A new online maternity toolkit designed to offer accessible information to families about pregnancy and parenthood has been launched in Somerset for World Breastfeeding Week, 1st – 7th August. The new Somerset Maternity Toolkit, from Somerset County Council and the wider Local Maternity System (LMS) offers trustworthy information and digital support from pre-conception information and […]

A major scheme to repair drains and resurface a key route in Glastonbury is planned to take place in August. The A361 at Bere Lane is showing signs of deterioration with numerous cracks and potholes on the carriageway. The scheme combines drainage work and resurfacing to reduce the frequency of closures in the area and […]

Faced with the uncertainties of lockdown during a pandemic, there are not too many 21-year-olds who would think about taking on two young foster children. But Rachel is different from most young people and has spent the past two months being an emergency foster carer to a two-year-old boy and his year-old sister. And the […]

Improved public services and better outcomes for Somerset communities took a major step forward today after Somerset county councillors backed a new approach to local government. County Councillors approved the One Somerset business case, which sets out ambitious and innovative plans to abolish all five Councils and replace them with a single council bringing numerous benefits and opportunities to Somerset businesses and communities. “This was a big step, a really historic step, but one that will end confusion over which council does what and […]

Devon, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards are holding an online event to promote mental health and wellbeing in the farming community on Friday 31 July. The ongoing Covid-19 crisis and increasing industry pressures mean that the region’s farmers are under pressure more than ever. This has led to increased incidents of mental illness within the […]

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Somerset’s five local authorities are undertaking a joint business survey to assess the impacts of COVID-19 (coronavirus) on the economy. Prepared with input from stakeholders across the county, including the Somerset Chamber of Commerce and Federation of Small Businesses, the survey will provide vital intelligence to help support local business response and recovery work. Businesses […]

Somerset County Council’s trail-blazing use of robot technology, to help poorly children learn, is in line for a top award – and has been commended nationally. In the biggest initiative of its kind in the country, the Council invested in 50 AV1 robots to support children who can’t be in school – whether it’s because […]

A £600k funding injection over three years from Somerset County Council and some great partnership working means more vulnerable families in Somerset will receive the help and support they need. The Somerset Early Help Fund has been launched and promoted by the Somerset Community Foundation in partnership with the County Council. It is working with […]

Somerset Head Teachers have issued a resounding message to pupils across the county – “School is the best place for you, we can’t wait to see you back”. As education leaders prepare for the return of all pupils from September, work has already begun to ensure parents and pupils are reassured and feel positive about […]