Category families

Coronavirus, Christmas and domestic abuse

Most people will be looking forward to being home celebrating Christmas with their family, but for those in an abusive relationship home is not always a safe place to be. Somerset County Council has therefore extended its domestic abuse campaign, #NoClosedDoors2020, ahead of Christmas and New Year with the clear message – ‘help is still […]

Employer toolkit to tackle domestic abuse

Employers across the region are encouraged to play their part in tackling domestic abuse and learn to spot the signs of abuse. During this year’s international campaign ’16 Days of Action’ (25 November to 10 December) Somerset County Council is encouraging all employers to check out the online resource ‘Domestic Abuse: a toolkit for employers’ […]

Family Safeguarding Team launches in Somerset

A new way to support children and families in Somerset is launching from today with the aim of strengthening families to overcome their issues and reducing the number of children needing to come into care. Somerset County Council, in partnership with The YOU Trust and the Somerset Drug and Alcohol Service (SDAS), has created the […]

Bridgwater residents walk 27,000 miles to ‘Beat the Street’

More than four thousand parents, teachers and children have signed up to a new physical activity challenge, ‘Beat the Street’, walking more than twenty-seven thousand miles between them. The giant game sweeping the streets of Bridgwater is being run by Somerset County Council, Sedgemoor District Council, Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group and Somerset Activity and Sports […]

Somerset school children set to help fight flu

Somerset County Council is urging all parents and carers of school aged children to return their flu consent form and help children become ‘flu fighters’ this winter. All schools should have issued information about the flu vaccination to parents and carers of eligible children and young people asking them to fill in an online form […]

Book first at new look library service

Somerset Libraries have rolled out a new order-and-collect service giving customers access to library books while staying safely socially distanced. Libraries have been opening over the last few weeks in phases across the county and offering the new service, with the final four – Chard, Cheddar, Glastonbury and Martock libraries – now open. With the […]

‘Library Man’ – I’m a storyteller get me outside of here

A popular Library storytelling session is set to move to a park in Taunton now that lockdown measures are further easing. James Denslow – AKA ‘Library Man’ – has created quite a buzz on social media in recent months with his quirky Facebook story-times. Now lockdown is further easing – and the summer holidays are […]

Silly ideas to keep the whole family entertained this summer

Families across Somerset can enjoy a vibrant programme of free live online events this summer, as part of the Library Service’s ‘Silly Squad’ 2020 Summer Reading Challenge. The events, run by Somerset County Council, will be involving quality authors and performers, all keen to keep children entertained. Delivered in collaboration with ASCEL (Association of Senior […]

Parent hacks – digital toolkit launched to help Somerset parents

A new online maternity toolkit designed to offer accessible information to families about pregnancy and parenthood has been launched in Somerset for World Breastfeeding Week, 1st – 7th August. The new Somerset Maternity Toolkit, from Somerset County Council and the wider Local Maternity System (LMS) offers trustworthy information and digital support from pre-conception information and […]

Chat ‘health’ online with Public Health Nursing

Young people, parents and carers can now ‘chat health’ with school nurses or health visitors thanks to a simple new text messaging service. Somerset’s Public Health Nursing service has boosted its health and wellbeing advice with the launch of ‘ChatHealth’, an award-winning digital NHS approved platform. ChatHealth allows Public Health Nursing teams across the country […]