Tag Archives: Christine Lawrence

Shake up this summer and get active

Families in Somerset are being encouraged to get active over the summer holidays – and reap the wide-ranging benefits.  Evidence shows that children and young people who are more active have more confidence, higher self-esteem, less anxiety and stress and better social skills – attributes that can help them deal with the challenges they face […]

Beat the heat and stay safe

With hot weather forecast this week Somerset County Council is asking people to keep an eye out for themselves, and vulnerable family and friends and neighbours. The Met Office predictS high temperatures, especially midweek, with the thermometer climbing well above the summer average. Cllr Christine Lawrence, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing at Somerset […]

Reduce the risks in your home

Somerset County Council and partners are supporting National Child Safety Week (Monday 3 June – Sunday 9 June 2019) to help keep children safe at home. This year’s theme is ‘Family life today: where’s the risk?’ The campaign highlights the increasing dangers facing families today from our modern lifestyles and offers simple solutions to keep […]

HIV & Sexual Health: Have your say

Somerset County Council’s Public Health team is looking for views on the future shape of its targeted HIV and sexual health services. The current contract expires at the end of the March 2019 and the team is taking the opportunity to review how its HIV and sexual health prevention and HIV support services are provided […]

Back to school with a book bag, pencil case, school uniform … and MMR vaccine

As pupils across Somerset prepare to return to school next week, the County Council’s Public health team is asking parents to check if their children have had their two doses of MMR vaccine. The appeal comes after Bristol and other areas of the UK have seen a big rise of measles this year. Since January, […]

Have your say on ‘Improving Lives’

A nine week consultation launched today inviting residents, organisations and communities to have their say on health and wellbeing priorities in the County. The results from the consultation, which ends on 17 August,  will inform a joint ‘Improving Lives’ strategy which sets out how all members of the Somerset Health and Wellbeing Board will work […]

HIV testing available

Somerset County Council’s Public Health team is supporting National HIV Testing Week this week, raising awareness of HIV testing and highlighting where and how to test. Run by HIV Prevention England, this week encourages people to take a simple and quick finger prick test. Anyone can be affected by HIV. The campaign encourages those disproportionately […]

New Farm Classroom Tackling Childhood Obesity

A new farm classroom designed to help tackle childhood obesity was officially opened by Somerset County Council this month. The new classroom called The SHED@Frogmary Green Farm, South Petherton, will help school children and young people understand the link between school meals, food production, cooking and healthy eating. It will also be used as a […]

Altruistic abseilers raise funds for Chairman’s Charities

Altruistic abseilers raised more than £3,000 for good causes by propelling themselves from the dizzying heights of one of Taunton’s tallest buildings last week. More than 50 people went ‘over the top’ of County Hall’s seven-storey C-Block on Friday and Saturday, taking part in the charity abseil organised by Somerset County Council Chairman, Christine Lawrence. […]

Tributes paid to former Council Chairman

Somerset County Council today paid tribute to former Chairman and long-standing County Councillor, Henry Hobhouse, who died earlier this month. Mr Hobhouse, known as Tom, was County Councillor for Wincanton for over a decade, between May 1981 and May 1993. He was Chairman of the County Council between 1989 and 1992, and during his career […]