Author Archives: Michael Wallis

Growing old with domestic abuse – it’s never too late to get help

Ten per cent of older people will experience some form of domestic abuse and in Somerset the number of people over sixty-five reporting abuse is on the increase. Social isolation has been identified as one of the leading contributors and, at a time when more people are isolated due to the current lockdown, Somerset County […]

Somerset’s second large COVID-19 vaccination centre open

This week, The Bath and West Showground will start to vaccinate local residents and frontline heath and care workers from the highest priority groups.  The second large vaccination site in Somerset; will open seven days a week, 8am – 8pm, as part of an additional wave of ‘large’ vaccination centres opening across the country. Final […]

Taunton Racecourse to deliver Covid vaccines

Taunton racecourse is set to open its doors on Monday 18 January as a new large vaccination centre for Somerset, part of a wave of ‘large’ vaccination centres opening across the country. The large vaccination site will open seven days a week, 8am – 8pm to offer the COVID-19 jab to people across Somerset, supporting […]

Domestic abuse – hiding in the shadow of lockdown

Concerns are growing for people experiencing domestic abuse during the new lockdown. Somerset County Council is reassuring the public that help is, and will continue to be, available for people seeking help who are experiencing abuse from their partner or a family member – the current Government guidelines allow you to leave your home to […]

Brew up and beat the ‘Blue Monday’ blues

Samaritans’ Brew Monday will kick off on 18 January, the third Monday in January, which is usually known as ‘Blue Monday’. Somerset County Council is supporting the campaign – to raise awareness of the positive things you can do to support your emotional health – by encouraging people to get together over a warming virtual ‘cuppa’, […]

COVID-19 vaccinations to be delivered from three more sites in Somerset

Three more GP-led community sites will start to vaccinate more of the county’s most vulnerable residents over the next few days. These locations, will add to the first four sites announced earlier this week, as part of the developing plan to roll out the NHS vaccination programme in Somerset. The second wave of vaccination sites […]

Coronavirus, Christmas and domestic abuse

Most people will be looking forward to being home celebrating Christmas with their family, but for those in an abusive relationship home is not always a safe place to be. Somerset County Council has therefore extended its domestic abuse campaign, #NoClosedDoors2020, ahead of Christmas and New Year with the clear message – ‘help is still […]

Councillor champions ‘Dry January’

Councillor Clare Paul will be taking on the ‘Dry January challenge’ – and is encouraging others to join her! Cllr Paul, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for health and wellbeing, will be doing her best to abstain from alcohol in January –and sharing her experiences on social media, along with tips on zero-alcohol […]

Try something different this Christmas

Pop in and try something new with the ‘Library Choice’ service at Somerset Libraries today. The Library Choice Service is where library customers complete a simple form advising staff what kind of books and authors they like to read. Staff will then do their best to pick out a number of books which may suit. […]

Tech-abuse – lock down after lockdown

Technology has been a massive benefit during lockdown, but for people experiencing domestic abuse there is a risk it can be used to make their situation worse and increase harm. Modern technology has entertained us in a time of isolation, kept us in touch with friends and family and up to date with the pandemic. […]