Author Archives: Michael Wallis

Sharing is caring during Child Safety Week

Parents, carers and grandparents are urged to ‘share because you care’ during Child Safety Week (Monday 7 to Sunday 13 June) and beyond. Over 1000 Somerset children are admitted to hospital due to preventable incidents, occurring mainly in their own homes, every year. such as falls, burns and scolds and poisoning through eating inedible items […]

Feeling unwell? Choose Well this May bank holiday

Now that lockdown is easing and more of us are out and about, NHS services are very busy. You can help us, help you this May bank holiday by making sure you ‘Choose Well’ and if you are injured or unwell, use the health service that best meets your needs. This might be your local […]

Donate a toothbrush and create a healthier smile

During National Smile Month, Somerset County Council are encouraging everyone to give toothbrushes and toothpaste when donating to Foodbanks. The awareness month, 17 May to 17 June,is the world’s largest and longest-running campaign to promote better oral health.  It aims to reduce poor oral health by promoting key tips and advice, helping keep everyone’s smile […]

Child cancer survivor inspires Council Chair’s donation

The Chair of Somerset County Council, Councillor Nigel Taylor, has donated £1,000 to a charity after hearing about the child of a Council employee’s fight against cancer. The donation, issued from the Chairman’s Charitable Fund, was made to Musgrove Leukaemic Group, to benefit local children who are undergoing treatment for the disease. In an unrelated […]

Mental Health Awareness Week – Dave Partlow’s story

Dave Partlow, Somerset County Council Adult Social Care Strategic Manager, talks about the emotional rollercoaster of working in high stress frontline jobs, how he dealt with that pressure and his introduction to the Five Ways of Wellbeing – principles of support he was already unconsciously using in his life. Throughout the pandemic, Dave has supported […]

Book lovers return to Somerset Libraries

Somerset libraries have had a huge number of people through the door since reopening, with twenty-one thousand books issued in their first week. Libraries opened last month, with covid secure measures in place, for anyone to browse and borrow from an array of old and brand-new books. The ‘Somerset Libraries Presents’ programme of activities and […]

Mental Health Awareness Week – Niki’s story

Niki Shaw, Adult Social Care Strategic Manager at Somerset County Council, shares her story about harrowing events that shaped her lockdown, the anxiety that came with it and the methods she used to cope with it: Let’s be honest – 2020 wasn’t great, was it? For any of us. I remember standing around a glowing, […]

Over 1m second vaccination doses delivered in the South West

Over one million people in the South West have now received their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. This milestone comes as the number of people in the region who have received their first dose tops three million. The second vaccine around 12 weeks later maximises protection against COVID-19 infection. Regional Director of NHSE/I South […]

Somerset libraries getting ready to open

Somerset Libraries are getting ready to welcome customers back into library buildings again from 12 April when further restrictions are expected to lift. Shelves will be crammed with an array of brand-new book with something for everyone. Library members can borrow up to 20 books at a time, all for free! Covid secure measures will […]

Council staff book 30,000 Coronavirus vaccines for Somerset residents

More than 30,000 local people have been contacted and invited for a Covid-19 vaccination by staff from Somerset’s five councils. Since the opening of vaccination centres in the county, staff from Somerset County Council, Mendip District Council, Sedgemoor District Council, Somerset West and Taunton Council and South Somerset District Council have been working together contacting […]