Tag Archives: carers

Coronavirus, caring and coping

As part of Carers Week Michael Wallis, Somerset County Council communications officer, talks about the challenges and the cheer of bringing up a child with Down Syndrome. I never really considered myself an unpaid carer, just a dad who happened to have a daughter that was disabled, but caring for my daughter is just what […]

Caring – a story of love and loss

As part of Carers Week, Somerset resident Zoe Hook (not her real name) opens up about her years of caring for family members including her husband. She shares her love, her loss and the appreciation caring gives you for the things you have. I first became a carer some decades ago. My mother’s depression and […]

Council urges healthcare workers to get FREE flu jab

All health and social care staff are urged to get their flu vaccination now to protect themselves and the most vulnerable people in our communities this winter. Somerset County Council, along with the Clinical Commissioning Group and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust, warn that with COVID-19 also circulating in communities this winter, catching flu and Coronavirus […]

Care providers aiming for outstanding

More than 70 Somerset care providers have come together for a County Council organised workshop on improving care quality. The last 12 months have seen a significant increase in number of care homes and providers rated ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ by the care watchdog the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The county is ahead of the regional […]

New Carers’ Support Service

A new refreshed and modernised service to improve the quality of life for carers and former carers living in the county will be provided by the Community Council for Somerset from October 2017. The new Carers’ Support Service has been co-designed by carers and former carers and funded by Somerset County Council and NHS Somerset […]

Local carers launch ‘Commitment’ to improve services

Local carers have launched a ‘Commitment to Carers’ to help create new and improved services in the county. Carers’ Voice Somerset, an organisation that represents local carers, has coordinated the development of the ‘Commitment to Carers’ in partnership with Somerset County Council, Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and local carers support providers. Over 70 carers […]

Somerset carers have a voice

Carers in Somerset have been given a voice to shape future plans for the support they will receive. The County’s first Carers Commitment is being developed by carers, Somerset County Council, Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and local carers support providers. It will include a set of priorities and plans for the support that carers […]

Somerset to celebrate Shared Lives Week

Shared Lives Carers and adults with disabilities from across the South West will be celebrating National Shared Lives Week with a fun day bowling next week (Thursday 16 October). The Shared Lives scheme provides an alternative to care homes for people with disabilities. Carers share their lives and homes with the people who need support, […]