Category Prevention

Help yourself and your NHS this winter

Somerset County Council’s Public Health and NHS teams are reminding Somerset residents that getting your flu jab  and self-care are still the best way to stay well this winter. Winter is a particularly busy time for the NHS so to help alleviate pressure on the local NHS, Somerset County Council’s Director of Public Health is […]

Somerset domestic abuse service recognised as a national ‘Leading Light’

A Somerset specialist support service offering help and a safe place for anyone affected by domestic abuse has been awarded national quality accreditation by Safe Lives’ – the UK charity dedicated to ending domestic abuse. The Somerset Integrated Domestic Abuse (SIDAS) service, commissioned by Somerset County Council, and delivered by Knightstone Housing and Barnardo’s, joins […]

Connect at Christmas

A list of Somerset events and activities to tackle loneliness over the festive season is now online. Backed by Somerset County Council, it has been pulled together by the Community Council for Somerset, and highlights activities that anyone can join in over Christmas and New Year. From carol services to coffee mornings, lunch clubs to […]

Look, listen, ask and … ask again about domestic abuse

Anyone worried about a friend or family member they feel may be at risk of domestic abuse is being encouraged to call a confidential helpline for general advice on how to make a real difference. It’s all part of a new campaign by Somerset County Council launched this month, running for three months, which marks […]

Soap and water still the best protection against winter sickness bug

Somerset’s Public Health advisors and family doctors are reminding people that simple hand washing with soap is still an effective way to reduce your risk of getting the winter sickness called Norovirus. With the onset of winter and more people spending time indoors and in close proximity to each other, the virus has the ideal […]

Smokefree pregnancies ‘on the up’ thanks to Mums2Be Smokefree

Somerset mums are having healthier pregnancies and ‘smokefree’ lives thanks to the support they receive during and after their pregnancy. Last year was a record breaking year for the Mums2Be Smokefree service (M2Bs), with 504 women using the Somerset County Council funded service to support their attempt to quit smoking, and 292 (58%) of them […]

Somerset: Our County Joint Strategic Needs Assessment 2017 – Ageing Well

Social contact and independence are key to ageing well according to the latest snap-shot of health and wellbeing in Somerset. This year’s Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) carried out by the County Council’s Public Health team looks in detail at the issue of ageing well and highlights the importance of maintaining good health, social contacts […]

Somerset celebrates launch of Infant Feeding and Nutrition Strategy (World Breastfeeding Week 2017)

Somerset County Council is celebrating World Breastfeeding Week 2017 (1-7th August) with the launch of a Somerset Infant Feeding and Nutrition Strategy. The strategy aims to provide information and support to families to help increase the number of women who breastfeed and support those who breastfeed already to do so for longer. The new Somerset […]

County Hall shines a light on The Samaritans 24/7

County Hall in Taunton shone a ‘shining a light’ on the great work of The Samaritans in preventing suicide this week. The historic building shone a green solar light on Monday night (24th July ) to show support for the ‘round the clock’ work The Samaritans carry out to prevent suicide. The charity’s national 24/7 […]

Let’s celebrate 10 years Smokefree

Somerset smokers are asked to seize the moment and mark the 10th anniversary of pubs, clubs and workplaces becoming ‘smokefree’ by law by quitting this July. Since the ban lots of measures have been introduced to reduce smoking rates which have roughly halved in Somerset in 10 years. Nationally the smoking rate was 24 per […]