Tag Archives: health and wellbeing

Mental Health Awareness Week – Niki’s story

Niki Shaw, Adult Social Care Strategic Manager at Somerset County Council, shares her story about harrowing events that shaped her lockdown, the anxiety that came with it and the methods she used to cope with it: Let’s be honest – 2020 wasn’t great, was it? For any of us. I remember standing around a glowing, […]

Somerset Coronavirus reflection page

This page is a permanent memorial and place of reflection dedicated to everyone we have lost to Coronavirus. We honour their memory – they will forever be with us in the hearts of those they left behind. Feel free to share your photos, stories, names or to reflect on your experiences through the Coronavirus pandemic. […]

Growing old with domestic abuse – media centre

Last updated 25/02/2021 Ten per cent of older people will experience some form of domestic abuse and in Somerset the number of people over sixty-five reporting abuse is on the increase. Social isolation has been identified as one of the leading contributors and, at a time when more people are isolated due to the current […]

Go fizz free for your health and for your planet

Most of us know that fizzy drinks are bad for our health, but many don’t realise they harm the environment too.   Somerset County Council is encouraging everyone to reconsider their choice of drink and take part in Fizz Free February for a healthier future.   SUGAR SMART is bringing together public health messages such as tooth decay and obesity as well as shining a light on the environmental impact […]

Additional community pharmacy sites to offer COVID-19 vaccinations

This week, two more pharmacies in Somerset, will start to offer the COVID-19 vaccination to those in the highest priority groups as part of a national drive to protect the public from the virus and accelerate the roll out of the local vaccination programme. The new sites include Boots pharmacy, in Taunton who will provide […]

Wellbeing Champion urges students to have their say

Hannah Vile, the new Young Person’s Health and Wellbeing Champion for Somerset, is urging young people from across Somerset to have their say. Hannah, who is excited to be promoting the voice of local students, is heading up a new project aimed at improving outcomes for young people. Hannah is creating a student voice task […]

Taunton Racecourse to deliver Covid vaccines

Taunton racecourse is set to open its doors on Monday 18 January as a new large vaccination centre for Somerset, part of a wave of ‘large’ vaccination centres opening across the country. The large vaccination site will open seven days a week, 8am – 8pm to offer the COVID-19 jab to people across Somerset, supporting […]

Brew up and beat the ‘Blue Monday’ blues

Samaritans’ Brew Monday will kick off on 18 January, the third Monday in January, which is usually known as ‘Blue Monday’. Somerset County Council is supporting the campaign – to raise awareness of the positive things you can do to support your emotional health – by encouraging people to get together over a warming virtual ‘cuppa’, […]

COVID-19 vaccinations to be delivered from three more sites in Somerset

Three more GP-led community sites will start to vaccinate more of the county’s most vulnerable residents over the next few days. These locations, will add to the first four sites announced earlier this week, as part of the developing plan to roll out the NHS vaccination programme in Somerset. The second wave of vaccination sites […]

New A&E project supports young people around alcohol and drugs

An innovative new project to reduce and support the number of young people repeatedly turning up at A&E with alcohol, drugs or violence related illness or injury has launched at Musgrove Park Hospital. The Somerset Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) is funding Turning Point (who run Somerset Drug and Alcohol Services) to deliver ‘Admit’ – a […]