Category Health Protection

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.

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 […]

10 top tips to help reduce your alcohol consumption

Living through a pandemic has been difficult for all of us, and in a time of extraordinary change and uncertainty many people drunk alcohol to help manage stress, anxiety and depression.  It has been said that drinking is the UK’s favourite coping mechanism. However, alcohol is an unhealthy coping strategy in a time when adopting […]

Help is at hand if alcohol affects relationships

Somerset County Council is joining organisations across the UK to raise awareness of the ways in which alcohol can affect people and their relationships. In support of this year’s Alcohol Awareness week, 15 – 21 November, Somerset County Council is highlighting the impact that alcohol can have on relationships – encouraging people to talk and […]


Final preparations are being made for the opening of the COVID-19 vaccination centre at Firepool, Canal Road in Taunton. The new centre will welcome people to have their jabs on Monday 11 October and replaces the existing site at Taunton Racecourse. The large vaccination centre will be open seven days a week from 08.30 am […]

Twenty a day to smoke free – Stoptober case study

For help quitting smoking click the smokefreelife logo below: “I would urge any newly pregnant mum or even if your further along, it’s never too late to consider giving up, to give it at least a try.” Hayley talks about her surprise at how easy she found it to quit smoking with the support of […]

Not giving up my smoke free life – Stoptober case study

For help quitting smoking click the smokefreelife logo below: “One thing that really helped me was a text I had from one of my daughters, it was telling me how proud she was of me so when things got tough, I’d read it and it helped me to carry on quitting. It’s now eighteen months […]

Stoptober is back – make it your month to quit 

For help quitting smoking click the smokefreelife logo below: Stoptober is back for its 10th year calling on smokers to kick the habit once and for all and join 2.3 million others who all quit since the campaign launched a decade ago.   Supporting the campaign, Somerset County Council is encouraging Somerset smokers to seek support […]

Me and my boys – Stoptober case study

For help quitting smoking click the smokefreelife logo below: “On my journey with ‘smokefree’ I had all the right help and support from both Riley and Steph. Without their help and time, I would not have been able to do it.” Kim talks about her battle to give up smoking and the support that she […]