Category health and wellbeing

Nominate a positive, public place to breastfeed

Somerset County Council’s Public Health Team are encouraging people to nominate public places that are ‘positive about breastfeeding.’ As part of World Breastfeeding Awareness Week, 1 to 7 August, the Council is promoting its ‘Positive About Breastfeeding’ scheme. The scheme aims to strengthen the support for breastfeeding in commercial, health and community settings, creating more […]

New service announced for wheelchair and community equipment users

Somerset County Council and NHS Somerset are launching a new Community Equipment and Wheelchair Service to help people live more independently.

Graphic informing people to look out for others during hot weather

Keep yourself and others safe during hot weather

With hot weather forecast next week, Somerset County Council is asking people to keep an eye out for themselves, vulnerable family and friends and neighbours. Temperatures are expected to reach the mid-to-high twenties across much of Somerset next week and the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has issued a Level 2 Heat Health Warning for […]

Funding secured for additional ISVAs and IDVAs in Avon and Somerset

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) has secured additional funding for three Independent Sexual Violence Advisors (ISVAs) and three Independent Domestic Violence Advisors (IDVAs) to further support victims across Avon and Somerset. Following a successful bidding process working with Local Authority partners, the OPCC will receive an additional £706,608 over a three […]

Growing old with domestic abuse – it’s never too late to get help

Somerset County Council’s #NoClosedDoorsEver campaign is supporting #WorldElderAbuseDay with the message – it’s never too late to get help. The awareness day, which is held annually on 15 June, is an opportunity to recognise that more than 500,000 older people in the UK experience domestic abuse, and cases amongst those aged over 65 in Somerset […]

Seven Top Tips for better wellbeing this Men’s Health Week

This Men’s Health Week (13 – 19 June) Somerset County Council is sharing seven top tips for better wellbeing after latest statistics show 10 per cent of all UK men suffer from at least one common mental health disorder. All Somerset residents are encouraged to make time to look after their health and wellbeing this […]

#SmokeFreeLife Somerset presents – ‘Your personal nicotine monster’

Somerset County Council’s stop smoking service, #SmokeFreeLife Somerset, has launched a new animation explainer which is proving popular on social media channels. The animation, which can be viewed at https://bit.ly/nmonster, has really resonated with smokers, non-smokers and ex-smokers alike, by giving a real insight into what it is like to crave a cigarette and fight […]

10 Top tips with child safety in mind

Somerset County Council is promoting the annual Child Safety Week next week (6 -12 June), a community education campaign from the Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT). The council works with partner organisations all the time to protect children and families. However, they are using this week to give extra emphasis to the precautions parents can […]

Food Vouchers return for Jubilee half term

 Somerset County Council is once again working with schools to provide food vouchers to families eligible for Free School Meals to combat holiday hunger over the Jubilee half-term next week. Somerset is using approximately £150,000 from the Government’s Household Support Fund to fund food vouchers for children eligible for Free School Meals over the Jubilee […]

‘Let’s Kick It Together’- family support to quit smoking in pregnancy

Mothers who smoke during pregnancy will be given incentives to “kick the habit” as part of a package of increased support being launched by Somerset County Council to mark World No Tobacco Day, May 31. Let’s Kick It Together, a campaign from the Mums2Be Smokefree Service and the NHS, aims to reduce smoking before, during […]