Author Archives: Gill Ohlson

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 […]

Beat the heat and stay safe

With the hot weather set to continue over the next few days Somerset County Council is urging everyone to take care in the sun and keep an eye out for vulnerable loved ones and neighbours. The Met Office has forecast continued dry, sunny and hot weather for the South West over the weekend and into […]

Glastonbury Abbey receives ‘Positive About Breastfeeding’ award

Glastonbury Abbey has become the first local landmark to receive a ‘Positive About Breastfeeding’ award to mark the recent National Breastfeeding Awareness Week (20-26th June 2018). Somerset County Council presented the certificate as part of their ‘Positive about Breastfeeding’ scheme to Glastonbury Abbey for recognition of their support of mothers’ rights to breastfeed in public. […]

Safer homes for Somerset children: together we’ve got this!

Somerset County and partners are supporting National Child Safety Week 2018 (4-10th June 2018) to help keep children safe at home. The Council is working with Somerset and Devon Fire and Rescue Service to continue to make homes in Somerset safer.   Families may be eligible for free home safety and fire safety equipment. The team […]

New ‘Positive About Breastfeeding’ Digital Support now available

Somerset families are encouraged to use, share, follow, like or love the latest digital technology helping support mums to breastfeed! A new Somerset ‘Positive about Breastfeeding’ website and Facebook page provides information and advice to enable families to make natural and informed choices about breastfeeding and healthy infant feeding. Available at Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Somersetbreastfeeding/ and https://www.healthysomerset.co.uk/breastfeeding/ […]