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Somerset Health and Wellbeing Advisory Network

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Cases of Covid-19 in Somerset remain very high and have almost doubled in the last reporting week to 1,097.4 per 100,000. We are above both the South-West and national average. We have also seen a significant increase in hospitalisations data for Somerset to around 150 Covid-19 in-patients in Somerset hospitals. The majority of these patients are not ill with Covid-19 but have been detected through routine screening.

Please continue to share Public Health guidance with your networks, particularly during this time of high community transmission. Choosing to wear a face covering in crowded or indoor spaces, regularly washing your hands and keeping occupied spaces well ventilated can all limit the risk of catching a virus and have a positive impact on reducing sickness levels and improving business continuity.
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Survey Reminder

If you haven't already had the chance to, please complete our short survey, to help us learn more about effective ways to communicate Covid guidance with you.

The results will be shared in this newsletter in the next two weeks.

Vaccination Clinics In Somerset

'Grab a Jab' at Boots, Taunton (3)
New walk in clinics are regularly available across the county. Please encourage your networks to check the NHS walk in site for up to date information.
Bridgwater Town Hall, High St, TA6 3BL
Every Friday in March: 9am - 5pm
Walk in
Sydenham Pantry, Community Hub, Fairfax Road, Bridgwater, TA6 4HX
Wed 30th March: 1pm - 6pm
Walk in
Hamp Pantry, Grenville House, Rhode Lane, Bridgwater, TA6 4HX
Thurs 31st March: 1pm - 6pm
Walk in
Auction / Market at Junction 24 Market Way, North Petherton TA6 6DF
Sat 26th March: 8am - 3pm
Walk in
Haynes Motor Museum, Sparkford, Yeovil, BA22 7LH
Mon - Fri: 9am - 5pm
Walk in & Bookable
Yeovil Gateway Church, Addlewell Lane, Yeovil, BA20 1QN
Wed, Thurs & Sats in March: Times vary.
See Grab a Jab site for opening times
Walk In
Dillington House, Illminster, TA19 9DT
Weds & Thurs: 4pm - 8pm
Appointment Only
Minehead Community Hospital, Luttrell Way, Minehead, TA24 6DF
Every Tuesday: 9am - 7pm
Walk in
Wellington Community Hospital, Bulford Lane, Wellington, TA21 8QQ
Every Monday in March: 9am - 1pm
Walk in
Wiveliscombe Community Hall, West St, Wiveliscombe, Taunton TA4 2JP
Weds 30th March: 2pm - 6pm
Walk in
Exmoor Rural Health Hub, Moorland Hall, Wheddon Cross, Minehead, TA24 7DU
Wed 13th April: 11:30am - 3:30pm
Walk in
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Spring Booster Resources

On the 16th March the UK Health Security Agency updated the guidance to the spring COVID-19 booster offer for those aged 75 years and older residents in care homes. People aged 75 years and older, residents in care homes for older people, and those aged 12 years and over with a weakened immune system will be offered a spring booster of the COVID-19 vaccine. Appointments will be available through the national vaccination booking service shortly. There is leaflet available to download, which has been translated and copies are also available to order for free.

Vaccination Resources for 5 to 11 year olds

The JCVI recommends that 5 -11 year olds be offered the vaccine. This has been approved by the UK’s medicines regulator, to boost immunity and increase their protection against any future waves of COVID-19. The NHS wants to support families to make an informed choice, and to make things convenient and child-friendly for those who do decide to get the vaccination.
Please share these 'Vaccination Resources for 5 - 11 year olds' resources with you networks.

Violence Against Women & Girls Webinars

SARAS is a local rape crisis centre providing specialist support for women who have experienced any form of sexual violence, at any point in their lives. They have trained groups such as nurses, mental health workers, GPs, drug &alcohol project workers, housing project workers and believe that positive change can become and reality through learning.

There are running webinars on 'Violence Against Women & Girls' which there is still some spaces on, please share and encourage people to take up this opportunity to upskill.

Introduction to Violence Against Women & Girls:
Monday 21st March at 1:30pm - 3pm & 6pm - 7:30pm
Tuesday 22nd March at 1:30pm - 3pm & 6pm - 7:30pm
Responding to Disclosure of Sexual Violence:
Wednesday 23rd March at 1:30pm - 3pm & 6pm - 7:30pm

Click on your preferred date and time to register for you session of choice.

ENDS SOON! Somerset Food Resilience Grant

The deadline for applications is 31st March 2022.
So if you are a Somerset community group, charity, organisation, or agency then you can apply for a maximum of £2,000.

The funds can be used in many ways and there is no fixed list of things we will fund but are here to support your local needs, ideas and solutions as every community is different. The grant aims to support organisations and groups to build resilience for the future.

Easter Activities

SCC has teamed up with Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership to deliver the Happy Healthy Holidays Somerset (HHHS) initiative across the county, with bookings for this Easter’s activities opening this week.
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This funding is to enable local groups to provide holiday activities including food to children eligible for free school meals in Somerset. This is part of the Government programme which has provided healthy food and enriching activities to disadvantaged children since 2018 and is now being expanded across the whole of England.

There are a total of 12,000 places available, with more than 70 venues offering a wide range of activities from kayaking to music workshops, swimming, climbing and much more.

Parents will need to get a code from their school in order to book the activities. All details on what’s on offer, the locations of holiday clubs and days operating can be found by clicking on the button below.

Wellbeing Support

Staying at home and avoiding contact with other people can be difficult, frustrating and lonely for some people. Every Mind Matters provides simple tips and advice to take better care of your mental health.
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Mind in Somerset has a dedicated support helpline available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They also have a Crisis Safe Space service running 7 days a week 6am to 10pm for drop in and appointments in both their Yeovil and Taunton office as well as Saturday and Sunday daytime. To book please call Mindline on 01823 276 892

The NHS Volunteer Responders programme is also available to help support those who need it. Volunteers can collect and deliver shopping, medication and other essential supplies and can also provide a regular friendly phone call. Call 0808 196 3646 between 8am and 8pm, 7 days a week to self-refer or visit NHS Volunteer Responders for further information.

We want to hear from you

Your feedback is valuable to us and we'd like to receive more from you and your communities. Ideas on different ways to engage and issues you are spotting locally will help us to reduce barriers to adopting measures that protect us all from Covid.
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Resources and Further Information:

For the latest local information as well as digital resources, posters and flyers please visit:

For information and resources on staying healthy happy and safe at the time please visit:

The Somerset Local Outbreak Management Plan outlines how we, the council, will work with the NHS Test and Trace Service, PHE, the NHS and other partners to ensure a whole system approach to preventing and managing local outbreaks. This can be found here.
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