Tag Archives: social care

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 […]

Council Leader welcomes social care funding and Green Paper pledge

The Leader of Somerset County Council has welcomed today’s announcement of extra money for social care and a commitment to address its long-term funding. In his budget, the Chancellor announced an extra of £2bn for local authorities over three years for social care, with £1bn available in the next financial year. Philip Hammond also revealed […]

Somerset’s successful second bid to train new children’s social workers

A partnership of South West local authorities led by Somerset County Council has successfully bid for Government funding to train a further 49 children’s social workers. The Government’s Step Up to Social Work programme encourages graduates with experience of working with children and young people to train for social work. Student social workers are placed […]

Nominate your Children and Young Person’s Worker of the Year

For the second year running, children and young people supported by Somerset Children’s Social Care can say a big thank you to the staff who make a difference to them. The council is urging any child or young person who wants to see their key worker recognised for going the extra mile to come forward […]

Leader of Council helps raise awareness of child sexual exploitation

Child sexual exploitation is happening in Somerset. That’s the uncompromising message Somerset County Council is helping to spread as part of a new campaign to raise awareness of this devastating form of abuse affecting children and young people. The council is working with Avon & Somerset Police and other partners to increase public understanding of […]