Tag Archives: David Fothergill

Volunteers needed to support young people in care

Volunteers are urgently needed to help support Somerset children and young people in care have fun, gain confidence, rebuild trust and speak up for them in key meetings. Age and background don’t matter – but commitment and a willingness to connect with children and young people who need independent support are essential. Somerset County Council […]

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Council welcomes Spending Review announcements

The Leader of Somerset County Council has welcomed this week’s funding announcements – but said the push for cross-party work on long-term reform of social care funding must continue. In yesterday’s 2020/21 Spending Review announcements, the Chancellor of the Exchequer said councils will have access to an extra £1.5bn for care in 2020/21 as a […]

New grants feed grass-roots action

Somerset’s County Councillors will have £2,000 each to fund community projects that improve lives under a new scheme launched in September. The Improving Lives Grants Scheme has been created to kick-start and support voluntary and grass-roots initiatives that bring people together and help communities stay connected and thrive. Whether it’s a project to reduce isolation, […]

Volunteer Elaine wins Pride Award

Somerset volunteer Elaine Culley has been honoured for her role in supporting young people and vulnerable adult detainees who enter police custody. Elaine volunteers as an ‘Appropriate Adult’ for Somerset County Council’s Youth Offending Team and has been recognised with a Pride award, presented by Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens. The awards pay tribute […]

National bodies back Somerset’s Stand Up For Care petition

Three major local government bodies have given their backing to Somerset County Council’s Stand Up For Care petition. Launched last week, the petition calls for cross-party discussions before Christmas on how to address the national social care funding shortfall. Leaders of all political groups at the County Council have given it their backing and they […]

All parties Stand Up For Care

Leaders of all the political groups at Somerset County Council have given their backing to the authority’s online social care petition. The Stand Up For Care petition launched this week is calling for cross-party discussions before Christmas to end the national social care funding shortfall. Leaders of all the Political Groups have endorsed the petition […]

Minister’s tribute to Somerset’s Panorama role

The Minister for Health and Social Care today paid tribute to Somerset County Council for its work with Panorama highlighting the pressures on social care. Secretary of State, Matt Hancock MP, said that Somerset had “done a service to all those who care about social care” by allowing documentary makers to film with its adult […]

£1m Prevention Fund to improve lives

Local councillors and Somerset’s Youth Parliament will be helping distribute a new £1m County Council Prevention Fund, under plans being looked at next week. The fund, which will be discussed by the Council’s Cabinet on Monday (10 June), has been set-up to finance Council work and community projects that prevent issues, problems and needs developing; […]

Second Panorama film set for broadcast

The second of two Panorama documentary films about the pressures facing social care across the country will be aired on Wednesday at 9pm on BBC1. The films are the result of ten months filming with Somerset County Council’s adult social care teams, shining a light on the incredible work going on in care and the […]

Transport Minister welcomed to Somerset

The M5, A303/A358 and improved strategic rail links were among the topics of conversation as the Leader of Somerset County Council welcomed the Secretary of State for Transport to Taunton today. Councillor David Fothergill hosted the event at Somerset County Cricket Club where MPs, council leaders and key members of the local business community had […]