Category health and wellbeing

Don’t let a friend suffer behind closed doors

Are you worried that a friend, colleague or family member might be suffering domestic abuse? Somerset County Council is encouraging people to get confidential help and advice on how they can help. With domestic abuse affecting 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men in their lifetime, the chances are we all know someone […]

Somerset pharmacies offer a safe place for victims of domestic abuse

People experiencing domestic abuse are now able to access local support through Somerset pharmacies thanks to a joint local initiative. Somerset County Council, the Clinical Commissioning Group and the Local Pharmaceutical Council have been working with pharmacies across the county to arrange for their consulting rooms to be available as a safe place, where anybody […]

Somerset’s innovative health and social care sector attracts national praise

Somerset has been singled out for national praise thanks to the County Council’s exemplary support of communities and care providers…

Free train travel to help those fleeing domestic abuse

Somerset County Council is supporting a scheme which gives free rail travel to people fleeing domestic abuse. Under the scheme, ‘Rail to Refuge’, train operators will cover the cost of train tickets for anyone travelling to refuge accommodation during the lockdown. The financial barrier of travel is one of the many things that can make […]

Free baby carrier hire during pandemic

Somerset County Council’s Public Health team is stepping up support during the coronavirus pandemic and offering free carrier hire to give every baby the best start in life, building an even closer and loving connection with their parents. The Council is working with Carry Me Kate Parenting Services CIC to provide free hire of carriers […]

Tune in to wellbeing tips

Listen in to BBC Somerset on Wednesday evenings between 7-8pm for some great tips and expert advice on staying healthy, happy and safe during the coronavirus pandemic. Members of Somerset County Council’s Public Health team will be on Charlie Taylor’s evening show, interviewing a different guest each week from services such as adult social care, […]

Children asked to help with new Somerset “Healthy, Happy and Safe” Campaign

Children in Somerset are being encouraged to take part in a campaign to design a logo for a new ‘Healthy, Happy and Safe’ campaign aimed at countering the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic. The Healthy Somerset website – run by Somerset County Council’s Public Health team, has been updated to provide key information on dealing […]

Volunteering in Somerset during Coronavirus outbreak

Would-be volunteers are reminded they can still help communities and those most in need during the Coronavirus (COVID 19) Pandemic. The five councils in Somerset – Somerset County Council, Mendip District Council, Somerset West and Taunton Council, South Somerset District Council and Sedgemoor District Council – are working together to coordinate a countywide network of […]

‘We Are Undefeatable’ campaign launches

We Are Undefeatable Somerset is a new local campaign, launched by Somerset Activity & Sports Partnership (SASP) with the aim of inspiring those living with long-term health conditions to be more active and move more. The need for the campaign was prompted by  a country-wide study showing that one in four people were living with […]

Local Community comes together to make our streets safer

Local Community comes together to make our streets safer The Bridgwater Way has been busy working with people who live in Stockmoor and Wilstock Village to help make their streets safer. Together they created a “Community Street Audit” with the aim of seeing how local people viewed the quality of streets and open spaces in […]