Category Clare Paul

Let’s make ‘Blue Monday’ Magnificent Monday

Somerset County Council is dispelling the myth that the third Monday in January is the most difficult day of the year and are encouraging everyone to make it magnificent. Post-Christmas bills, faltering New Year expectations, short days and bad weather have all contributed to the day being branded ‘Blue Monday’. The Samaritans have organised ‘Brew […]

Is 2022 your year to volunteer?

The New Year is a great time to reflect and set ourselves new goals for the year ahead. If you are looking for a way to help others for your New Years’ Resolution, why not try volunteering? All you need is a bit of spare time, lots of enthusiasm, and a will to help your […]

Off the booze for Dry January? Then try our top 5 delicious mocktails.

Who’s thinking alcohol free isn’t fun? Are you championing Dry January, giving yourself a healthy start to the year? Then these mocktails will be right up your street. With the recent festivities over, many people will be ready to take some positive steps towards better health and wellbeing. It can be tough of course, so […]

Join the 1 in 6 adults planning to go alcohol-free this January

Somerset County Council is encouraging people to download Alcohol Change UK’s free app, Try Dry, and take part in Dry January, to double their chances of having a successful alcohol-free month.

Still doing Dry January five years on 

As February arrived, I thought why go back on the booze? I didn’t fancy it anymore. Davina de L’amour (not her real name) talks about finding it surprisingly easy to take up the challenge of not drinking for Dry January, the benefits of abstaining and the joy of still being alcohol free after five years.  It seemed like a near impossible […]

Look after your mind as well as your body this winter

Covid continues to pose challenges to our community both here in the South-West and across the UK, making it as important as ever that we look after our mental health, as well as our physical health. Trudi Grant, Director of Public Health, said: “It is normal to feel vulnerable and overwhelmed as we read news about […]

Neighbours, we wish you a merry Christmas

Somerset County Council is encouraging everyone to look out for their neighbours and help support them this Christmas.    The ongoing Coronavirus pandemic will mean that many elderly and those living alone could again feel isolated this year. So, it is more important than ever to embrace the Christmas spirit by checking in with your […]

Ambitious 10-year blueprint for cycling and walking network in Somerset launched

Somerset County Council has unveiled plans for major new safe cycling and walking routes in the county to help create greener, healthier and more active streets. The Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans (LCWIPs) for Yeovil and Taunton are the first to be published – they’ll be followed by plans for Bridgwater and Frome and […]

Somerset’s Public Health Director encourages sensible precautions as the Government moves to ‘Plan B’

Health leaders in Somerset are urging everyone to continue taking sensible precautions and follow national guidance as the Government begins to move to ‘Plan B’ Covid restrictions.  As we begin to see Omicron spread through regions of the UK, early concerns are being raised about the pressure on NHS services. The focus on vaccination as the primary way we can protect ourselves and our NHS remains clearer than ever, and Somerset County Council’s Public Health leaders are reminding anyone who is yet to receive […]

Council urges at risk groups to get FREE flu jab

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, such as cardiovascular disease, respiratory conditions, diabetes or obesity, the effects of catching the flu can make it […]