Social workers are going to be based in Somerset's A&E departments and ambulance control room ahead of this winter.
It's a new idea to try and prevent unnecessary admissions to hospital, where a person needs social care rather than medical attention.
The social workers would then find the support needed to help that person in their home.
Somerset County Council will base a social worker at Musgrove Park and Yeovil District Hospital.
It says it's spent the last couple of years trying to get people out of hospital more quickly, and is now trying to prevent unnecessary admissions in the first place, by getting the right social care in place in people's homes.
Tim Baverstock is assistant director of Adult social care at the council.
He says he's confident it will help staff in the ambulance control room.
A total of 260 new homes will be built on Bridgwater’s eastern edge – but less than one in eight will be affordable.
Winters and Edward Ware Homes was granted planning permission in June 2018 to build the homes at the southern end of Bower Lane, near the A372 Westonzoyland Road.
The site forms part of a wider development of land to the west of the M5, with a new spine road being built to connect the A372 with the A39 Bath Road.
The committee met in Bridgwater on 15 October to approve revised proposals – which will see the number of affordable homes significantly reduced from 78 to 32.
Planning officer Adrian Noon said in his written report to the committee that the proposal was still “consistent” with the council’s Local Plan, insofar as it did not jeopardise either the spine road or the rest of the areas being developed.
Radio Bristol: First Bus says it has deployed extra Metrobuses on the M1 route to address recent reports of over-crowding. Passengers have told the BBC they're frequently unable to get on the service because they're full up by the time they arrive at their stop.
BBC Somerset: A mother from West Somerset has been on hunger strike in Taunton to try and raise awareness of climate change. Penny Holmes - who's a member of the group Extinction Rebellion - hasn't eaten since Sunday lunchtime and has been peacefully protesting on the high street.
BBC Gloucestershire: A secondary school in Gloucester
is warning parents about the dangers of fake social media accounts.It follows several reports of
pupils at Severn Vale School in Quedgely being contacted by an adult posing as
a teenager online.
BBC Wiltshire: A warrant's been issued for the arrest of a man for the
manslaughter of a woman at a slapping therapy workshop in Wiltshire. Danielle Carr-Gomm, 71, died at Cleeve House near
Melksham in 2016 during the controversial therapy - to help her deal with her
Updated plans to replace a Radstock supermarket and build up to 54 homes have been recommended for approval.
Bath and North East Somerset Council officers said the public benefits from the Radstock Co-operative Society (Radco) scheme outweighed the harm to the conservation area, the lack of affordable housing and the loss of two-thirds of the parking spaces.
Radco chief executive Don Morris said its flagship store was its only branch to make a loss last year and the “only solution is to replace the store with a smaller, better designed building”.
Recommending approval of the plans, council officers said: “The public benefits of the proposed development are clear and substantial.
Search for a home for Britain's 'loneliest dog'
Bath Cats and Dogs Home is trying to find a home for a three-year-old Staffie called Faith, who's been labelled Britain's loneliest log.
Faith was brought to the centre after she was found dodging traffic in Bath by the actor Anthony Head.
She's now been at Bath Cats and Dogs Home for nearly 1,000 days - and the centre wants anyone interested in adopting her to get in touch.
The daughter of a woman, whose body was found in a Somerset lake, is calling on the government to give legal aid to bereaved families to pay for representation at inquests.
The coroner found nine failings in Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership's care for Julie Carter-Montacute, who was found drowned in a lake in the Chew Valley last year after suffering from depression for many years.
Her daughter Becky Montacute said the failings were only recorded because she got help at the inquest from a friend who is a lawyer.
The Ministry of Justice said: “Bereaved families are supported by coroners who can ask questions on their behalf, and we are making wider changes to offer them more help at such a difficult time.”
Kenyan man wants to find Portishead family who sponsored him as a child
More than 30 years after their kindness paid for his accommodation, a Kenyan man wants to track down the Portishead family that sponsored him.
Marko Wekesa still has the postcard sent to him by the Rogers family in September 1985 when they began sponsoring him through a charity called Action Aid Kenya. Their donations helped pay for the orphanage where he stayed.
The sponsorship ended in 1991 and now Marko wants to reconnect with the Rogers to thank them for their support.
"I would love to reconnect with them because they are a wonderful family," said Marko, who now works as a forest ranger in Kenya.
Anyone who can help with the whereabouts of the Rogers family, who had two sons called Simon and Michael, should contact BBC Radio Bristol.
Rugby stars to compete in Celebrity X Factor
A Bath rugby player is going to be competing in the upcoming series of Celebrity X Factor.
Winger Levi Davis is one of the contestants on the popular talent show, of which a new series starts tomorrow night.
He'll be singing with fellow rugby players Ben Foden and Thom Evans as part of group Try Star, and they'll be competing against the likes of Martin Bashir, Riki Lake and Vinnie Jones.
Every Mind Matters wants to beat stress with simple changes
Simple changes to help deal with stress and anxiety are at the heart of a new platform designed to get people through life's ups and downs.
Every Mind Matters invites users to answer multi-choice questions then creates a personalised action plan.
It's been created by Public Health
England and the NHS as a new
way of empowering people to manage and improve their mental health.
In the South West 22% of people who experienced signs of poor mental health
waited at least six months before taking steps to manage their mental health.
Mark from Weston-super-Mare was in his 20s when he lost a daughter which resulted in his relationship with the mother breaking down.
"When I was depressed I really hit rock bottom," he said.
After struggling with depression and low self-esteem Mark started taking illegal drugs to cope with the pain.
"I found it difficult to talk to anyone about what I was going through," he said.
Mark saw a GP
who told him he was suffering from depression and prescribed anti-depressants
which reacted badly with the illegal drugs that he was still taking at the
time and he had to give up work.
In 2012, he went into
recovery which helped him turn his life around.
Part of the recovery involved getting fit with regular trips to the gym.
continued with his fitness and ran the Bristol Half Marathon in September 2019.
He is now
working as a support worker in supported housing.
To mark the launch of the platform, a short film written by Richard Curtis and directed by Rankin, has been made featuring celebrities including Gillian Anderson, Davina McCall, Glenn Close, Freddie Flintoff, Professor Green and Nadiya Hussain talking about their own experiences.
Purse snatcher took elderly woman's silver crucifix
A thief who snatched an elderly woman's purse in Clevedon stole a silver crucifix which was given to her by her grandfather on her wedding day.
The four-inch cross has been carried by the woman in her purse every day since.
The theft happened in Lidl on Great Western Road at about 12noon on 1st October.
Police have made the appeal for help to find the cross which has "great sentimental value" to the woman.
Second-hand shops and jewellers have been asked to contact the police if they are
offered a silver crucifix.
Every Mind Matters: Help with stress, low mood or trouble sleeping
Matters is a new
platform which aims to show people simple steps they can take
to be better prepared for life’s ups and downs.