Author Archives: Michael Wallis

Suicide – a personal story

“I didn’t want anyone trying to pull me out of my darkness and grief at that time, I just needed someone to sit alongside me, just knowing that they understood.” Hayley talks about the loss of her ex-partner and close friend to suicide, the devastation, the support that she received and her determination to help […]

Black Breastfeeding Week – a time to rest and reflect

Somerset County Council is supporting Black Breastfeeding Week, a health promotion campaign which is held annually from August 25 – 31. This year’s theme is ‘The Big Pause: Collective Rest for Collective Power’ – it’s a week to recognise the benefits of taking a pause, thinking about your journey and the other people around you […]

Pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinics at this weekend’s Bath & West Country Festival

If you are planning a visit to the Bath & West Country Festival this bank holiday weekend you can also get your COVID-19 vaccination at a pop-up clinic at this year’s festival. The pop up clinic will run from 9am – 5pm on Friday 27, Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 August. It will be at […]

Somerset campaign encourages residents and tourists to ‘Think Twice’ this Summer

Today, Somerset County Council’s Public Health department is launching Phase 2 of its Summer Safety campaign encouraging residents and visitors to commit to keeping our county safe this summer. The campaign, which is in partnership with Visit Somerset and Visit Exmoor, will be launched via the following website:  www.somerset.gov.uk/stay-safe Following the easing of many Covid-19 […]

Large vaccination site at the Bath and West Showground to move to Haynes Motor Museum after delivering over 75,000 COVID jabs

At the end of this week, more changes will be seen in the Somerset COVID vaccination programme, as the large vaccination site at the Bath and West Showground moves to Haynes Motor Museum in Sparkford. The last booked jabs to be offered at the site, will take place on Sunday 1 August. Walk-ins for anyone […]

Free activities in libraries to reflect on Covid

The Somerset Library Service is inviting people to share their experiences of the last sixteen months, to be recorded for future generations to see. As part of ‘Reflections’, a county-wide creative response to the pandemic, libraries will host a series of at free drop-in sessions throughout August, in library buildings and online, with responses via […]

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, […]