Tag Archives: Cllr William Wallace

New ‘drop-in’ opens in Bridgwater

A new care and support ‘Community Connect’ drop-in opens in Bridgwater next week. The drop-in will take place at the Admirals Landing pub in Bridgwater (TA6 3EX) on the first and third Wednesday of every month from 10am to 12noon – starting on Wednesday 15 March. At the drop-in people can find information and advice […]

Adult social care services get innovative

An innovative approach to adult social care in West Somerset is benefitting local people and communities. The pilot project has been running in the West Somerset area for the last nine months. The team have been working hard to change the way they work to help people keep or regain their independence and connect more […]

Colliers Court garden has a makeover thanks to community initiative

Colliers Court in Frome benefitted from a makeover thanks to a community initiative set up by Somerset County Council, Skanska and Southwest One. The partner’s initiative, new for 2016, offers time and manpower to make improvements to community spaces. Colliers Court Resource Centre in Frome was identified as one location to benefit from the scheme. […]

Celebrations for adults with LD following major care home refurbishment

Adults with learning disabilities are celebrating major improvements to two residential care homes following major thanks to Somerset County Council. On Tuesday 4 October clients and staff at Selwyn and Russet in Yeovil will mark the refurbishment of the premises with a ribbon-cutting and celebration event. The work started around six months ago represents a […]

Somerset supports national call for more funding for adult social care

Somerset County Council is joining a nationwide call for more funding for social care services. It is supporting lobbying by the national Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) to address the shortfall in funding for adult social care services. Adults social care services provide vital care and support for older and vulnerable people, […]

Vanessa’s Story – how community micro-providers gave family a creative care solution

Somerset’s growing army of community micro-providers is playing a key role in meeting the county’s care needs and giving people in Somerset more choice over their care. Nationally and locally there is a growing shortage of carers and care agencies are struggling to recruit more. Somerset has recognised this issue and has kick started a […]

Improving mental health and dementia services in Somerset

Key organisations have been discussing how to ensure Somerset’s mental health and dementia services are fit for the future. Over 40 people from a wide variety of different organisations, such as community based support and residential support, attended a meeting earlier this month. Cllr William Wallace, Cabinet Member for Adults Services at Somerset County Council, […]

A ‘Big Day’ for Learning Disability in Somerset

More than 100 people took part in an event organised by Somerset’s Learning Disability Partnership Board this week encouraging people to champion the rights of people with learning disabilities. The ‘Big Day’ event was supported by Somerset County Council and the Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and attracted people with learning disabilities, carers, service providers […]

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 […]

Over 40 new care and support enterprises set up in 12 months

Over 40 new care and support providers have set up enterprises in the county in the last year thanks to the Somerset County Council’s micro-enterprise project. The project, delivered in partnership with Community Catalysts, encourages local people with a good idea or local solution to set up as a small enterprise. The aim is to […]