Author Archives: Michael Wallis

Employers’ toolkit launched to help tackle domestic abuse

To coincide with the international campaign, ‘Sixteen Days of Action’ against domestic abuse, (25 November – 10 December), Somerset County Council has launched a new toolkit for employers. The campaign encourages employers to play their part in tackling domestic abuse and learn how to spot signs that an employee may be in an abusive relationship. […]

10 signs of an unhealthy relationship

Whilst all relationships have their ups and downs, an unhealthy relationship is one where a partner or close family member shows behaviour that is disrespectful, controlling or even violent. An unhealthy relationship may be, or may lead to, domestic abuse and it is important to recognise the signs of unhealthy behaviours. 10 Signs of unhealthy/abusive […]

Learn a language for free with Somerset Libraries

Somerset Libraries have launched a new free online language learning service with easy-to-use courses, for adults and children, who may want to learn English or any of the other many languages on offer. The service, which is available to all library members, will work in a similar way to other online resources, giving Somerset library […]

Smokefreelife believe in every person they meet – Stoptober case study

For help quitting smoking, click the smokefreelife Somerset logo below. I can honestly say, going to smokefreelife Somerset gave me my health and life back and you too can have the same. Todd Johnson, a smoker from the age of twelve, talks about how the habit was affecting his health at just twenty-four years old. […]

 Maternity Stop Smoking Campaign Success

Parents-to-be in Somerset are now less likely to smoke, thanks to a successful local campaign. Over the last five years Mums2Be Smokefree has helped nearly 1,700 expectant parents to quit smoking. As a result, babies in the county are less likely to be admitted to a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) due to smoking in […]

Yeovil Literary Festival – inspiring artists and authors for 10 years

The public will be spoilt for choice this year at the Yeovil Literary Festival with over fifty well-known literary figures, comedians, celebrities, and exciting new writers to choose from. Yeovil Literary Festival takes place between Thursday 20 October to Monday 24th October, with events at The Octagon Theatre, Westlands Entertainment Venue and Yeovil Library. The […]

I will never smoke again – Stoptober case study

For help quitting smoking click the smokefreelife logo below: It is 8 weeks now since I quit and it is the best thing I have ever done. I will never smoke again. Barry Leonard quit smoking with the help of a Stop Smoking Practitioner from Somerset County Council’s stop smoking service, Smokefreelife Somerset. He attended […]

Join the 2.3 million people who have quit smoking during Stoptober

With ‘Stoptober’ well under way, thousands of Smokers are taking on the challenge to quit smoking this October as part of the campaign. Somerset County Council, in partnership with the NHS, is urging smokers to get behind the campaign and join the 2.3 million others who have already quit during Stoptober in the campaigns ten-year […]

Somerset’s Public Health Nursing Team celebrate ‘Good’ inspection from CQC

Somerset County Council’s Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting and School Nursing) team has been rated as ‘Good’ across all sections in a recent review of the service by inspectors at the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The service provides community care, delivered by health visitors and school nurses across the county of Somerset and this inspection […]

An opportunity for Parent Carers to help shape the future of SEND in Somerset

Somerset County Council, NHS Somerset and Somerset Parent Carer Forum are inviting families as well as school leads, education, and health professionals to join a webinar this October to help shape the future of Special Educational Needs and/or Disability (SEND) in Somerset. The partnership is currently in the process of developing a Somerset SEND strategy […]