Category health and wellbeing

Share your experiences of health visiting services in Somerset

Parents of young children in Somerset are being asked to share their views and experiences about the health visiting services they have received in the County, to help shape the service going forward. The county’s independent health and social care champion Healthwatch Somerset wants to find out about parents of under 5s experience of the […]

Somerset schools supporting Mental Health

Over 60 Somerset schools have signed up to the County Council’s approach to supporting young people’s wellbeing and mental health. This week is Children’s Mental Health Awareness week (4 – 10 February) and with 10 per cent of pupils known to have a clinically diagnosed mental health issue (DfE 2015), the Council recognises the importance […]

Keep warm and well in the freeze

Somerset’s Public Health lead is urging people to keep warm and well and look out for their vulnerable friends, family and neighbours during the cold weather. The Met Office has issued an amber snow warning for South West England which could see some significant snowfalls in the Somerset across this afternoon (Thursday, 31 January), into […]

Roadshow brings Somerset’s Local Offer to your doorstep

An online one-stop-shop for education, health and social care information for children with Special Education Needs is being promoted at roadshows across Somerset. The events in Frome, Bridgwater, Compton Dundon and Wincanton are highlighting the Local Offer website published by Somerset County Council and the Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group. It contains clear information about the […]

A healthier Somerset fit for the future

Today, Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Somerset County Council announced a series of public drop-in sessions across the county to hear from local people about the kind of health and care service they’d like to see in the future. Dr Rosie Benneyworth, clinical lead and director of the Fit for my Future programme, is […]

Look after your mental health – young people give their essential tips

Young people working with Somerset County Council have come up with essential advice on maintaining good mental health. Mental Health LifeHacks is an online resource for young people to support their mental health and wellbeing.  The project was supported by the Council’s Public Health team to ensure the resource was created by young people for […]

Bridgwater sports and leisure centre celebrates ‘Positive about Breastfeeding’ first anniversary

A leading sports and leisure centre in Bridgwater is celebrating their first anniversary as a Somerset ‘Positive about Breastfeeding’ venue. Trinity Sports and Leisure was nominated for the award following positive feedback about its helpful approach to families. The award is given to venues that have made a significant commitment to uphold the rights of […]

Somerset celebrates new ‘Positive about Breastfeeding’ places

Somerset families are invited to nominate their favourite Positive about Breastfeeding place to mark this year’s World Breastfeeding Week (1-7th August 2018). Cafes, gardens, open spaces, Abbey’s, Town Halls, restaurants and sports centres have all become new Positive about Breastfeeding places over the last year and are now registered on the new website for families […]

Have your say on air quality

Somerset County Council, on behalf of the multi-agency Somerset Air Quality Steering Group, is seeking the views of the community on a draft Somerset Air Quality Strategy. Air quality has been in the national news a lot in recent years, with concerns over vehicle exhaust emissions in particular, when real world testing showed that emissions […]