Category Councillor Adam Dance

‘Walk for a Life’ to highlight suicide prevention in Somerset 

Suicide can affect anybody, and there isn’t a community in Somerset which hasn’t been touched. Somerset County Council, together with partners, are helping to raise awareness of suicide at a Walk For A Life’ event taking place Saturday 8 October.  Walk For A Life’ will start at Stragglers Coffee House at Somerset County Cricket Ground at […]

Preventing falls in Somerset

Next week (18th – 24th September) is Falls Prevention Week, a national health campaign to increase awareness around falls health and injury prevention. Falls are a common, but often overlooked cause of injury. Around 1 in 3 adults over 65 and half of people over 80 will have at least one fall a year. Whilst most […]

‘Walk for a Life’ this Suicide Prevention Day

Join ‘Walk for a Life’ in Taunton to help raise awareness of suicide – or to remember a loved one – this World Suicide Prevention Day (10 September). Suicide can affect anybody, and there isn’t a community in Somerset where people haven’t been touched by it. Somerset County Council’s Public Health team, together with partners, […]

Knowing your numbers can reduce the risk of serious illness 

Somerset County Council’s Public Health Team is encouraging Somerset residents to get their blood pressure checked for ‘Know Your Numbers’ week.   The national campaign from Blood Pressure UK, aims to raise awareness of high blood pressure (hypertension), encouraging all UK adults to check their blood pressure at home over a week. In Somerset we estimate […]

Spreading hope on World Suicide Prevention Day

In preparation for this year’s World Suicide Prevention Day on 10th September, Somerset County Council’s Public Health team are asking members of the public to share quotes, lyrics or poems that have helped them to get through difficult times in their lives. Contributions will then be compiled in to a digital ‘Book of Hope’, together […]

Protecting yourself and others safe during a heatwave

With temperatures again set to exceed 30C this week, Somerset County Council is asking people to keep an eye out for themselves, vulnerable family, friends and neighbours. Whilst many of us look forward to enjoying the hot weather, it is worth remembering that sunny spells can pose health risks to some people and the UK […]

100 reasons to make the most of Somerset’s Home Library Service

From Hogwarts to Westeros, reading has the ability to transport us to completely different places from within the comfort of our own homes – something that is even more valuable for people who find themselves housebound.  Somerset’s Home Library Service (HLS) is run by Somerset County Council with the support of amazing volunteers. It enables […]

It’s not too late to get your covid jabs this summer

People in Somerset who have not yet had their COVID-19 vaccinations are being encouraged to come forward over the summer.   Councillor Adam Dance, Somerset County Council Lead Executive Member for Public Health, Equalities and Diversity said: “Covid-19 and several other infectious diseases are circulating, so we would like to remind people to take care […]

Nominate a positive, public place to breastfeed

Somerset County Council’s Public Health Team are encouraging people to nominate public places that are ‘positive about breastfeeding.’ As part of World Breastfeeding Awareness Week, 1 to 7 August, the Council is promoting its ‘Positive About Breastfeeding’ scheme. The scheme aims to strengthen the support for breastfeeding in commercial, health and community settings, creating more […]

Successful joint funding bid to tackle violence against women and girls

Somerset County Council and North Somerset Council have jointly secured an additional £317,694 from the Home Office Safer Streets Fund to continue to make public spaces and streets safer for women and girls. This follows the success of the neighbouring councils’ 2021 campaign ‘It can stop if we change together’.  This raised awareness, tackled sexual […]