In support of Mental Health Awareness Week, 9 – 15 May, Somerset County Council is encouraging residents to ‘lift someone out of loneliness’. Mental Health Awareness Week, run by the Mental Health Foundation, focuses on improving good mental health throughout the country. This year’s theme is exploring the impact of loneliness and how we can […]

Somerset Public Health is urging everyone who is eligible to get a free NHS Health Check to lower their risk of developing serious health conditions. The NHS Health Check is available for anyone between the age of 40 and 74 years, every five years, who does not have a pre-existing long-term condition. The NHS Health […]

Mothers who smoke during pregnancy will be given incentives to “kick the habit” as part of a package of increased support being launched by Somerset County Council to mark World No Tobacco Day, May 31. Let’s Kick It Together, a campaign from the Mums2Be Smokefree Service and the NHS, aims to reduce smoking before, during […]

An inspirational Somerset care leaver spent the day at Buckingham Palace last Friday (20 May) to receive the prestigious Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award.    Elias, who spent 3 years in a Somerset foster home before recently moving on to live independently, is believed to be the first Somerset care leaver to achieve a Gold Duke […]

Sky Academy Students had their first experience of the plastering business today, joining Morrissey Plastering and Drylining in decorating the walls of the new construction project in their school. Construction company Willmott Dixon have been continuing their work with students from Sky Academy, Taunton by organising another on site taster session and site visit providing […]

It’s national ‘Thank a Teacher’ day on 26 May 2022, giving everyone an opportunity to send a message of gratitude to the hard working educational professionals who helped shape lives today. Somerset County Council is inviting everyone to share their videos on the Council’s social media thanking that one teacher who made the biggest impact […]

More and more ambitious young people in Somerset are taking up the opportunity to improve their leadership and communication skills by pursuing a Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) Award. Following two years of turbulence caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the Somerset DofE team are delighted that a total of 2,649 students have started an award in […]

More than two hundred blood pressure monitor kits are available for loan from libraries in the county to raise awareness of high blood pressure and to coincide with World Hypertension Day on 17 May. About 3 in 10 adults in Somerset have high blood pressure but 1 in 10 don’t know it. It is a […]

Man taking part in dementia technology demonstration holding a paintbrush over digital artwork

Health and social care organisations in Somerset have unveiled ambitious plans to invest in services and transform care for the county’s 9,400 people living with dementia. Somerset County Council is working with the NHS Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group and community and charitable sectors to redesign nursing and residential homes, and invest in new technologies and […]

A water company has been handed a significant fine after being found guilty of seven offences relating to work carried on a road last year.

Somerset County Council’s gritting teams are packing up for the season after travelling the equivalent of nearly two times around the world this winter.

Weston-super-Mare hosted the third leg of the Somerset Jubilee Jaunt on Thursday, May 12. The Jaunt sees the Lord Lieutenant (the Queen’s representative in Somerset Mrs Annie Maw) take part in a 70-mile trek from Clevedon to Exmoor split into seven 10-mile sections to celebrate the region as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, in […]