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Child cancer survivor inspires Council Chair’s donation

The Chair of Somerset County Council, Councillor Nigel Taylor, has donated £1,000 to a charity after hearing about the child of a Council employee’s fight against cancer. The donation, issued from the Chairman’s Charitable Fund, was made to Musgrove Leukaemic Group, to benefit local children who are undergoing treatment for the disease. In an unrelated […]

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“We need to talk” – Council staff open up during Mental Health Awareness Week

Staff and leaders at Somerset County Council have spoken out about their own wide-ranging experiences during the pandemic this week in order to challenge the stigma surrounding mental health…

More than 200,000 vaccinations offered in Somerset

The latest national figures confirm that 20 million people across the country have now been offered the COVID jab. Locally, the NHS vaccination programme in Somerset has also reached a new milestone, with over 200,000 vaccinations given to people in the highest priority groups. Health and care teams have continued to work extremely hard to […]

Growing old with domestic abuse – media centre

Last updated 25/02/2021 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 […]

Team effort to keep food support strong in pandemic

Somerset County Council has paid tribute to the partners who have helped make sure emergency food support has been readily available to anyone in Somerset who needs it throughout the course of the Covid-19 pandemic. Set up with the help of Somerset’s Local Authorities at the start of the pandemic, the Somerset Food Resilience Taskforce […]

Go fizz free for your health and for your planet

Most of us know that fizzy drinks are bad for our health, but many don’t realise they harm the environment too.   Somerset County Council is encouraging everyone to reconsider their choice of drink and take part in Fizz Free February for a healthier future.   SUGAR SMART is bringing together public health messages such as tooth decay and obesity as well as shining a light on the environmental impact […]

Volunteers step up to help with vaccine roll out

Somerset County Council and the NHS have paid tribute to all the fantastic volunteers supporting Somerset’s Covid-19 vaccination programme. More than 1,000 people have answered the call supporting 20 vaccination sites across the county including community-based locations, hospital hubs, some GP surgeries and large vaccination centres at Taunton Racecourse and the Bath & West Showground. […]

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 […]