Category Coronavirus

Let fresh air in, to keep Covid out!

One of the key ways of helping to reduce Covid-19, including the Omicron variant, spreading in our communities, schools and workplaces is to make sure they are well ventilated. Covid-19 is an airborne disease, which means it is spread through the air, especially in indoor spaces. When infected people breathe out, tiny Covid-19 particles remain […]

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 […]

County Council publishes proposed 2022/2023 budget

Balanced budget with major investment in Adult Social Care and Children’s Services. Boost for climate change action.  Somerset County Council has published its last draft proposed budget ahead of the creation of a new unitary Somerset Council in April 2023.   The council is proposing major increases in investment in care services, with an increase for […]

Changes to Coronavirus testing rules

From 11 January in England, people who receive positive lateral flow device (LFD) test results for Coronavirus will be required to self-isolate immediately and won’t be required to take a confirmatory PCR test. Lateral flow tests are taken by people who do not have symptoms of covid-19. However, anyone who develops 1 of the 3 main Covid […]

Restart and Recovery Fund to the rescue

A dedicated wildlife rescue team in Somerset is looking forward to a brighter New Year thanks to a grant from Somerset County Council. Secret World Wildlife Rescue, based in Highbridge, was one of the successful bidders to a share of the Council’s £500,000 Somerset Business Restart and Recovery Programme launched in late summer 2021. The […]

Public Health Leaders Urge People to Step Forward for Booster Jabs

Additional walk-in clinics are taking place across Somerset this week – giving local people more opportunities to get their Covid-19 jabs. After a healthy flurry of bookings for boosters/vaccinations pre-Christmas, there has been a noticeable drop off after the festive period. There is lots of walk-in availability at a number of vaccination sites across Somerset […]

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.

To booze or not to booze 

For me the sad truth is there is no moderation, I can’t drink again, ever. Jon Tittley talks about his attempts to give up the booze, his realisation that for him he could never have another drink and the help there is available for anyone who feels they have a problem with alcohol. So, what did […]

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 […]