Somerset County Council
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About Somerset County Council

We're a hugely ambitious council, committed to improving the lives of our residents, communities and businesses in the beautiful county of Somerset. We're working hard to build a culture that promotes innovation, while rewarding, valuing and recognising our people. We strive for everyone here to have the opportunity to grow and develop, professionally – 

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Latest news and updates

We've just announced a £10m boost for public health to aid Somerset’s recovery from Covid! We're putting the health of Somerset’s residents first with a £10m boost to embed public health across all areas of council services. Cllr David Fothergill, Leader of Somerset County Council, said: “As we look ahead to the next 12 months there is nothing more important than the health of our county – whether that’s physical, mental or economic. Read the full story here: https://somersetnewsroom.com/2021/05/18/10m-boost-for-public-health-to-aid-somersets-recovery-from-covid/

What we can offer you

We work hard to attract (and keep) the best and the brightest people, and we want to make sure that once you've joined us you're well supported and rewarded for the work you do. We treat everyone as an individual. From carers support to flexible working, we do everything we can to help you achieve the work-life balance that is right for you. Need some extra time off? Our salary deduction scheme means you can apply for up to two weeks additional unpaid leave each year. We’ll give you every opportunity to develop and achieve your full potential. Our people have told us they get a real sense of being valued at Somerset County Council. We make it a priority to look after your health and wellbeing. We’ve invested in the Working Well programme, which provides information, guidance and support on a range of issues, including stress management, Occupational Health and our Rapid Access to Physio scheme. We also have a team of Working Well Champions and Mental Health Ambassadors who support workplace wellbeing.

Diversity and inclusion

We’re proud to be here for everyone in Somerset. When you start working with us, we’ll ask you to do half a day of equal opportunities training. We also have a number of policies and initiatives in place to support our commitment to diversity and inclusion. Our support networks include: Equality and Diversity Forum / Wellbeing Network / Armed Forces Network / BME NOW Network / Carers Network / Disability Network / LGBTQ+ Network / Men’s Health and Women’s Health networks / Neurodiversity Network

Join our social care teams

Our adults’ and children’s social care teams talk about what social care is all about here in Somerset. Everything we do is about getting closer to the people, communities we serve and the partners we work with. We’re immensely proud of the work we do now, and we have big plans and, exciting ambitions for the future. We’d love you to join us to make them happen. We recently launched Family Solutions Somerset - a new way of working in Children's Services, designed to support sustainable change to help families thrive. This includes our Family Safeguarding Teams, Family Drug and Alcohol Court, Pause and Safe Families. Whichever team you join, you'll be working to a family strengths-based approach to social work; working with families to help them improve their own lives.

Our approach to recruitment

When it comes to recruitment, it’s about making sure that we’re right for each other. That it’s the job you want, that it’s right for you and you’re right for it. So we don’t just look at, say, your technical ability or qualifications – important as they are. We look at you, your personality and how you’ll get on in the job.

Living and working in Somerset

Somerset is special. A county with a lot to offer. Beautiful stretches of sandy coastline, caves, moors, the unique Somerset Levels, get-away-from-it-all areas of outstanding natural beauty, cool-list towns, internationally renowned art galleries, the world’s largest green-field music festival and great local food and produce. And yes, that includes copious amounts of cheese and cider! What's not to love? It's all here on your doorstep. Somerset enjoys good road, rail and air travel networks. With easy access routes to the rest of the country, you can get to London by train in less than 2 hours, and you'll find national and international flights from and to Bristol and Exeter airports, both easily accessible from the M5 motorway.