Author Archives: D Porter

Take a break with Dry January

Drinkers are encouraged to take a break from the booze this January – and have a dry one. Somerset County Council is backing ‘Dry January’, the national campaign led by Alcohol Change UK which aims to encourage drinkers to give up alcohol for the month and reset their relationship. During Dry January last year, 88 […]

Age is no protection!

Latest figures reveal Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and HIV in Somerset are on the increase – and Somerset County Council is reminding everyone this World Aids Day (1 December) that ‘age is no protection’. Somerset has seen an increase year on year in the number of people being diagnosed with HIV. The County does not […]

Somerset school children help fight flu

Somerset primary school children are well on their way to helping fight flu after hundreds of children across the County have now been vaccinated. For the first time, the flu vaccination is being offered to all school children in primary schools, from reception to year 6, and all children in special schools. For most people […]

#16Days of action to help combat domestic abuse

Somerset County Council is backing a nationwide campaign to raise awareness of domestic violence in a bid to end it. Sixteen Days of Action against domestic abuse started this week (Monday 25 November) and runs until Monday 10 December. Working with partners, including health and police professionals, the Council wants to raise awareness of domestic […]

Don’t let your tipple topple your health

Many of us enjoy a tipple or two, but Somerset County Council and health partners are encouraging everyone this Alcohol Awareness Week (11 to 17 Nov) to know their limits and get everyone thinking and talking about their drinking. This week’s theme is ‘Alcohol and me’ and aims to raise awareness of the health risks […]

‘Every Mind Matters’ – how’s yours?

Somerset residents experiencing anxiety, stress, low mood and trouble sleeping are encouraged to visit a new ‘Every Mind Matters’ website to empower them to take action to manage and improve their mental health. Somerset County Council and local NHS partners are delighted to support Public Health England’s launch of this innovative self-help website (www.healthysomerset.co.uk), which […]

Funding available to help older people remain active and connected

The Active Living Programme provides small grants of up to £2,000 to grass roots community groups and local charities that promote and help older people in their community to stay physically and mentally active in later life – but there’s not long left: the deadline to apply is Monday 21 October. The grants have been […]

‘COMMON SALT’ seasons Somerset libraries

Common Salt – a ‘show and tell’ performance around a table – begins a national tour this autumn with a chance to see it at three Somerset Libraries – Wells, Frome and Yeovil from this month. Common Salt explores the colonial, geographical history of England and India taking an expansive and emotional time-travel, from the […]

Volunteer Drivers celebrate going the extra mile

Over 40 volunteer drivers attended a special event this week to mark the thousands of miles they travel each year driving people from across Somerset to vital medical appointments. After listening to a presentation by Road Safety experts, the volunteer drivers were each awarded a certificate by Cllr John Woodman, Cabinet Member for Highways and […]

Don’t Slip Up

To help prevent slips and falls in the home and outdoors, Somerset County Council has been promoting some top tips online on how to reduce the risk of a fall this ‘Slips and Falls’ Awareness Week (23-29 Sep). As people get older, there is an increased risk of falling. Simple measures however can reduce the […]