West Sussex Wellbeing Programme turns 10

Thousands of local people are healthier and more active thanks to the Wellbeing service which celebrates more than 10 years of supporting people across West Sussex.

West Sussex Wellbeing has helped more than 60,000 adults since it was established countywide in 2011.

The service is delivered through partnership between West Sussex County Council and the seven district and borough councils. It offers impartial and friendly advice and support on a one to one basis through groups and activities which help people make positive choices to tackle risk factors such as excess weight, sedentary behaviour, smoking and drinking too much alcohol.

Others have benefitted from West Sussex Wellbeing programmes on broader localised support for everything from improving their cooking skills, reducing the risk of falls and support to people in their own workplaces. These can have emotional and mental health benefits as well as physical ones and can also improve the finances of those on low incomes.

Councillor Bob Lanzer, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: “The West Sussex Wellbeing service has been instrumental in helping thousands of people live healthy and fulfilled lives. It has helped reduce inequality and provided support for people who otherwise might have suffered in silence.

“Whether it has been helping someone make significant lifestyle changes or simply offering useful advice that helps people achieve their goals, West Sussex Wellbeing has improved the lives of so many across the county.

“I’m delighted that the service has had such a positive impact and I look forward to it helping many more people in the future.”

Wellbeing Advisors have continued to support individuals throughout the pandemic through offering virtual and telephone support, and with the return to face to face programmes there are a wide range of options available according to the individual’s needs.

The programme has just been renewed for a further five years with plans to offer more programmes than ever through supporting workplaces, offering the NHS Health Check programme and understanding how they can respond to the challenges of long Covid that are faced by many in our communities.

Information about the different types of support available can be found on the West Sussex Wellbeing website, which also contains details of the six local Wellbeing Hubs in Adur & Worthing, Arun, Chichester, Crawley, Horsham and Mid Sussex.

As well as using this website, any adult who lives and or works in West Sussex can find out more about activities and programmes in their local area by talking to our friendly Wellbeing Advisors over the phone or in person, you don’t need a referral from your GP or any other health professional to access support from West Sussex Wellbeing.