Category Cllr Christine Lawrence
Volunteer from home and help to shape services across Somerset
Want to volunteer but feel like your options are limited due to lockdown? Somerset County Council’s Digital Customer Volunteers initiative provides an opportunity for volunteers to help the Council provide better services, without having to leave home. Volunteers have played a crucial part in providing support to Somerset’s communities over the past year and helping […]
MBE for Karen, Somerset Foster Carer
Somerset foster carer Karen Deverell’s work with young people has been recognised nationally with an MBE in the recent honours list. Karen was with the YMCA for 25 years – 17 of those as Chief Executive of the YMCA in Mendip and South Somerset. And her MBE was in recognition for her valuable service. After […]
Cheer for volunteers – National volunteers’ week 2020
It’s National Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June) and Somerset County Council and partners are celebrating all the amazing work volunteers do, not just during the last few COVID-19 months, but all year round. Many people stepped forward to support local community groups and organisations during the COVID-19 outbreak – a heart-warming response – and the Council […]
More support for children’s mental health
Somerset County Council is deploying two new teams to boost children’s mental health as part of its programme of support for children and schools available in the county. The initiative has been developed after the County Council and Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group won £400,000 in Government trailblazer funding through the Fit for my Future partnership. […]
Are you ready for Fizz Free February?
Fizz Free February is coming to Somerset for the first time with the County Council encouraging children, families, organisations and businesses to make the pledge to #gofizzfree for the month. Saturday 1 February marks the start of Fizz Free February meaning it’s time to ditch sugary drinks for 29 days. It is part of the […]
Prevention key to improving lives
Somerset must seize every chance to improve the lives of its residents – and being on the front foot is essential. That’s the message from Somerset’s Director of Public Health, Trudi Grant, in her annual report considered by Somerset County Council’s Cabinet at its meeting today (Wed). The report cites a wide range of examples […]
Time to get SUGAR SMART
Somerset County Council is encouraging schools, families, businesses and individuals in the county to get SUGAR SMART and cut down on the amount of sugar consumed by making simple changes. The Somerset SUGAR SMART campaign launched at Minerva Primary School in Taunton as part of a wider, national drive to reduce sugar consumption by adults […]
Breastfeeding: Going for gold
Somerset County Council is setting its sights on gold in recognition of the countywide achievements in promoting and supporting breastfeeding mums. Somerset’s Public Health Nursing Team have again been accredited with Unicef’s Baby Friendly Initiative (BFI) standard 3 – and the authority now wants to go one step further and achieve gold, the highest Unicef […]
‘Every Mind Matters’ – how’s yours?
Somerset residents experiencing anxiety, stress, low mood and trouble sleeping are encouraged to visit a new ‘Every Mind Matters’ website to empower them to take action to manage and improve their mental health. Somerset County Council and local NHS partners are delighted to support Public Health England’s launch of this innovative self-help website (www.healthysomerset.co.uk), which […]
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