Author Archives: Michael Wallis

Make a fresh start this year with Somerset Libraries

Somerset Libraries are launching two new initiatives to encourage people back through the doors. Since libraries reopened their doors last April, following the end of lockdown, thousands of local people have started to embrace library services again. Libraries have had over half a million visits and have welcomed over 16,000 new members. To encourage even […]

Domestic abuse – help is always available

‘Don’t suffer behind closed doors’ – that is the message from Somerset County Council who would like to make it clear that support is, and will continue to be, still available during the current coronavirus restrictions, for people experiencing domestic abuse. The Council’s domestic abuse campaign, #NoClosedDoorsEver, is spreading the message that restrictions imposed because of […]

Molly Naylor: Stop Trying to be Fantastic

Somerset Libraries invite you to join them in Yeovil on 27 January for a very special performance by Molly Naylor, in association with The Inn Crowd and Libraries Connected. ‘Stop Trying to be Fantastic’ is a story about suffering, adventure, saviour-complex, acceptance, and a magpie who refuses to quit. One day, a magpie comes into […]

8 Health benefits of doing Dry January 

One in six people are taking part in Dry January this month and will already be feeling the benefit of living alcohol free.  To keep everyone’s motivation up, Somerset County Council is sharing the top health benefits of giving booze the elbow for a month.  It’s not too late to start – just pick a day in January and then stop […]

Let’s make ‘Blue Monday’ Magnificent Monday

Somerset County Council is dispelling the myth that the third Monday in January is the most difficult day of the year and are encouraging everyone to make it magnificent. Post-Christmas bills, faltering New Year expectations, short days and bad weather have all contributed to the day being branded ‘Blue Monday’. The Samaritans have organised ‘Brew […]

Off the booze for Dry January? Then try our top 5 delicious mocktails.

Who’s thinking alcohol free isn’t fun? Are you championing Dry January, giving yourself a healthy start to the year? Then these mocktails will be right up your street. With the recent festivities over, many people will be ready to take some positive steps towards better health and wellbeing. It can be tough of course, so […]

Join the 1 in 6 adults planning to go alcohol-free this January

Somerset County Council is encouraging people to download Alcohol Change UK’s free app, Try Dry, and take part in Dry January, to double their chances of having a successful alcohol-free month.

To booze or not to booze 

For me the sad truth is there is no moderation, I can’t drink again, ever. Jon Tittley talks about his attempts to give up the booze, his realisation that for him he could never have another drink and the help there is available for anyone who feels they have a problem with alcohol. So, what did […]

Still doing Dry January five years on 

As February arrived, I thought why go back on the booze? I didn’t fancy it anymore. Davina de L’amour (not her real name) talks about finding it surprisingly easy to take up the challenge of not drinking for Dry January, the benefits of abstaining and the joy of still being alcohol free after five years.  It seemed like a near impossible […]

Neighbours, we wish you a merry Christmas

Somerset County Council is encouraging everyone to look out for their neighbours and help support them this Christmas.    The ongoing Coronavirus pandemic will mean that many elderly and those living alone could again feel isolated this year. So, it is more important than ever to embrace the Christmas spirit by checking in with your […]