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Somerset Libraries Presents!

Somerset Libraries Presents!

Staff from libraries across Somerset have been busy creating dozens of great videos for children of all ages to enjoy each week online. These include regular story times, health and wellbeing videos, top tips on cooking and gardening and of course some useful book reviews.

There have already been thousands of views for the different videos and the digital library offer has also been extended to include quizzes, podcasts and even a very helpful guide on what flowers to look out for in verges when walking the beautiful Somerset lanes.

Councillor David Hall, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for Libraries, said: “We really want people to engage with Somerset Libraries and even though the buildings are temporarily closed, we have a vast amount of online content for people to enjoy. The feedback and comments that we have received on social media so far proves that there is a growing demand for digital content, and it seems that people are really appreciating the many different aspects we can offer. This includes free books, audiobooks, magazines and even newspapers to download onto smartphones or tablets and laptops.”

To see the videos created so far visit www.glassboxtaunton.co.uk/videos or find Somerset Libraries UK on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to see regular new content. The full programme of online events and activities can be found at www.somerset.gov.uk/libraries.

Wiltshire company offers helping hand to schools

Wiltshire company offers helping hand to schools

A Wiltshire company is offering a helping hand by donating 3,000 hand sanitisers to local schools as they prepare for the summer term. Meiyume, based in Trowbridge, is providing the kit and Wiltshire Council’s passenger transport unit is organising the logistics so all schools will have them in the summer term. The generous donation is… Read More…

GP video appointments help thousands of patients in Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire

GP video appointments help thousands of patients in Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire

Thousands of patients in Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire are now benefiting from video-based appointments, as well as patient care delivered remotely by GPs and other primary care staff, thanks to the combined efforts of NHS organisations across the region. NHS organisations have worked together to rapidly help more than 1,000 GPs,… Read More…

Reuse your recycling for creative ways to play

Reuse your recycling for creative ways to play

Tixylix – leading children’s dry and tickly cough brand offers some inspiration on creative ways to reuse everyday recyclable items to keep your little ones entertained at home! Host a scavenger hunt If you save up all of your recyclables for the weekly bin run, a great game to play is the recycling scavenger hunt.… Read More…

Somerset’s joint inspection of SEND services by Ofsted and CQC report published

Somerset’s joint inspection of SEND services by Ofsted and CQC report published

A report into how well Somerset meets the needs of children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and their families has been published today by Ofsted (Office for Standards in Education) and Care Quality Commission (CQC). Inspectors visited and undertook a joint inspection of SEND Services in the local area of… Read More…

Somerset pharmacies offer a safe place for victims of domestic abuse

Somerset pharmacies offer a safe place for victims of domestic abuse

People experiencing domestic abuse are now able to access local support through Somerset pharmacies thanks to a joint local initiative. Somerset County Council, the Clinical Commissioning Group and the Local Pharmaceutical Council have been working with pharmacies across the county to arrange for their consulting rooms to be available as a safe place, where anybody… Read More…

Region becomes only second in the country to provide free NHS treatment for urgent eye care at high street opticians

Region becomes only second in the country to provide free NHS treatment for urgent eye care at high street opticians

People across Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire can now access free NHS treatment for urgent eye care from their local optician. Thanks to a brand-new service – commissioned by the region’s recently-merged CCG – high street opticians can offer free treatment for urgent eye conditions, such as itchy and red eyes, scratched… Read More…

The Bishop’s Palace Re-Opens Gardens to the Public

The Bishop’s Palace Re-Opens Gardens to the Public

Following the updated government advice on 23rd May (“Coronavirus – guidance on accessing green spaces safely”), The Bishop’s Palace Gardens will open to the public for the first time in over two months at 12pm on Sunday 24th May. The first day, Sunday 24th May, will be reserved for Members only, in order to limit… Read More…

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