Category Public Health

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 […]

How to get your COVID-19 vaccination this summer

The COVID-19 spring booster programme will draw to a close at the end of June, and those who have yet to have theirs are urged to come forward as soon as possible.  Since March, the NHS has been offering spring booster doses to all people aged 75 years and over, people aged 12 years and […]

New Financial Wellbeing project launches

A new Somerset Financial Wellbeing project is being launched to support people concerned about money and help them to plan for a better financial future. The project is being delivered by the four Somerset-based credit unions: Westcountry Savings & Loans, Great Western Credit Union, Somerset Community Credit Union, and Mendip Community Credit Union. The exciting […]

Growing old with domestic abuse – it’s never too late to get help

Somerset County Council’s #NoClosedDoorsEver campaign is supporting #WorldElderAbuseDay with the message – it’s never too late to get help. The awareness day, which is held annually on 15 June, is an opportunity to recognise that more than 500,000 older people in the UK experience domestic abuse, and cases amongst those aged over 65 in Somerset […]

Seven Top Tips for better wellbeing this Men’s Health Week

This Men’s Health Week (13 – 19 June) Somerset County Council is sharing seven top tips for better wellbeing after latest statistics show 10 per cent of all UK men suffer from at least one common mental health disorder. All Somerset residents are encouraged to make time to look after their health and wellbeing this […]