Tag Archives: William Wallace

County gears up for Somerset Day

Somerset County Council will be helping celebrate the county’s show-stopping talent as part of this year’s Somerset Day celebrations. Council Chairman William Wallace is helping host ‘A Celebration of Somerset Talent’ event taking place in Cedars Hall in Wells on 12 May in aid of the Somerset Hospice Movement. A concert featuring the Drystones Folk […]

Council welcomes Somerset’s first Aldermen

Four former councillors have been recognised for their service to the County Council and the people of Somerset with a new honour. Last year the County Council agreed to create the new position of Honorary Aldermen. Its meeting this week saw the County’s first ever recipients sworn in by the Chairman of the Council, Councillor […]

A starter for ten thanks to £1.2m LD homes cash

People with Learning Disabilities will have a helping hand to own their own homes thanks to a successful Somerset County Council bid for Government funding. As well as securing £1m to help home ownership, the authority has also been awarded £214,000 towards the cost of new technology that will help people with Learning Disabilities live […]

National recognition for Somerset’s micro-enterprise project

Somerset’s ground-breaking community micro-enterprise project has been recognised on the national stage. Delivered in partnership with social enterprise Community Catalysts, it was highlighted at a national conference for providing an innovative new approach to meeting care and support needs. The conference, ‘A new future for social care?’, run by the charity think tank The Kings […]

One year on for the Care Act

More information, better choice and greater control: Somerset County Council is today (1 April) celebrating the impact the Care Act on its first anniversary. The new legislation came into force a year ago with the aim of making care and support more consistent across the country and much has changed in Somerset. People can now […]

Interns in SEARCH for paid employment

Nine young people with Learning Disabilities are on the path to paid employment as part of a pioneering initiative run by Somerset County Council, Musgrove Park Hospital and Somerset College. The initiative is known as Project SEARCH, a one-year programme which aims to give young people with Learning Disabilities the skills to obtain competitive paid […]

Devastating break-in at centre for adults with Learning Disabilities

Adults with Learning Disabilities and members of staff have been left devastated after a day centre in Glastonbury was ransacked by burglars. Intruders targeted the Beckery Centre on two occasions over the weekend of 10 October, cutting wires to the alarms, breaking windows and doors, pulling cupboards off hinges, and turning the reception upside down. […]

Independent care and support providers get together in West Somerset

Over a dozen would-be care providers came together last week for advice and support about how to set up and launch their independent enterprises. The event, hosted by Community Catalysts in partnership with Somerset County Council, was part of the Micro-enterprise project, an initiative aimed at harnessing the talents and imagination of local people to […]

Free advertising on Somerset Choices

Care and support providers and local groups across the county are urged to add themselves to a new website called Somerset Choices. Somerset Choices, which is set to launch later this month, will transform the way people find local care and support services. The site will not only provide a wealth of useful information and […]

Countdown to Care Reforms Begins

Somerset County Council is well prepared for the Care Act reforms and urging people to find out how changes to care and support will benefit them from 1st April 2015. The new care reforms, which are the most significant for over 60 years, will affect people who receive care and support in Somerset and unpaid […]