Author Archives: Michael Wallis

Council urges at risk groups to get FREE flu jab

Somerset County Council is urging people with underlying health conditions to take up the free offer of a flu vaccination if they haven’t already. Flu can affect anyone, but for those living with a long-term health condition, such as cardiovascular disease, respiratory conditions, diabetes or obesity, the effects of catching the flu can make it […]

10 top tips to beat the winter blues

Winter can be a challenging time for many people, Somerset County Council are sharing some top tips to help support people through these challenges. As the days get shorter and the weather wintery it is easy for people to become more isolated as they leave their homes less often. This can lead to loneliness, anxiety […]

10 top tips to stay well this winter

With covid still very much in circulation, it is as important as ever to look after your health this winter.

Somerset County Council’s Public Health team is urging everyone to think ahead and consider others, such as neighbours and close relatives, and put things in place now to protect their health.

’16 days of action’ helps employers tackle domestic abuse

The international campaign ‘Sixteen Days of Action’ against domestic abuse, (25 November to 10 December), encourages employers to play their part in tackling domestic abuse and learn to spot the signs of abuse.

8 top tips for healthier drinking and happier relationships

The quality of our relationship with others can impact on our own drinking and sometimes can be a trigger for us to drink more. Alcohol can become a central part of our relationship with loved ones. This can stop us from taking action on our drinking habits, even when those habits are not making us […]

Sober after a twenty-year addiction

“I would encourage others to reach out to Turning Point. It’s about being honest with yourself and recognising you have a problem…” Steve talks about the impact of twenty-years of drinking, being honest about his problem and the support that he had to finally quit.     Thirty-five-year-old Steve has drunk since he was fifteen years […]

10 top tips to help reduce your alcohol consumption

Living through a pandemic has been difficult for all of us, and in a time of extraordinary change and uncertainty many people drunk alcohol to help manage stress, anxiety and depression.  It has been said that drinking is the UK’s favourite coping mechanism. However, alcohol is an unhealthy coping strategy in a time when adopting […]

Help is at hand if alcohol affects relationships

Somerset County Council is joining organisations across the UK to raise awareness of the ways in which alcohol can affect people and their relationships. In support of this year’s Alcohol Awareness week, 15 – 21 November, Somerset County Council is highlighting the impact that alcohol can have on relationships – encouraging people to talk and […]

Bestselling authors come to Bridgwater Library

Bestselling authors, Monique Roffey and Sarah Winman, together with a local author, Karla Neblett helped ensure that the recent ‘Reflections’ Showcase evening event at Bridgwater Library was a great success. The Reflections project, which was funded by Libraries Connected, BBC Arts and Arts Council England as part of the ‘Novels That Shaped Our World’ initiative, […]

SCC marks Baby Loss Awareness Week in pink and blue

County Hall in Taunton will be lit up in pink and blue next week from Monday to Friday next week (11-15 October) as Somerset County Council shows its support for Baby Loss Awareness Week. Baby Loss Awareness Week, now in its 19th year, is an opportunity for bereaved parents, families, and their friends, to commemorate […]