Author Archives: D Porter

Make today the day to quit smoking

Support is available across Somerset to give up smoking, and there’s no better time to make ‘today the day’ with national No Smoking Day this week. Taking place on Wednesday 13 March, the campaign’s focus is ‘today is the day’, highlighting the variety of reasons and benefits people give up smoking. These include improving lifestyle, […]

Stay strong and steady to help prevent a fall

Research confirms that anyone wanting to reduce their risk of having a fall will benefit from attending local Stay Strong Stay Steady classes to improve strength and balance. The classes, a joint venture between Age UK Somerset and Somerset County Council, provide an opportunity to meet others whilst building and maintaining strength, balance and confidence […]

New Monthly Social Group for Adults with Learning Disabilities

Make new friends, have your say and have fun are the key aims of a new Taunton monthly peer support group for adults with learning disabilities launching this month. Taking place in Taunton Library, the first meeting is due to take place on 15 March from 11am to 12.30pm and is free to attend. As […]

Share your experiences of health visiting services in Somerset

Parents of young children in Somerset are being asked to share their views and experiences about the health visiting services they have received in the County, to help shape the service going forward. The county’s independent health and social care champion Healthwatch Somerset wants to find out about parents of under 5s experience of the […]

Somerset schools supporting Mental Health

Over 60 Somerset schools have signed up to the County Council’s approach to supporting young people’s wellbeing and mental health. This week is Children’s Mental Health Awareness week (4 – 10 February) and with 10 per cent of pupils known to have a clinically diagnosed mental health issue (DfE 2015), the Council recognises the importance […]

Time to talk about mental health

Somerset County Council’s Public health team is using ‘Time to Talk’ day (7 February) to encourage everyone to have a conversation about mental health today, and every day. Mental health affects around 70,000 people at any one time in Somerset and it’s estimated that nearly one in four adults experience at least one mental health […]

Outing the Past

Come along and find out more about LGBT and its history in Somerset Libraries first ‘Outing the Past’ Festival taking place in Taunton Library on 2 February 2019. In celebration of the national LGBT History month, the Festival programme starts at 10.45am and covers a wide variety of topics and historical periods – attendees can […]

Somerset Wood: Help plant the trees please

Volunteers looking for a healthy start to 2019 are being urged to join the first big tree-planting initiative for the Somerset Wood. The first batch of 1,200 broad-leaved trees will be delivered by The Woodland Trust in the first two weeks of 2019 and organisers want to get them in the ground before the end […]

Shepton Mallet Library Location Decision Deferred

The Somerset Libraries redesign report published earlier this week recommends Somerset County Council continues to run a library building in Shepton Mallet, but its exact location is still to be decided. The existing library building provides limited opportunities to improve the current library service (for example, increasing opening hours) and doesn’t represent good value for […]

Tell us your views on health and care

On Monday (15 October) the first of a number of county-wide events takes place to hear local people’s views on health and care in Somerset, and explore how it could change in future. Somerset CCG, the NHS acute hospital trusts, Somerset Partnership (mental and community health services), and Somerset County Council have jointly launched a […]