Somerset News

Libraries to reopen and launch ‘Reading Friends’ service

Libraries to reopen and launch ‘Reading Friends’ service

Somerset Libraries are delighted to announce that from Monday 8th March, almost all libraries will be reopening, offering a limited service as lockdown measures start to ease. A new ‘Reading Friends’ befriending service will also be launched for those who may feel lonely or isolated in these continuing times. Libraries will initially be open in… Read More…

West of England Combined Authority celebrates commitment to Real Living Wage

West of England Combined Authority celebrates commitment to Real Living Wage

The West of England Combined Authority (WECA) has been accredited as a Living Wage Employer. Living Wage accreditation means that everyone working at the combined authority receives a minimum hourly wage of £9.50 – significantly higher than the government minimum for over 25s, currently £8.72 per hour. It also means that anyone who provides services… Read More…

Record number of secondary school places allocated

Record number of secondary school places allocated

A record number of Somerset young people waking up today (1 March) will discover which secondary school they’ll attend from this September – with 98 per cent offered a place at one of their top three choices. Despite the largest number of secondary school applications ever received (4654 this year compared to 4512 in 2020),… Read More…

A big boost for Children’s World’s Creative Community!

A big boost for Children’s World’s Creative Community!

Glastonbury charity Children’s World is delighted to announce that they have been awarded £45,000 from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund, which they will use to run a new ‘Creative Community’ project. The project has also received funding of £4,000 from Comic Relief COVID-19 Community Fund (England) via Groundwork UK and… Read More…

Volunteer from home and help to shape services across Somerset

Volunteer from home and help to shape services across Somerset

Want to volunteer but feel like your options are limited due to lockdown? Somerset County Council’s Digital Customer Volunteers initiative provides an opportunity for volunteers to help the Council provide better services, without having to leave home. Volunteers have played a crucial part in providing support to Somerset’s communities over the past year and helping… Read More…

Now is the time for One Somerset – one big opportunity to improve public services for all

Now is the time for One Somerset – one big opportunity to improve public services for all

Somerset County Council is calling on residents and businesses to get behind its ambitious plans for a new model of local government which offers improved public services for all. Today the government has begun a public consultation into changing the way local councils work in Somerset.  It gives everyone the chance to have their say on setting up a unitary council approach… Read More…

Somerset Holiday Activities and Food Programme  Easter Provision Applications Open

Somerset Holiday Activities and Food Programme Easter Provision Applications Open

Somerset County Council has joined up with Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership (SASP) to organise a programme for the forthcoming Easter Holidays aimed at countering the triple inequalities facing Somerset’s most disadvantaged young people – holiday hunger, physical inactivity, and social isolation. The County Council has already confirmed it will continue to fund Free School… Read More…

Go fizz free for your health and for your planet

Go fizz free for your health and for your planet

Most of us know that fizzy drinks are bad for our health, but many don’t realise they harm the environment too. Somerset County Council is encouraging everyone to reconsider their choice of drink and take part in Fizz Free February for a healthier future.  SUGAR SMART is bringing together public health messages such as tooth decay and obesity as well as shining a light on the environmental impact… Read More…

10 top things to occupy the kids this lockdown half-term

10 top things to occupy the kids this lockdown half-term

It can be challenging to keep children entertained during half term at the best of times, let alone during a lockdown. With isolation, the cold weather, and many children not able to go out on day trips, see grandparents or visit friends – this will not be a normal half term. Somerset County Council has… Read More…

Prime Minister’s praise for Somerset’s Covid response

Prime Minister’s praise for Somerset’s Covid response

Somerset County Council’s response to the coronavirus pandemic has been praised by the Prime Minister Boris Johnson. In a letter sent to Council Leader David Fothergill, the Prime Minster also said the Government had no concern about the Council’s use of Covid-19 funding and thanked the council for voluntarily reporting back on spending. The letter… Read More…

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