Category covid-19

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 […]

Council’s double delight at Somerset Education Business Partnership awards

Somerset County Council picked up two honours at the recent Somerset Education Business Partnership (SEBP) Awards held in Bridgwater.  Somerset County Council collected one award for its work supporting young people faced with disadvantages in getting work opportunities, and another for the way the Highways team delivered social and community benefits throughout the pandemic.  The […]

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 […]

How to get your COVID-19 vaccination this summer

The COVID-19 spring booster programme will draw to a close at the end of June, and those who have yet to have theirs are urged to come forward as soon as possible.  Since March, the NHS has been offering spring booster doses to all people aged 75 years and over, people aged 12 years and […]

Somerset’s Public Health team urges Spring Booster jab take up

Somerset County Council’s Public Health team is urging older and more vulnerable residents to take up the offer of a free, further Covid-19 booster vaccine. The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), as part of its latest review of the UK vaccination programme, has recommended an additional spring booster dose for our most vulnerable […]

Second round of funding to boost Somerset business recovery

Businesses in Somerset are being urged to bid for grants to help them recover from the economic hit of the coronavirus pandemic.  Somerset County Council has launched a second round of the Somerset Restart and Recovery Programme to support strategically significant businesses badly affected by Covid-19 and successive lockdowns.  These could be organisations that often […]

Top Tips for Staying Healthy this Spring

As the weather becomes brighter, and Covid restrictions turn to guidance, Somerset County Council’s Public Health team are sharing some top tips for staying healthy this Spring: Get plenty of fresh air One of the best ways of helping to reduce the spread of Covid-19 and other infectious diseases is to meet up with people […]

Business boost for adult care providers

Businesses in the adult care sector are being supported to recover from the effects of the Covid pandemic thanks to the Somerset County Council Economic Recovery Fund. Somerset County Council is funding the Care Sector Support Programme, which is supporting up to 50 local care sector businesses, providing them with help to identify issues around […]

10 tips to help you give up smoking

No Smoking Day, 9 March, is fast approaching which encourages and supports smokers to quit the habit for good. Somerset County Council is encouraging all smokers to quit and have produced a handy tip list to help people prepare for and get through those early stages of giving up smoking. They also operate a Stop […]

Growing together to support children’s mental health

During this year’s Children’s Mental Health Week (7-13 February), Somerset County Council is working with ‘Young Somerset’ to encourage children to consider how they have grown, and how they can help others to grow as part of this year’s ‘Growing Together’ theme. Children and young people are coming through a period of unprecedented disruption which […]