Author Archives: Michael Wallis

Think child safety this summer

With temperatures soaring, Somerset County Council is encouraging everyone to keep safe if planning on taking a cooling dip this summer With Coronavirus restrictions easing and the summer holidays almost upon us, many people will enjoy paddling pools, wild swimming and water play. They may also be heading to the county’s beaches and beauty spots […]

Tick list – be tick aware

Somerset County Council is encouraging anyone planning a trip to the great outdoors to become tick aware, as warmer weather heightens the risk of tick bites. With most Coronavirus restrictions ending 19 July and the summer holidays fast approaching there is expected to be an increase in people enjoying outside activities. With the warmer weather […]

Taunton residents travel 62,000 miles to ‘Beat the Street’

More than five thousand parents, teachers, and children have signed up to a new physical activity challenge, ‘Beat the Street’, travelling more than sixty-two thousand miles between them. The giant game, which has swept the streets of Taunton in the last month, is being run by Somerset County Council, Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership (SASP) […]

Keep yourself and others safe during this heatwave

After the Met Office issued its first ever extreme heat warning this week, Somerset County Council is asking everyone to take care and keep an eye out for vulnerable friends and neighbours. The hot weather is forecast to continue over the next few days and Cllr Clare Paul, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, […]

Pharmacies supporting people to change their alcohol habits

Community pharmacy staff across the county are ready to advise people on how they can change their drinking behaviour to help improve their health. Somerset County Council is linking with pharmacies across Somerset in a bid to help support people who may be drinking in excess of the Chief Medical Officers’ guidelines. The project will […]

Alcohol support – participating pharmacies

Community pharmacy staff across the county are able to advise people on how they can change their drinking behaviour to help improve their health. If you need help and advice about your drinking habits pharmacy staff at participating pharmacies are able to talk to you about alcohol, to motivate and support you to think about […]

Libraries invite: “Children – become a Wild World Hero this summer”

Somerset libraries are calling for children to sign up to read six books this summer and become ‘Wild World Heroes’, as part of the Summer Reading Challenge 2021. The theme Wild World Heroes was inspired by nature and developed in partnership this year with World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and encourages 4-11-year olds to borrow and […]

New look, new chapter for Shepton Mallet Library

Shepton Mallet Library will reopen on 28 June, following its refurbishment to make it a more versatile community space. Somerset County Council has worked with Shepton Mallet Town Council and 7 Starlings Community Interest Company to agree a new model for the library, which will see it used as a venue for a wide range […]

Additional walk- in COVID vaccination clinics to run at Bath and West Showground this weekend for anyone aged 18 and over

Following the success of a special walk-in clinic at the large vaccination centre at the Bath and West Showground in Shepton Mallet last weekend, additional walk-in dates are now available. The second walk-in weekend special follows the latest Government announcement inviting anyone aged 18 and over to book their COVID vaccinations. All eligible adults who […]

Council leaders ‘Can Do’ attitude on Mental Health

Senior Somerset County Council staff took part in the ‘Can Do’ challenge this Men’s Health Week (14-20 June) in a bid to encourage others. The ‘Can Do’ challenge, launched by the Men’s Health Forum, is a great way to boost mental wellbeing. It combined the five days of the campaign with the five ways of […]