Category Press releases

The morning after can be just as dangerous as the night before

With the Christmas party season in full swing, Somerset County Council’s road safety team is reminding road users of the dangers of drink driving, particularly on the morning after a night out. Anyone convicted of drink driving faces a minimum 12-month driving ban and a criminal record. The myths that a cup of coffee, a […]

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 […]

National award for inspirational Somerset social worker

An inspirational Somerset Social Worker has enjoyed ‘one of the best days of her life’ after bagging a top award. After more than forty years of dedicated service, Somerset County Council’s Chris Denovan, a Locality manager from East Huntspill, was awarded silver in the Lifetime Achievement category at the prestigious annual Social Worker of the […]

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 […]

Somerset school children help fight flu

Somerset primary school children are well on their way to helping fight flu after hundreds of children across the County have now been vaccinated. For the first time, the flu vaccination is being offered to all school children in primary schools, from reception to year 6, and all children in special schools. For most people […]

#16Days of action to help combat domestic abuse

Somerset County Council is backing a nationwide campaign to raise awareness of domestic violence in a bid to end it. Sixteen Days of Action against domestic abuse started this week (Monday 25 November) and runs until Monday 10 December. Working with partners, including health and police professionals, the Council wants to raise awareness of domestic […]

Stay well and winter-fit

Recent falling temperatures remind us that winter is coming – and Somerset County Council and health partners urge everyone to take simple steps to prepare and stay well during the coldest months of the year. To help everyone ‘keep well, stay well’ this winter, Somerset County Council’s Director of Public Health, Trudi Grant and Dr […]

Step up for Road Safety week

Somerset County Council’s road safety team is urging drivers to step up for Road Safety Week. Road Safety Week, which runs from the 18th to the 24th of November, is an annual charity event organised by Brake, which aims to highlight general road safety concerns whilst reducing the number of casualties on the UK’s roads. […]

Stay safe on the roads this winter!

Somerset County Council’s road safety team has some helpful advice to keep everyone safe on the roads this winter. Heavy rain, high winds, ice, snow, and shorter daylight hours make travelling over the winter months a challenging experience. It’s important for road users to realise that road conditions can change quickly, and that changing your […]