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Councils and business networks across Somerset are working together to help provide financial lifelines for businesses struggling during the coronavirus pandemic. And they are urging businesses with healthier cash reserves to let those in greater need apply first for the Government grants that could make a big difference in the current crisis. All Somerset councils […]

Now more than ever, it is important to help those who are sleeping rough. You can use the Street Link app or website to send details of anyone you see who is vulnerable. Street Link then take the information and pass it onto outreach teams or local authorities to connect them with the person at risk. You […]

Easter will bring waste day changes for every household in Somerset. Pick-ups of recycling, rubbish and clinical waste due on Good Friday 10 April will take place on Saturday 11 April. No collections on Easter Monday 13 April mean all the week’s kerbside services are one day later, including Friday pick-ups on Saturday 18 April. […]

Somerset County Council’s Fostering service brought together 25 potential foster carers for a two-day preparation course using an online virtual platform that allowed all taking part to interact. The Skills to Foster course is usually run as a group with participants taking part in discussions and learning together. It gives potential foster carers the chance […]

Residents and would-be tourists are being urged to stay away from Somerset’s beauty spots and visitor attractions this Easter. With fine weather forecast and the Easter holidays about to start, it’s essential that the public is not tempted to travel to take advantage of the beautiful Somerset outdoors. Somerset’s local authorities oversee Areas of Outstanding […]

To help residents figure out which council to call, all of the 5 regional councils have come together to launch Somerset’s Coronavirus helpline. A single telephone number is now available for anyone in Somerset who needs Coronavirus-related support from their councils. The number, 0300 790 6275, is now live and will make it easier for […]

Wembdon community Covid-19 support group is a small, voluntary group, set up to help support the elderly and vulnerable in the Wembdon area. The small team are offering practical and emotional support during the current situation. While observing personal distancing practices, they are offering to collect prescriptions, do a little shopping, or walk dogs for […]

Sedgemoor District Councils Lifeline service, a  24 hour emergency on-call contact centre remains open and operational. Customers of lifeline can still use their emergency buttons as normal during this time. You can find out more about Lifeline and how the service supports the vulnerable community at sedgemoor.gov.uk 

The fantastic response of Somerset’s schools and education staff to the coronavirus emergency has been praised on a local and national level.Schools, colleges and Early Years providers across the county are playing a vital role in keeping frontline services running as they remain open for the children of key workers and for vulnerable pupils. Somerset […]

Sedgemoor District Council have suspended car parking charges for everyone in the SDC owned carparks. Key workers and NHS staff were given exemption by the Government and SDC felt that many people, community groups and organisations are also playing a key part in the national effort, so have extended free parking to all.    Season ticket […]

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