Category Public Health

Somerset – make sure you get your winter vaccinations

With winter upon us, Somerset residents are being reminded to protect their health and the health of people around them by getting their flu and Covid-19 vaccinations.   Covid and flu vaccinations are safe and effective ways to prevent serious illness.  If you’re 50 and over, a frontline health or social care worker, pregnant, have a […]

Somerset joins network to offer better support to county’s most vulnerable residents 

Somerset will be able to offer better support to its residents after joining forces with a national network that offers expertise in providing effective help to people to access our services.  Somerset is one of 10 new areas approved to join the Making Every Adult Matter (MEAM) network, joining the existing 32 locations already taking […]

Employers’ toolkit launched to help tackle domestic abuse

To coincide with the international campaign, ‘Sixteen Days of Action’ against domestic abuse, (25 November – 10 December), Somerset County Council has launched a new toolkit for employers. The campaign encourages employers to play their part in tackling domestic abuse and learn how to spot signs that an employee may be in an abusive relationship. […]

“Don’t forget the most vulnerable in budget” Council Leaders’ plea to Chancellor

Council leaders in Somerset have highlighted the need to support care services in the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s Autumn Statement next week.  Councillor Bill Revans, Leader of Somerset County Council, said: “Jeremy Hunt was the minister who brought social care into the same department as health, so he more than anyone understands that the country can’t have a properly functioning NHS […]

10 signs of an unhealthy relationship

Whilst all relationships have their ups and downs, an unhealthy relationship is one where a partner or close family member shows behaviour that is disrespectful, controlling or even violent. An unhealthy relationship may be, or may lead to, domestic abuse and it is important to recognise the signs of unhealthy behaviours. 10 Signs of unhealthy/abusive […]

Smokefreelife believe in every person they meet – Stoptober case study

For help quitting smoking, click the smokefreelife Somerset logo below. I can honestly say, going to smokefreelife Somerset gave me my health and life back and you too can have the same. Todd Johnson, a smoker from the age of twelve, talks about how the habit was affecting his health at just twenty-four years old. […]

Somerset’s Homelessness Health and Wellbeing work is runner up in National Awards 

Work that has improved the health and wellbeing of Somerset’s homeless population has been named as a runner up in the finals of the Royal Society for Public Health’s prestigious Health & Wellbeing Awards 2022 in the ‘Health Equity’ category.  Somerset was shortlisted for its work protecting the county’s homeless population.  The award ceremony took […]

Support to mitigate impact of Cost of Living crisis this winter

Somerset County Council’s Executive today (Wednesday, 19 October) approved a wide-ranging package of support to help Somerset people deal with the impacts of the Cost of Living crisis this winter. Support includes financial assistance with food and energy bills through the Household Support Fund, a ‘Warm Welcome’ network of venues where people can find warmth […]

 Maternity Stop Smoking Campaign Success

Parents-to-be in Somerset are now less likely to smoke, thanks to a successful local campaign. Over the last five years Mums2Be Smokefree has helped nearly 1,700 expectant parents to quit smoking. As a result, babies in the county are less likely to be admitted to a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) due to smoking in […]

I will never smoke again – Stoptober case study

For help quitting smoking click the smokefreelife logo below: It is 8 weeks now since I quit and it is the best thing I have ever done. I will never smoke again. Barry Leonard quit smoking with the help of a Stop Smoking Practitioner from Somerset County Council’s stop smoking service, Smokefreelife Somerset. He attended […]