About Horsham District Wellbeing
Your local Wellbeing service
The Wellbeing service can help you to find local wellbeing information and services. From this website to the teams in your local area, you can get advice and support on how to make small changes to improve your health and wellbeing, including how to stop smoking, how to become more active or how to make your meals healthier. For more information visit our Home page or take a look at our Horsham Wellbeing Services Guide (Pdf, 2.08 MB - new window). This file may not be suitable for users of assistive tecnology.
Horsham District Wellbeing is a friendly and impartial service which comes from your local authority and other partners, the majority of our services are completely free to users. As well as using this website, you can find out more about local activities and support services by talking to our friendly Wellbeing Advisors over the phone or in person. See the video below which describes some of our services:
Narrator: Throughout West Sussex people are leading happier, healthier lives thanks to help from their local Wellbeing service. Each district and borough council in West Sussex has it's own service run in partnership with West Sussex County Council and local partners. Encouraging people to take more exercise is one of the key elements of the service.
Natalie Lecourtois, Wellbeing Advisor: The Weight off Workshops is a GP referral scheme for adults aged 18 and over and there's a certain criteria to meet which would be a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or over. Its been running about four years and its proved very successful. We have a lot of success stories as well. One lady has lost 7 stone and she's done it, you know, exceedingly well and she's still coming, you know, to us just to help maintain that weight loss and, you know, have a healthier lifestyle.
Narrator: While exercise is important, so is healthy eating which is the reason these sessions are held to help people cook and eat so they can follow a more sensible diet.
Jocelyn Dodgson, Food Matters: We cook a meal together, usually a vegetarian and a meat option. We share the food and we do it around the EatWell plate so try to encourage them to start cooking for themselves and eating and a lot of them have. When I first started running the group here, one of the guys was only eating chicken nuggets and now he's progressed to spaghetti bolognaise and those kind of things.
Sarah Day, Wellbeing Advisor: For us to do our job right it's about making that choice the easy choice for people so that it feels natural and they feel they are going to make a success of that, so they feel supported and confident that if they want to lose weight, they want to stop smoking, they want to get a bit fitter, that they can do that and then they're going to be successful at doing that.
Narrator: Some have problems that require more personal advice and one-to-one attention. This can also be provided by the Wellbeing service.
Male Advisor: In a menu of different exercises you get free exercise vouchers and you go and try out different within Crawley.
Narrator: The Wellbeing Service is still in it's infancy but already there have been many satisfied customers.
Client: I shall never look back .. I'll be always greatful ... and it's free! You know, what else do you want? Its all for you, it's there on a plate for you.
Narrator: As more people become aware of the Service, its workload throughout West Sussex is expected to increase but, as it does, so should the number of people throughout the county who will live healthier lives thanks to the lessons they have learnt and the information they have been given while making use of their local Wellbeing Service.
How can the Wellbeing service help me?
- Have you thought about losing weight, but don’t know where to start?
- Do you want to get more active and energised, but aren’t sure what’s happening in your area?
- Do you want to stop smoking, but aren’t confident in taking that first step alone?
- Do you sometimes feel low and want a boost to your general wellbeing?
If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then this website and the Wellbeing service can help you.
We can offer advice and information and we will also put you in touch with more specialist support if it’s needed.
Three simple steps to get started:
- Get ready - think about the changes you would like to make to lead a healthier lifestyle.
- Get set - check out this website for local activities or support that can help you achieve your goals. Phone or email for a one-to-one chat with a Wellbeing Advisor, or to make an appointment if you need that extra bit of help.
- Go - we will give you advice and support on how to take control and build small changes into your life. We understand how hard it can be, but we can help to make it easier.
You can find more detailed information about Wellbeing services in different areas of West Sussex by selecting the location you are interested in on the Your local wellbeing hub page.
Local NHS and social care services and information
The Wellbeing services do not provide healthcare or social care support or advice. For information about these services see our local NHS and social care services page.
We welcome feedback on this website or any of the services we provide. Get in touch with us by using the details on our Contact us page.