Category Prevention

Council gives helping hand to CSE awareness campaign

Somerset County Council is backing this month’s National CSE Awareness Day. Taking place this Sunday, 18 March, the day aims to improve understanding of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) so the public can help all the organization involved in safeguarding children. Work to stop CSE in Somerset is led by the Somerset Safeguarding Children’s Board (SSCB) […]

Make every sleep safer for babies

Somerset parents, grandparents and carers are advised to take steps to keep babies safe from harm every time they go to sleep. The advice is offered as part of the annual ‘Safer Sleep Week’, organised by the Lullaby Trust (12th-18th March 2018).  The awareness week aims to make sure people know the importance of safer […]

Get the right NHS treatment

The NHS in Somerset is urging members of the public to get the right treatment and avoid telephoning for a 999 ambulance or visiting busy district hospital Accident and Emergency Departments with only minor illness or ailments. The advice comes as the county’s district hospitals in Taunton and Yeovil have been experiencing exceptionally high demand, […]

E-Learning Course Launches to Improve Adult Oral Health

Somerset County Council is encouraging anyone supporting adults to complete a new free online course to help improve adult oral health.  The adult oral health course is one of a series of two modules from the Somerset County Council Learning Centre.  It aims to inform anyone in a supporting or caring role in Somerset, either […]

‘Time to Talk’ comes to Somerset

Somerset County Council is proud to support a range of ‘Time To Talk’ events co-ordinated across Somerset by charity MIND in Taunton and West Somerset. The awareness day (Thursday 1st February 2018) funded by Somerset County Council is part of a nationwide push to change how we all think and act about mental health and […]

Catch it, Kill it, Bin it!

As cold and flu cases rise health experts say “Stop the spread of flu germs. Use a tissue and wash your hands thoroughly.” Somerset’s public health advisors and family doctors are reminding friends, family and work colleagues to play their part in reducing the spread of flu this winter. Public Health England has re-launched their […]

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 […]