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Volunteer Opportunity: Public Health Nursing volunteer roles across Somerset

February 16, 2024

Press Release

Public Health

Family life and raising children can be both rewarding and challenging. Somerset Council’s Public Health nurses play a crucial role in promoting healthier lifestyles and preventing illness among families. To further enhance their support system, the Public Health Nursing teams…

Somerset Public Health encourages residents to get tested for #HIVTestWeek

February 14, 2023

Public Health

Next week marks the start of National HIV testing week (6-12 February), and Somerset Council are encouraging anyone who may have put themselves at risk of getting the virus to get tested. National HIV Testing Week takes place every year…

New way to access information on Health and Care Services in Somerset

February 22, 2024

Press Release

Public Health

Leading a healthy life in Somerset has just got a little easier – thanks to a new website launched by Somerset Council’s Public Health Team. The new site – www.healthysomerset.co.uk – is easy to use and features health and wellbeing…

Children’s Mental Health Week: Empowering young minds with the theme ‘My Voice Matters’

January 31, 2024

Press Release

Public Health

Children’s Mental Health week, an annual event dedicated to raising awareness of the mental health challenges faced by young people takes place from the 5th to 11th February. This year’s theme, ‘My Voice Matters,’ aims to shine a spotlight on…

Somerset Council awarded £5m for new health research partnership

December 4, 2023

Press Release

Public Health

Somerset Council has been awarded £5m over five years by the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) to form a Health Determinants Research Collaboration’ (HDRC) – a new research partnership to improve health and reduce health inequalities across…

Historic signing heralds the start of a united new approach to support the health and wellbeing of people in Somerset

October 3, 2023

Press Release

Leaders from the voluntary sector, NHS and Somerset Council, gathered in Taunton to sign an historic document outlining a shared vision and commitment to work more closely together to achieve better health and wellbeing for the people of Somerset. The…

Smokers stub the habit to improve their mental health this Stoptober

October 2, 2023

Press Release

Public Health

October marks the start of Stoptober, an annual national campaign to help smokers kick the habit.  The campaign runs throughout the month, because people are five times more likely to quit for good if they can make it to at…

#LearnForLove – new family health and wellbeing resources worth £100 for every Somerset resident 

August 7, 2023

Children and Families

Press Release

A new series of online relationship, health and wellbeing resources worth £100 per person have been launched in Somerset. The learning resources are available to all Somerset residents, and span topics such as pregnancy, labour and birth, parenting, mental health…

Homelessness Health in Somerset wins prestigious NHS Parliamentary Award

July 5, 2023

Press Release

At the NHS Parliamentary Awards held in London this afternoon to coincide with the NHS 75th birthday, it was announced that Somerset’s Homelessness Health in Somerset – the Homeless and Rough Sleeper Nursing Service and salaried inclusion Health GPs (NHS)…

Get Snap Happy this Mental Health Awareness week (15 – 21 May)

April 28, 2023

Press Release

Public Health

Somerset residents have been asked to share photos of their favourite ‘Happy Place’ in advance of Mental Health Awareness week (15 – 21 May). The theme of the 2023 campaign is anxiety, and those taking part can share photos of…

Somerset: Let’s Connect for Children’s Mental Health Week

February 14, 2023

Children and Families

Community

Health and Wellbeing

During this year’s Children’s Mental Health Week (6-12 February), Somerset Council is sharing some simple tips to encourage parents and carers to consider how they can help children to build meaningful connections as part of this year’s ‘Let’s Connect’ theme. Human beings…

Purple chairs provide ‘beacon of safety’ for women and girls

March 20, 2024

Press Release

Purple chairs are being installed in libraries across Somerset to provide a clear beacon of safety for women and girls. The ‘Purple Chair Scheme’ provides a safe space for women and girls to get information about health and wellbeing, as…

Council urges vigilance against domestic abuse this Easter

March 18, 2024

Children and Families

Health and Wellbeing

Press Release

Public Health

As families eagerly anticipate celebrating Easter at home, Somerset Council is calling on friends and family to be vigilant and stand up against domestic abuse during this holiday season. Recognising that home may not always be a safe place for…

Yeovil Town Football Club support community blood pressure testing

March 13, 2024

Press Release

Public Health

In an important step to improve community health across the county, NHS Somerset and Somerset Council have partnered with Yeovil Town Football Club as part of their ‘Take the Pressure Off’ campaign, raising awareness of the importance of testing your…

It’s easier than you think to take an HIV Test #HIVTestingWeek

January 30, 2024

Press Release

Public Health

This year’s National HIV Testing Week is the 5th to 11th February, and Somerset Council’s Public Health team are using this opportunity to encourage people to look after their sexual health by getting a test, particularly if they have had…

Bridgwater school ditches sugary drinks to become the first official ‘Water School’ in Somerset

January 8, 2024

Children and Families

Health and Wellbeing

Press Release

Public Health

The new initiative kicked off with a launch event at the school on Friday January 5th which was attended by Gold Heptathlete Seren Rodgers. At the event, Rodgers gave an inspirational talk to the children about her experience of winning…

Dry January 2024: a break and reset for the body and mind.

December 18, 2023

Press Release

Public Health

Each year, thousands of people across the UK go alcohol free for Dry January, a national campaign to improve drinking habits across Britain. The benefits of going dry for 31 days include better sleep, increased energy levels, improved mental health…

“Claim your status” this World AIDS Day

November 30, 2023

Press Release

Public Health

On Friday 1 December, Somerset Council’s Public Health Team will be encouraging people across Somerset to ‘Claim their status’ by having an HIV test. World AIDS Day is held on December 1 each year. It is a day of solidarity…

Children’s Centre Gets Green

November 23, 2023

Climate Emergency

Press Release

A range of green improvements are on the way for Alcombe Children’s Centre thanks to Somerset Council and government grants. It is estimated the revamp of the building in Minehead will deliver carbon savings of nearly twelve tonnes per year,…

Beyond the bruises – Somerset’s new fight against non-physical domestic abuse

November 17, 2023

Children and Families

Community

Health and Wellbeing

Press Release

Public Health

A new campaign aims to raise the profile of lesser-known types of domestic abuse and encourage those who may not realise they are being abused to come forward for support and advice. Launching on White Ribbon Day and at the…