Children asked to help with new Somerset “Healthy, Happy and Safe” Campaign

Children in Somerset are being encouraged to take part in a campaign to design a logo for a new ‘Healthy, Happy and Safe’ campaign aimed at countering the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic.

The Healthy Somerset website – run by Somerset County Council’s Public Health team, has been updated to provide key information on dealing with the UK’s ‘lockdown.’

The website includes information on how to access help and support across a range of public health topics from breastfeeding and giving up smoking to support for victims of domestic abuse.

And now Somerset County Council’s Public Health is launching a competition for local children, including those currently in schools, to come up with a logo to accompany the campaign.

To enter, simply upload a picture of your drawing or artwork that is inspired by our theme ‘Healthy, Happy and Safe’ to Somerset County Council’s Facebook and Twitter pages with the hashtag #HealthyHappySafeLogoCompetition.

Te closing date for the competition is Thursday 30th April and the winning design will be used on the Healthy Somerset website and across social media to support the campaign.

Trudi Grant, Somerset’s Director of Public Health, said: “Everyone knows how difficult it is right now.  A lot of people are struggling with the restrictions, which are so necessary to make sure we combat Covid 19.  That is why we have updated our website to provide valuable information and links to places where people can access help and support.

She continued: “We would encourage as many of you as possible to get involved in this competition and hope it will be something that young people will enjoy being part of, including those children that are at school during this time.”

Councillor Clare Paul, Cabinet Member for Public Health & Wellbeing and Climate Change, said: “Over the next few weeks we will be posting new information to the website which we hope will help you to stay healthy, happy and safe in your own home.

She added: “Important provision is in place for children of key workers and vulnerable children to be at school, however there is a large number of children staying home at this difficult time and we hope this will be a fun activity that they can all get involved in whether they are at home or at school.  I am looking forward to seeing the entries.”

One of the links takes you to a package of help called ‘Be Active At Home’ provided by the Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership (SASP) – and there is even a ‘How Are You’ health quiz.

You can access all the information through the following link: https://www.healthysomerset.co.uk/covid-19/

A single phone number is now available for anyone in Somerset who needs Coronavirus-related support from their councils. The Somerset Coronavirus Support Helpline number, 0300 790 6275, is now live and will make it easier for people access any local authority help they may need, including emotional support, in the current crisis.