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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…

Storm Ciaran recovery continues as crews on stand-by for further rain

November 3, 2023

Climate Emergency

Press Release

A number of roads in Somerset remain closed today (Friday 3 November) after Storm Ciaran’s heavy rains and high winds. Drivers are being urged to take extra care as more rain is forecast this weekend with a Yellow weather warning…

“Babies cry, you can cope!”: E-learning launched during ‘ICON’ week to help parents cope with infant crying

September 21, 2023

Press Release

Public Health

“Babies cry, you can cope!” is the message from Somerset Council’s Public Health team this September for ICON week – a campaign to prevent the serious brain injury that can occur as a result of forceful shaking of an infant.…

Everyone has a part to play in helping mums to breastfeed

September 14, 2023

Press Release

Public Health

Breastfeeding is great for both mother and baby, helping to build a strong bond and giving babies the best start in life. With National Breastfeeding Week about to start (18-25 September) with the theme “Everyone has a part to play…

Somerset’s ‘Walk for a Life’ event attracts crowds to raise awareness of suicide prevention

September 11, 2023

Press Release

Somerset Council’s ‘Walk for a Life’ event, aimed at raising awareness of suicide prevention, returned on Saturday 9 September. Starting at the Castle House at the Museum of Somerset at 10:30am, crowds gathered to take the mile long walk through…

Somerset Council celebrates with Peer Mentors on their graduation during national Recovery Month

September 5, 2023

Press Release

Public Health

As the nation observes ‘National Recovery Month’, a graduation ceremony is set to take place in Taunton Somerset on Wednesday 6 September for those that have completed Somerset Drug and Alcohol Service’s (SDAS) ‘Peer Mentor’ training programme. The group of…

Make the time, ease your pressure this Know Your Numbers! Week

August 31, 2023

Press Release

Public Health

Somerset Council’s Public Health Team and NHS Somerset are encouraging Somerset residents to get their blood pressure checked for ‘Know Your Numbers’ week. The awareness week, coordinated by Blood Pressure UK runs from 4 – 10 September and is the…

NHS Somerset and Somerset Council welcomes the rollout of the winter flu and Covid-19 vaccination programme

August 24, 2023

Press Release

Public Health

NHS Somerset and Somerset Council welcomes the recent Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JVVI) announcement around the introduction of the winter flu and Covid-19 autumn booster programme and are encouraging those that are eligible, to come forward for their…

County’s prime ethical ad spots can help fund highway maintenance

August 18, 2023

Climate Emergency

Press Release

Travel

Local businesses can now take advantage of some of the busiest spots on Somerset’s road network to advertise socially responsible goods and services. Somerset Council is one of the first local authorities in the UK to develop an ethical advertising…

‘Walk for a Life’ event returns to Somerset to raise awareness of suicide prevention

August 2, 2023

Press Release

Somerset Council’s ‘Walk for a Life’ event, aimed at raising awareness of suicide prevention, returns for a second year on Saturday 9 September. This year’s walk starts at Castle House at the Museum of Somerset at 10:30am, and features a…

Shop selling vapes and drug paraphernalia to children closed down

July 24, 2023

Community

Press Release

Press release published on behalf of the Heart of the South West Trading Standards Service. Trading Standards and police have closed a second store in Taunton which was selling vapes and drug paraphernalia to children, as well as counterfeit and…

Real Somerset people share powerful recovery stories for #AlcoholAwarenessWeek

July 3, 2023

Health and Wellbeing

Press Release

Public Health

This year’s campaign focuses on the theme of ‘alcohol and cost’ and explores the costs – both visible and hidden – of alcohol related issues. The total social cost of alcohol to society is estimated to be at least £21…

Attending Glastonbury, other festivals or travelling this year? Keep yourselves and others safe.

June 16, 2023

Press Release

Public Health

Glastonbury Festival will be taking place between 21-25 June this year, and the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) South West and Somerset Council are reminding visitors to enjoy the Festival but remember to stay safe and be aware of possible…

Treatment to put Type 2 Diabetes into remission – Somerset Leads the Way

June 12, 2023

Adults

Health and Wellbeing

Press Release

Public Health

As National Diabetes Week (12 to 18 June) launches, Public Health leaders in Somerset are urging people who suffer from the condition to take part in a programme which could radically improve their quality of life. The county is one…

Safety made simple for Child Safety Week

June 5, 2023

Children and Families

Press Release

Public Health

‘Safety made simple’ – that’s the message from the Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT), supported by Somerset Council, as part of Child Safety Week which starts today (5 – 11 June) More than 1,000 Somerset children are hospitalised each year…

Recovery work continues after Somerset communities are hit by flash flooding

May 11, 2023

Climate Emergency

Travel

Recovery work continues after Somerset communities are hit by flash flooding. Somerset Council teams remain on the ground supporting communities hit by flash flooding earlier this week (Tuesday 9 May). Council officers are continuing to identify and provide immediate support…

Flooding update – 10 May 2023

May 10, 2023

Climate Emergency

Community

Health and Wellbeing

Travel

This is an update on flash flooding which affected several areas in Somerset yesterday. This includes, but is not limited to, parts of Queen Camel, Milverton, Galhampton, North Cadbury, Yarlington, Bridghampton, and West Camel. The immediate response was led by…