Tag Archives: social care

Somerset praised for Panorama films

Two major local government bodies have applauded Somerset for helping bring national attention to the pressures on social care. An audience of millions is expected when the first of two Panorama films is broadcast on Wednesday, 29 May. The film crew spent ten months filming the County Council’s Adult Social Care teams, shining a light […]

Putting care in the spotlight

Somerset County Council will be helping put the pressures facing care for the elderly and vulnerable at top of the national agenda this month.   The Council’s Adult Social Care services are the subject of two, hour-long films by the BBC’s Panorama team, scheduled to be broadcast on BBC1 at 9pm Wednesday 29 May and […]

Somerset showcased for doing social care differently

Somerset’s trail-blazing work to help people stay independent has been held up as national example of good practice in a report published today (27 March). The ‘Reimagining Social Care’ report, produced by the influential Think Local Act Personal partnership, showcases the Community Connect approach – developed jointly by the County Council’s Adult Social Care service […]

Patients avoid 7,500 nights in hospital through Somerset’s Homefirst scheme

Patients avoided 7,500 nights in hospital and the NHS saved at least £2m to be reinvested by choosing a tailored Somerset help at home scheme. The pioneering ‘Homefirst’ scheme, which has been jointly developed by the County Council’s adult social care team and the county’s hospitals, reduces hospital stays by up to 10 days by […]

Community Connect expands

Somerset’s successful Community Connect initiative will be bolstered as the County Council expands its innovative support. The £200,000 investment will be used to recruit more Village Agents so this new way of working can support more vulnerable adults, including Sheltered Housing tenants. Community Connect is well-established across much of the county and enables people to […]

Looking for more magnificent micro-providers

Somerset’s trail-blazing micro-provider care initiative is looking for new community entrepreneurs. Created four years ago by the County Council in partnership with the Community Catalysts social enterprise, the project helps people with big ideas set-up very small care, help or support services. There are now nearly 400 micro-providers in Somerset providing around 1,600 people with […]

County welcomes fresh thinking on social care funding

Somerset County Council has welcomed comments from MPs discussing potential changes to the funding of social care. Although not supporting any specific approaches at this this stage, the authority is warmly welcoming fresh thinking on the subject at a time when the cost of care is contributing to big budget pressures. Demand for social care […]

Severe weather: Schools and libraries reopen

Monday 5 March Schools: We have not been made aware of any schools closed today due to adverse weather. School transport: We are not aware of any cancelled school transport routes. Park and Ride: Both sites serving Taunton are running normally.  Highways: While most main roads in our region are now passable with care, we still have […]

Help available for young carers

Over 200 young carers regularly receive help and support from Somerset County Council – but it is keen to reach others. Young carers are unpaid carers under 18 who give their time to provide regular care for a disabled or unwell relative, whilst also attending school and managing the usual changes of growing up. Somerset […]

Somerset backs call for care funding plan

Somerset County Council is backing a nationwide call for a sustainable solution to funding for social care. A report published today by the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) highlights the continuing shortfall in funding for social care across the country, despite the extra £2bn of funding announced in the Government’s spring budget. Somerset’s […]