Author Archives: Michael Wallis

Cover-up on school transport students are urged

Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education is asking all secondary age pupils who can, to start wearing face coverings on dedicated school transport. It is not currently mandatory for school pupils to wear coverings on home to school transport – it is left to the discretion of parents. But wearing face coverings on public […]

No visible scars – not all domestic abuse is physical

Recognising the types and signs of domestic abuse Domestic abuse is often thought of as domestic violence, but abuse can take many forms and it can be hard to recognise even for those in abusive relationships. Somerset County Council’s #NoClosedDoors2020 campaign is encouraging us all to be vigilant and look out for the warning signs […]

Domestic abuse victims have an increased risk of suffering mental health issues

Following a recent study, Somerset County Council is urging people who are experiencing domestic abuse to seek their help to free themselves from abuse and so limit the long-term health effects that it may cause. The research, which was published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, was carried out by researchers from Birmingham University. It […]

If you are being abused – so are your children

Witnessing domestic abuse can have a devastating impact, both short and long-term, on your children. “If you are being abused – so are your children”, that is the message from Somerset County Council who are running a campaign, #NoClosedDoors2020, to spread awareness about the effects of domestic abuse. “If your children see or hear domestic […]

Help us save lives with 20-minute training on World Suicide Prevention Day

The NHS in Somerset, voluntary organisations, and Somerset County Council are urging people to complete free online training on how to talk about suicide for World Suicide Prevention Day on the 10th September 2020. They have joined together to raise awareness of how we can create a world where fewer people die by suicide and […]

Book first at new look library service

Somerset Libraries have rolled out a new order-and-collect service giving customers access to library books while staying safely socially distanced. Libraries have been opening over the last few weeks in phases across the county and offering the new service, with the final four – Chard, Cheddar, Glastonbury and Martock libraries – now open. With the […]

‘Library Man’ – I’m a storyteller get me outside of here

A popular Library storytelling session is set to move to a park in Taunton now that lockdown measures are further easing. James Denslow – AKA ‘Library Man’ – has created quite a buzz on social media in recent months with his quirky Facebook story-times. Now lockdown is further easing – and the summer holidays are […]

Silly ideas to keep the whole family entertained this summer

Families across Somerset can enjoy a vibrant programme of free live online events this summer, as part of the Library Service’s ‘Silly Squad’ 2020 Summer Reading Challenge. The events, run by Somerset County Council, will be involving quality authors and performers, all keen to keep children entertained. Delivered in collaboration with ASCEL (Association of Senior […]

Parent hacks – digital toolkit launched to help Somerset parents

A new online maternity toolkit designed to offer accessible information to families about pregnancy and parenthood has been launched in Somerset for World Breastfeeding Week, 1st – 7th August. The new Somerset Maternity Toolkit, from Somerset County Council and the wider Local Maternity System (LMS) offers trustworthy information and digital support from pre-conception information and […]

Libraries order-and-collect service proves popular

Hundreds of people have been making use of the new Somerset Libraries order-and-collect service which is now set to expand to other libraries. The service allows people to use an online request form to receive a selection of up to 10 books, DVDs or Talking Books which staff pick out for customers, based on the […]