Author Archives: Gill Ohlson

New carriers for ‘Carry Me Kate Parenting Services CIC’ groups

Somerset County Council has provided funding to purchase additional carriers for mums, dads, carers and babies across the County. The donation from the Chairman’s Charity for additional carriers helps to promote the importance of a close and loving relationship between babies and their caregivers. Scientific evidence shows that when carried a baby’s physiological regulation improves. […]

Celebrating Safer Sleep Week

Somerset parents, carers and families are urged to practice the A.B.C of Safer Sleep to keep babies safe from harm every time they go to sleep. The advice is offered as part of the annual ‘Safer Sleep Week’, organised by the Lullaby Trust which takes place from 11th-17th March 2019. The awareness week aims to […]

Have yourself a ‘Safer Home’ this Christmas

Parents are urged to think one step ahead of their children over the festive period to avoid accidents and have a ‘Safer Home’ this Christmas. In Somerset the leading cause for the under 5’s having avoidable injuries is falls in their own home. Somerset County Council and Somerset and Devon Fire and Rescue Service are […]

Get a simple finger-prick test for #HIVTestWeek

Somerset County Council are encouraging anyone who may have put themselves at risk of getting the HIV virus to have a simple finger-prick test. The ‘Give HIV the finger’ campaign is targeting people who are the most at-risk of HIV – men who have sex with men and black African men and women – as […]

Frontline health and social care staff encouraged to get a free flu jab

Somerset County Council will be offering their frontline health and social care staff, a free flu jab again this year, to help prevent the spread of flu. This year the vaccinations, funded by Somerset County Council, will be available through dedicated clinics at several GP surgeries across Somerset. Providing flu vaccination to our workforce who […]

Tackling ‘Period Poverty’ Launched At Somerset Libraries

Somerset Libraries are launching a new community initiative aimed at tackling ‘Period Poverty’ to mark National Libraries Week (8th October 2018) which this year celebrates health and wellbeing. ‘The Tricky Period’ will run on a trial basis and offer free sanitary products to young women in the County who would not otherwise be able to […]

Bridgwater sports and leisure centre celebrates ‘Positive about Breastfeeding’ first anniversary

A leading sports and leisure centre in Bridgwater is celebrating their first anniversary as a Somerset ‘Positive about Breastfeeding’ venue. Trinity Sports and Leisure was nominated for the award following positive feedback about its helpful approach to families. The award is given to venues that have made a significant commitment to uphold the rights of […]

Somerset celebrates new ‘Positive about Breastfeeding’ places

Somerset families are invited to nominate their favourite Positive about Breastfeeding place to mark this year’s World Breastfeeding Week (1-7th August 2018). Cafes, gardens, open spaces, Abbey’s, Town Halls, restaurants and sports centres have all become new Positive about Breastfeeding places over the last year and are now registered on the new website for families […]

Have your say on air quality

Somerset County Council, on behalf of the multi-agency Somerset Air Quality Steering Group, is seeking the views of the community on a draft Somerset Air Quality Strategy. Air quality has been in the national news a lot in recent years, with concerns over vehicle exhaust emissions in particular, when real world testing showed that emissions […]

More Somerset Mums-To-Be Kick The Habit

The number of women who smoke in pregnancy in Somerset continues to fall in contrast to the national picture where progress has stalled in recent years. Figures released today (Tuesday 3 July) show the national rate of 10.8% has not changed since last year, but in Somerset the rate fell from 13.1% to 11.6% last […]