Category Clare Paul

Quitting smoking helps to create a low-risk pregnancy

Helping to support others to create a low-risk pregnancy so that they do not have to experience the challenges of a Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) is what brings my passion to my job role. Steph Dummackin works for Smokefreelife Somerset in the Mums2Be Team, covering Yeovil and South Somerset areas. This specialised team supports […]

Act now to prepare for No Smoking Day

National No Smoking Day is Wednesday 9 March and Somerset County Council is encouraging smokers to act now to prepare for giving up on the day. To support people in Somerset to quit, the Council’s Stop Smoking Service, Smokefreelife Somerset is available to provide free, expert support and guidance. The service is urging anyone who […]

Record number of secondary school places allocated

Somerset County Council is proud to have another record-breaking year with over 98 per cent of Somerset young people waking up today (1 March) with an offer at one of their top three secondary school choices. Despite the largest number of secondary school applications ever received (4,866 compared to 4,654 in 2021), figures released today […]

10 tips to help you give up smoking

No Smoking Day, 9 March, is fast approaching which encourages and supports smokers to quit the habit for good. Somerset County Council is encouraging all smokers to quit and have produced a handy tip list to help people prepare for and get through those early stages of giving up smoking. They also operate a Stop […]

Share your kindness this Valentine’s Day through volunteering 

Somerset County Council is celebrating Valentine’s Day by sharing love for the volunteers who give their support and lend a helping hand to our services.  With a diverse range of voluntary roles available within Somerset County Council, the volunteers provide vital support, making a significant contribution to the community and our services.  Volunteering is a […]

Tackling violence against women and girls together

North Somerset and Somerset County Councils have joined forces in a pledge to make public places and streets safer for women and girls. As part of the Safer Streets project the neighbouring councils launched a new campaign this week, ‘It can stop if we change together’ in a bid to raise awareness, tackle sexual harassment […]

Growing together to support children’s mental health

During this year’s Children’s Mental Health Week (7-13 February), Somerset County Council is working with ‘Young Somerset’ to encourage children to consider how they have grown, and how they can help others to grow as part of this year’s ‘Growing Together’ theme. Children and young people are coming through a period of unprecedented disruption which […]

New primary school marks a milestone

A new £7.3 million primary free school planned for Taunton will be sponsored by The Castle Partnership Trust following Government approval, marking an important milestone in the school’s journey. The eventual 420-place primary, with early years provision, is set to become Somerset’s first net zero carbon school, and only the third ‘passivhaus’ school in the […]

Work under way on £7m Chard school expansion

Work is well under way on a major £7m project to expand Holyrood Academy in Chard to accommodate more students and meet growing demand. Contractors BAM have started work on the site on the Academy campus, beginning with the safe demolition of the former Cresta swimming pool. The new building will be all-electric and fitted […]

8 Health benefits of doing Dry January 

One in six people are taking part in Dry January this month and will already be feeling the benefit of living alcohol free.  To keep everyone’s motivation up, Somerset County Council is sharing the top health benefits of giving booze the elbow for a month.  It’s not too late to start – just pick a day in January and then stop […]