Category Public Health

Spreading hope on World Suicide Prevention Day

In preparation for this year’s World Suicide Prevention Day on 10th September, Somerset County Council’s Public Health team are asking members of the public to share quotes, lyrics or poems that have helped them to get through difficult times in their lives. Contributions will then be compiled in to a digital ‘Book of Hope’, together […]

Protecting yourself and others safe during a heatwave

With temperatures again set to exceed 30C this week, Somerset County Council is asking people to keep an eye out for themselves, vulnerable family, friends and neighbours. Whilst many of us look forward to enjoying the hot weather, it is worth remembering that sunny spells can pose health risks to some people and the UK […]

100 reasons to make the most of Somerset’s Home Library Service

From Hogwarts to Westeros, reading has the ability to transport us to completely different places from within the comfort of our own homes – something that is even more valuable for people who find themselves housebound.  Somerset’s Home Library Service (HLS) is run by Somerset County Council with the support of amazing volunteers. It enables […]

8 top tips for breastfeeding in public

As part of World Breastfeeding Awareness Week (1-7 August), Somerset County Council is sharing some top tips to support mums who breastfeed in public. World Breastfeeding Week seeks to inform, educate and empower workplaces and communities to strengthen their capacity to provide and sustain breast-feeding friendly environments for families. Breastmilk contains all the nutrients an […]

It’s not too late to get your covid jabs this summer

People in Somerset who have not yet had their COVID-19 vaccinations are being encouraged to come forward over the summer.   Councillor Adam Dance, Somerset County Council Lead Executive Member for Public Health, Equalities and Diversity said: “Covid-19 and several other infectious diseases are circulating, so we would like to remind people to take care […]

Nominate a positive, public place to breastfeed

Somerset County Council’s Public Health Team are encouraging people to nominate public places that are ‘positive about breastfeeding.’ As part of World Breastfeeding Awareness Week, 1 to 7 August, the Council is promoting its ‘Positive About Breastfeeding’ scheme. The scheme aims to strengthen the support for breastfeeding in commercial, health and community settings, creating more […]

New service announced for wheelchair and community equipment users

Somerset County Council and NHS Somerset are launching a new Community Equipment and Wheelchair Service to help people live more independently.

Successful joint funding bid to tackle violence against women and girls

Somerset County Council and North Somerset Council have jointly secured an additional £317,694 from the Home Office Safer Streets Fund to continue to make public spaces and streets safer for women and girls. This follows the success of the neighbouring councils’ 2021 campaign ‘It can stop if we change together’.  This raised awareness, tackled sexual […]

Flying the flag to show solidarity with LGBTQ+ communities for Taunton Live and Pride

Somerset County Council proudly raised the Rainbow flag outside County Hall this morning (Monday 11 July) to show support and solidarity with LGBTQ+ communities. Members of the County Council’s Executive and organisers of Taunton Live and Pride celebrated as the flag was raised as part of this year’s events. Councillor Adam Dance, Somerset County Council […]

Graphic informing people to look out for others during hot weather

Keep yourself and others safe during hot weather

With hot weather forecast next week, Somerset County Council is asking people to keep an eye out for themselves, vulnerable family and friends and neighbours. Temperatures are expected to reach the mid-to-high twenties across much of Somerset next week and the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has issued a Level 2 Heat Health Warning for […]