Author Archives: Michael Wallis

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

Somerset County Council’s #NoClosedDoorsEver campaign is supporting #WorldElderAbuseDay with the message – it’s never too late to get help. The awareness day, which is held annually on 15 June, is an opportunity to recognise that more than 500,000 older people in the UK experience domestic abuse, and cases amongst those aged over 65 in Somerset […]

#SmokeFreeLife Somerset presents – ‘Your personal nicotine monster’

Somerset County Council’s stop smoking service, #SmokeFreeLife Somerset, has launched a new animation explainer which is proving popular on social media channels. The animation, which can be viewed at https://bit.ly/nmonster, has really resonated with smokers, non-smokers and ex-smokers alike, by giving a real insight into what it is like to crave a cigarette and fight […]

10 Top tips with child safety in mind

Somerset County Council is promoting the annual Child Safety Week next week (6 -12 June), a community education campaign from the Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT). The council works with partner organisations all the time to protect children and families. However, they are using this week to give extra emphasis to the precautions parents can […]

Somerset Libraries Presents: Miranda Pender Late Flowering Lyricist

Tuesday 21st June, 4pm. Somerset Performing Arts Library, Yeovil. In celebration of Make Music Day, Somerset Libraries Presents ‘Late Flowering Lyricist’, a talk by local musician and artist Miranda Pender. Make Music Day is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate all forms of music and is recognised across the world, from France, where it originated, to […]

‘Let’s Kick It Together’- family support to quit smoking in pregnancy

Mothers who smoke during pregnancy will be given incentives to “kick the habit” as part of a package of increased support being launched by Somerset County Council to mark World No Tobacco Day, May 31. Let’s Kick It Together, a campaign from the Mums2Be Smokefree Service and the NHS, aims to reduce smoking before, during […]

Over two hundred blood pressure monitors available in Somerset Libraries

More than two hundred blood pressure monitor kits are available for loan from libraries in the county to raise awareness of high blood pressure and to coincide with World Hypertension Day on 17 May. About 3 in 10 adults in Somerset have high blood pressure but 1 in 10 don’t know it. It is a […]

10 Top tips to fight loneliness

In support of Mental Health Awareness Week, 9 – 15 May, Somerset County Council has put together ten top tips to fight loneliness. Mental Health Awareness Week, run by the Mental Health Foundation, focuses on improving good mental health throughout the country. This year’s theme is exploring the impact of loneliness and how we can […]

‘Lift someone out of loneliness’ this Mental Health Awareness Week

In support of Mental Health Awareness Week, 9 – 15 May, Somerset County Council is encouraging residents to ‘lift someone out of loneliness’. Mental Health Awareness Week, run by the Mental Health Foundation, focuses on improving good mental health throughout the country. This year’s theme is exploring the impact of loneliness and how we can […]

Ancestry hunters on hand at Frome Library

Somerset Libraries Presents is hosting a Local History Day at Frome Library on Saturday 21 May between 10am-3pm to help find out more about house history, Frome or hidden ancestors. Would you like to know how to research the history of your house, or discover hidden ancestors? Do you have a question about the history […]

Employee wellbeing is centre stage of new initiative

Small businesses in Somerset are being encouraged to make a pledge to improve workplace wellbeing as part of a new initiative being launched by Somerset County Council. The innovative Somerset SME Wellbeing project, funded by Somerset County Council’s Public Health team, includes training opportunities and is being delivered by New Leaf Life Design to help […]