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Are you ready for Fizz Free February?

Fizz Free February is coming to Somerset for the first time with the County Council encouraging children, families, organisations and businesses to make the pledge to #gofizzfree for the month. Saturday 1 February marks the start of Fizz Free February meaning it’s time to ditch sugary drinks for 29 days.  It is part of the […]

Prevention key to improving lives

Somerset must seize every chance to improve the lives of its residents – and being on the front foot is essential. That’s the message from Somerset’s Director of Public Health, Trudi Grant, in her annual report considered by Somerset County Council’s Cabinet at its meeting today (Wed). The report cites a wide range of examples […]

Curtain up for half term fun

The curtain will be going up at Taunton Library and The Brewhouse theatre next month for a special collaboration over the February half-term. Teenagers aged 13-18 can join in ‘Word Play’ – two masterclasses celebrating the spoken word through poetry, story-telling, performances and workshops. Taking place on Wednesday 19 February from 10am-5pm at both Taunton […]

Time to get SUGAR SMART

Somerset County Council is encouraging schools, families, businesses and individuals in the county to get SUGAR SMART and cut down on the amount of sugar consumed by making simple changes. The Somerset SUGAR SMART campaign launched at Minerva Primary School in Taunton as part of a wider, national drive to reduce sugar consumption by adults […]

Overnight works required at Quantock Road Roundabout Bridgwater

The next phase of the Quantock Road Roundabout improvements is due to start next week, with overnight works preparing for the introduction of pedestrian crossings. Starting on Sunday (12 January), temporary traffic lights will be used on Quantock Road and Homberg Way from 6.30pm to 6.00am for ten nights (excluding Fridays and Saturdays) while underground […]

£200k to support creative dementia projects

Somerset County Council has now invested more than £200,000 in creative and imaginative grass roots dementia projects. New projects receiving backing from the authority include one that offers gardening and hedge-laying activities, and another that focusses on music to  support people with dementia and their carers. The authority is looking to invest more than half […]

Be a New Year volunteer

Public-spirited Somerset residents looking for a New Year’s resolution would be warmly welcomed to join the growing army of volunteers in the county. There are roles to suit almost everyone, from supporting your local library to driving people to appointments or supporting the Duke of Edinburgh Award. All you need is a little bit of […]

Take a break with Dry January

Drinkers are encouraged to take a break from the booze this January – and have a dry one. Somerset County Council is backing ‘Dry January’, the national campaign led by Alcohol Change UK which aims to encourage drinkers to give up alcohol for the month and reset their relationship. During Dry January last year, 88 […]

Age is no protection!

Latest figures reveal Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and HIV in Somerset are on the increase – and Somerset County Council is reminding everyone this World Aids Day (1 December) that ‘age is no protection’. Somerset has seen an increase year on year in the number of people being diagnosed with HIV. The County does not […]

Healthcare workers urged to get FREE flu jab

Last year saw high numbers of flu outbreaks in care homes, and Somerset County Council is urging all health and social care staff to receive their flu vaccination to protect the most vulnerable people in our community. The County Council is asking care homes to Encourage ALL staff to take up the free flu vaccine […]