Author Archives: Michael Wallis

Bridgwater residents walk 27,000 miles to ‘Beat the Street’

More than four thousand parents, teachers and children have signed up to a new physical activity challenge, ‘Beat the Street’, walking more than twenty-seven thousand miles between them. The giant game sweeping the streets of Bridgwater is being run by Somerset County Council, Sedgemoor District Council, Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group and Somerset Activity and Sports […]

Top Marks for Bishop Fox’s Expansion

It’s top marks for Bishop Fox’s two new multi-million buildings after they were officially handed over by Somerset County Council and contractor BAM to the school this week. The £7 million Somerset County Council project ensures young people aged 11-16 in the Taunton area continue to receive high quality education provision in two brand new […]

Somerset school children set to help fight flu

Somerset County Council is urging all parents and carers of school aged children to return their flu consent form and help children become ‘flu fighters’ this winter. All schools should have issued information about the flu vaccination to parents and carers of eligible children and young people asking them to fill in an online form […]

Stoptober –a time to quit and reduce your risk

It’s ‘Stoptober’ this month and Somerset County Council is encouraging smokers to quit to benefit their health – and help reduce the risk of catching serious respiratory infections this winter. Smokers have an increased risk of contracting respiratory infections and are more likely to have more severe symptoms once infected. Coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms and flu […]

Cover-up on school transport students are urged

Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education is asking all secondary age pupils who can, to start wearing face coverings on dedicated school transport. It is not currently mandatory for school pupils to wear coverings on home to school transport – it is left to the discretion of parents. But wearing face coverings on public […]

No visible scars – not all domestic abuse is physical

Recognising the types and signs of domestic abuse Domestic abuse is often thought of as domestic violence, but abuse can take many forms and it can be hard to recognise even for those in abusive relationships. Somerset County Council’s #NoClosedDoors2020 campaign is encouraging us all to be vigilant and look out for the warning signs […]

Domestic abuse victims have an increased risk of suffering mental health issues

Following a recent study, Somerset County Council is urging people who are experiencing domestic abuse to seek their help to free themselves from abuse and so limit the long-term health effects that it may cause. The research, which was published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, was carried out by researchers from Birmingham University. It […]

If you are being abused – so are your children

Witnessing domestic abuse can have a devastating impact, both short and long-term, on your children. “If you are being abused – so are your children”, that is the message from Somerset County Council who are running a campaign, #NoClosedDoors2020, to spread awareness about the effects of domestic abuse. “If your children see or hear domestic […]

Help us save lives with 20-minute training on World Suicide Prevention Day

The NHS in Somerset, voluntary organisations, and Somerset County Council are urging people to complete free online training on how to talk about suicide for World Suicide Prevention Day on the 10th September 2020. They have joined together to raise awareness of how we can create a world where fewer people die by suicide and […]

Book first at new look library service

Somerset Libraries have rolled out a new order-and-collect service giving customers access to library books while staying safely socially distanced. Libraries have been opening over the last few weeks in phases across the county and offering the new service, with the final four – Chard, Cheddar, Glastonbury and Martock libraries – now open. With the […]