Author Archives: Gill Ohlson

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/ […]

Over 1,000 babies born smokefree in Somerset

Smokefree Somerset Alliance recently celebrated the news that over 1,000 babies have now been born smokefree as a result of the Mums2Be Smokefree service since its start. Smoking is the number one cause of preventable serious harm in pregnancy, and the Mums2Be service, working with maternity services, has been highly successful in engaging women and […]

Let’s take action against dementia

Somerset County Council is asking everyone to help make a difference to the lives of people living with dementia. In the UK, one person develops dementia every three minutes, yet too many people living with dementia face the condition alone and feel excluded from their local communities and wider society. Dementia Action Week, led by […]

Help protect a child’s smile

Somerset County Council is encouraging anyone who supports children or young people in any way to complete a free, e-learning module to learn how to protect children’s smiles. The module launches today in celebration of Smile Month (14th May to 14th June 2018).  It is quick and easy to do and there is a certificate […]

Let’s take action against dementia

Somerset County Council is asking everyone to help make a difference to the lives of people living with dementia. In the UK, one person develops dementia every three minutes, yet too many people living with dementia face the condition alone and feel excluded from their local communities and wider society. Dementia Action Week, led by […]

Make every sleep safer for babies

Somerset parents, grandparents and carers are advised to take steps 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 (12th-18th March 2018).  The awareness week aims to make sure people know the importance of safer […]

Think self-care for minor illness or ailments

Somerset’s urgent and emergency health services continue to be under pressure due to the severe weather conditions and are prioritising support to the most urgent and seriously ill people today. Members of the public are asked not to telephone the 999-ambulance service unless they or a family member are experiencing a serious, life-threatening emergency. Yesterday […]