Category health and wellbeing

Your Somerset – Winter 2021

Check out the latest edition of Your Somerset – out now… Your Somerset is delivered to households across Somerset, three times a year and contains news and information about the Council’s services and campaigns and projects that the County Council and our partners are involved in. The Winter 2021 issue is packed full of useful information […]

Somerset’s Public Health Director encourages sensible precautions as the Government moves to ‘Plan B’

Health leaders in Somerset are urging everyone to continue taking sensible precautions and follow national guidance as the Government begins to move to ‘Plan B’ Covid restrictions.  As we begin to see Omicron spread through regions of the UK, early concerns are being raised about the pressure on NHS services. The focus on vaccination as the primary way we can protect ourselves and our NHS remains clearer than ever, and Somerset County Council’s Public Health leaders are reminding anyone who is yet to receive […]

Council urges at risk groups to get FREE flu jab

Somerset County Council is urging people with underlying health conditions to take up the free offer of a flu vaccination if they haven’t already. Flu can affect anyone, but for those living with a long-term health condition, such as cardiovascular disease, respiratory conditions, diabetes or obesity, the effects of catching the flu can make it […]

10 top tips to beat the winter blues

Winter can be a challenging time for many people, Somerset County Council are sharing some top tips to help support people through these challenges. As the days get shorter and the weather wintery it is easy for people to become more isolated as they leave their homes less often. This can lead to loneliness, anxiety […]

Free fun activities return for eligible children this winter

Children and young people eligible for free school meals in Somerset will once again be offered free fun activities over the school holidays this winter.  Young people aged 5 – 16 years will have the opportunity to take part in enriching physical activities and be provided with a nutritious meal and information about eating healthily, as part […]

My trip to 10 Downing Street

On Tuesday 23rd November, I had an unexpected invite from the Prime Minister to No.10 Downing Street…

10 top tips to stay well this winter

With covid still very much in circulation, it is as important as ever to look after your health this winter.

Somerset County Council’s Public Health team is urging everyone to think ahead and consider others, such as neighbours and close relatives, and put things in place now to protect their health.

’16 days of action’ helps employers tackle domestic abuse

The international campaign ‘Sixteen Days of Action’ against domestic abuse, (25 November to 10 December), encourages employers to play their part in tackling domestic abuse and learn to spot the signs of abuse.

8 top tips for healthier drinking and happier relationships

The quality of our relationship with others can impact on our own drinking and sometimes can be a trigger for us to drink more. Alcohol can become a central part of our relationship with loved ones. This can stop us from taking action on our drinking habits, even when those habits are not making us […]

Sober after a twenty-year addiction

“I would encourage others to reach out to Turning Point. It’s about being honest with yourself and recognising you have a problem…” Steve talks about the impact of twenty-years of drinking, being honest about his problem and the support that he had to finally quit.     Thirty-five-year-old Steve has drunk since he was fifteen years […]