Tag Archives: Prevention

Cash up for grabs to fund young people’s campaigns in Somerset

Charities and community groups in Somerset are being invited to bid for a share of £50,000 for projects that inspire young people into social action. Somerset County Council is investing £25,000 from its new Prevention Fund into projects chosen by the Somerset Youth Parliament. Somerset Community Foundation will be working with the Youth Parliament to […]

Investing in families

Somerset County Council is extending a pilot project that should see nearly 100 families receive extra support when they need it. The Safe Families for Children scheme was trialled in Mendip and South Somerset last year and provides volunteer-led support for families struggling without traditional support networks to help them at times of crisis. The […]

New grants feed grass-roots action

Somerset’s County Councillors will have £2,000 each to fund community projects that improve lives under a new scheme launched in September. The Improving Lives Grants Scheme has been created to kick-start and support voluntary and grass-roots initiatives that bring people together and help communities stay connected and thrive. Whether it’s a project to reduce isolation, […]

£1m Prevention Fund to improve lives

Local councillors and Somerset’s Youth Parliament will be helping distribute a new £1m County Council Prevention Fund, under plans being looked at next week. The fund, which will be discussed by the Council’s Cabinet on Monday (10 June), has been set-up to finance Council work and community projects that prevent issues, problems and needs developing; […]

Green shoots as Somerset recovers

A series of environmentally-friendly initiatives and an end to cuts to frontline services were among the plans outlined in a speech at Somerset County Council’s annual meeting. Council Leader David Fothergill set out a series of “bold and ambitious” ideas and proposals at County Hall which also included bringing new life to discussions about the […]

Safer homes for Somerset children: together we’ve got this!

Somerset County and partners are supporting National Child Safety Week 2018 (4-10th June 2018) to help keep children safe at home. The Council is working with Somerset and Devon Fire and Rescue Service to continue to make homes in Somerset safer.   Families may be eligible for free home safety and fire safety equipment. The team […]

New ‘Positive About Breastfeeding’ Digital Support now available

Somerset families are encouraged to use, share, follow, like or love the latest digital technology helping support mums to breastfeed! A new Somerset ‘Positive about Breastfeeding’ website and Facebook page provides information and advice to enable families to make natural and informed choices about breastfeeding and healthy infant feeding. Available at Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Somersetbreastfeeding/ and https://www.healthysomerset.co.uk/breastfeeding/ […]

Over 1,000 babies born smokefree in Somerset

Smokefree Somerset Alliance recently celebrated the news that over 1,000 babies have now been born smokefree as a result of the Mums2Be Smokefree service since its start. Smoking is the number one cause of preventable serious harm in pregnancy, and the Mums2Be service, working with maternity services, has been highly successful in engaging women and […]

Let’s take action against dementia

Somerset County Council is asking everyone to help make a difference to the lives of people living with dementia. In the UK, one person develops dementia every three minutes, yet too many people living with dementia face the condition alone and feel excluded from their local communities and wider society. Dementia Action Week, led by […]

Help protect a child’s smile

Somerset County Council is encouraging anyone who supports children or young people in any way to complete a free, e-learning module to learn how to protect children’s smiles. The module launches today in celebration of Smile Month (14th May to 14th June 2018).  It is quick and easy to do and there is a certificate […]