Category Clare Paul

10 top things to occupy the kids this lockdown half-term

It can be challenging to keep children entertained during half term at the best of times, let alone during a lockdown. With isolation, the cold weather, and many children not able to go out on day trips, see grandparents or visit friends – this will not be a normal half term. Somerset County Council has […]

Wellbeing Champion urges students to have their say

Hannah Vile, the new Young Person’s Health and Wellbeing Champion for Somerset, is urging young people from across Somerset to have their say. Hannah, who is excited to be promoting the voice of local students, is heading up a new project aimed at improving outcomes for young people. Hannah is creating a student voice task […]

Urgent plea for vulnerable groups to have flu vaccine

Somerset County Council is urging people with underlying health conditions to take up the free offer of a flu vaccination if they haven’t already. Flu can affect anyone, but for those living with a long-term health condition the effects of catching the flu can make it worse, even if the condition is well managed and […]

Express yourself, boost your mood and win

Young people in Somerset can have fun expressing themselves seven different ways over seven days in a boost to improve mental health – and be in with a chance to win a prize as part of Place2be’s Children’s Mental Health Week. Somerset County Council has teamed up with ‘Young Somerset’ to launch the competition to […]

Growing old with domestic abuse – it’s never too late to get help

Ten per cent of older people will experience some form of domestic abuse and in Somerset the number of people over sixty-five reporting abuse is on the increase. Social isolation has been identified as one of the leading contributors and, at a time when more people are isolated due to the current lockdown, Somerset County […]

Somerset’s second large COVID-19 vaccination centre open

This week, The Bath and West Showground will start to vaccinate local residents and frontline heath and care workers from the highest priority groups.  The second large vaccination site in Somerset; will open seven days a week, 8am – 8pm, as part of an additional wave of ‘large’ vaccination centres opening across the country. Final […]

Domestic abuse – hiding in the shadow of lockdown

Concerns are growing for people experiencing domestic abuse during the new lockdown. Somerset County Council is reassuring the public that help is, and will continue to be, available for people seeking help who are experiencing abuse from their partner or a family member – the current Government guidelines allow you to leave your home to […]

Brew up and beat the ‘Blue Monday’ blues

Samaritans’ Brew Monday will kick off on 18 January, the third Monday in January, which is usually known as ‘Blue Monday’. Somerset County Council is supporting the campaign – to raise awareness of the positive things you can do to support your emotional health – by encouraging people to get together over a warming virtual ‘cuppa’, […]

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Survey launched to discover how Somerset residents access information and advice

A survey is launched this week to find out the best way for Somerset residents to get easy access to information and help for older relatives, activities for children or health advice…

Minimise the risk of spreading Covid-19 this Christmas

Public health leaders in Somerset are warning of rising infection rates as they offer advice on staying safe this Christmas. Following this week’s announcement Somerset remains in Tier 2 but seven-day rates in the county have jumped from 86.8 cases per 100,000 people between November 30 and December 6, up to 123.1 in the week […]