Author Archives: Michael Wallis

Employer toolkit to tackle domestic abuse

Employers across the region are encouraged to play their part in tackling domestic abuse and learn to spot the signs of abuse. During this year’s international campaign ’16 Days of Action’ (25 November to 10 December) Somerset County Council is encouraging all employers to check out the online resource ‘Domestic Abuse: a toolkit for employers’ […]

New A&E project supports young people around alcohol and drugs

An innovative new project to reduce and support the number of young people repeatedly turning up at A&E with alcohol, drugs or violence related illness or injury has launched at Musgrove Park Hospital. The Somerset Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) is funding Turning Point (who run Somerset Drug and Alcohol Services) to deliver ‘Admit’ – a […]

You’re not alone’ sings out to victims

A Somerset Charity Fundraising song has been released to help male victims of domestic abuse recognise they are not alone. Singer and Songwriter Clive Lever and his long-term friend Bob Martin have produced a song “You’re Not Alone” to raise awareness of male victims of domestic abuse, to encourage them to get help and to […]

Think about the drink and your mental health

Everyone is encouraged to think and talk openly about alcohol, how it effects their lives and its link to mental health during this Alcohol Awareness Week (16-22 November). Somerset County Council wants to encourage everyone to talk about the issues around alcohol and its effects on their mental health – now and during Alcohol Awareness […]

Lockdown two – libraries still here for you

Following the new COVID-19 restrictions which came into effect on the 5 November, Somerset Libraries would like to reassure customers that key services are remaining in place during this new lockdown period. The popular “library choice” service and the reservation service for specific requests will continue to be available, but customers will no longer be […]

Arc’s GP Surgery Launch for local homeless community

Local homeless charity Arc are pleased to announce a new local provision, enabling homeless individuals and rough sleepers to access health care. Arc support around 200 people on any one night across Taunton, Sedgemoor and West Somerset, providing accommodation in their 15 properties. One of these properties is Lindley House, a 56-bed direct access hostel […]

Council urges healthcare workers to get FREE flu jab

All health and social care staff are urged to get their flu vaccination now to protect themselves and the most vulnerable people in our communities this winter. Somerset County Council, along with the Clinical Commissioning Group and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust, warn that with COVID-19 also circulating in communities this winter, catching flu and Coronavirus […]

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 […]