September Newsletter

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Health and Wellbeing

September 2023

Welcome to your September Health and Wellbeing Newsletter!

This months newsletter we're focusing on all things fitness. National Fitness Day is on the 20th of September, and we have all the free classes and activities to keep you moving into Autumn. 

Get Active

National Fitness Day

This Wednesday 20th September is National Fitness Day. This year's theme is 'Your Health is for Life', encouraging people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds to recognise and celebrate the life-long physical and mental benefits of being active.

Why not kickstart your own fitness journey today?

Our 10 week Get Active courses are a gentle introduction into regular exercise. We have a range of beginner classes led by qualified instructors - there is something for everyone!


Classes include: Pilates, Learn to Run, ParkFit 4 Beginners Legs Bums & Tums

FREE Get Active courses starting in September

Weight Off Workshops


Do you feel you are overweight?

Are you ready to make small, sustainable changes every week focusing on nutrition and exercise?

There is still time to reserve your place on an upcoming Weight Off Workshop this September!

We have day and evening workshops running across the District, with places available to book in Cowfold, Henfield, Billingshurst, Puborough and Storrington.

Our Weight off Workshops offer:

  • Nutritional advice to help you lose weight
  • Interactive group sessions
  • A toolkit of resources to help you make sustainable changes
  • Support from an small group of like-minded individuals

If you're ready to stop the yo-yo dieting, get active, and commit to making sustainable changes, we think you'll love WOW!

12-week courses starting in September

Read more


Wellbeing Hub

We have officially been in our new Wellbeing Hub for two months now and over 230 people have popped in to visit us! That doesn't include all of our pre-booked Advisor appointments!

We have availability this month for 1-1 appointments Monday to Friday, with evening appointments available on request.

Have you been to visit us yet? Why not take a sneak peak inside!

September Workshops




Every 2 minutes someone is diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, a potentially serious health condition that can cause long-term health problems.

Our Prediabetes Workshop is for anyone who has been told they are either prediabetic, or at a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

This workshop will explore how to manage and lower your risk with small and sustainable lifestyle changes.

Thursday 14th September 18:00 - 21:00 

Billingshurst Community & Conference Centre, RH14 9EW


Book here

Let's Talk About Sleep


Let's Talk About Sleep

This talk will look at factors affecting sleep, and highlight the reasons why we are finding it difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep, throughout the night.

We will show you how to work out your best sleep time, figure out what type of sleeper you are and how many hours you really need. 

This talk is suitable for people who have mild to moderate sleep issues. If you suffer with insomnia or any health conditions that are affecting your sleep, you should contact your GP. 

Tuesday 26th September 18:00 - 19:30 

The Steyning Centre, BN44 3XZ

Book here


Know Your Numbers! Week

Know Your Numbers! Week 2023 is taking place from 4-10 September. Around a third of people in the UK have high blood pressure, but most don’t know it.

This week highlights the importance of checking your blood pressure, and knowing what steps you can take to lower it if it’s high.

If you are aged 40 to 74 and you have not had a Health Check in the last 5 years, you might be eligible for a free NHS Health Check.

This check can assess your risk of developing heart disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease. You will have a finger-prick cholesterol test, your blood pressure taken and discuss your lifestyle and family history.

Having an NHS Health Check can help you to reduce your risk of of developing health problems and make sure that you stay healthy.

NHS Health Check appointments available throughout September


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Menopause Café

After the great success of our first Menopause Café we will be running another café at Chococo in Horsham town centre.

Menopause Café is aimed at breaking down the stigma around menopause and increasing awareness of the impact of menopause on those experiencing it. The idea is to create conversations in our communities and to support one another.

Hosted by Horsham Central Primary Care Network and Horsham Wellbeing who will be on hand to share knowledge and advice.

We have 30 spaces available for this event.

Book here!


Parkfit 4 Beginners


 Get Active course - starting 19 September!

This month we are excited to launch Parkfit 4 Beginners

Parkfit 4 Beginners is a fun and friendly 10 session course held outside in the beautiful surroundings of Horsham Park. Sessions last an hour (this includes a warm up, plenty of breaks throughout and a cool down and stretch at the end).

 Classes take place whatever the weather and incorporate both cardio and body weight exercises, with no two sessions being the same!

Like all of our Get Active classes, Parkfit 4 Beginners is perfect for those returning to exercise or those starting their fitness journey, regardless of current fitness levels. Each class will be adapted, as necessary, to suit all abilities.

Click Here to Find Out More


Wellbeing Walks

Autumn is upon us!

Spending time in green space or bringing nature into your everyday life can benefit both your mental and physical wellbeing. Our volunteer led Wellbeing Walks are free, sociable and the perfect way to welcome in the change of season.

No need to book, just turn up!

September Timetable



Men's Health Survey


We know that men are less likely to ask for or seek medical help then women. Following on from Men's Health Week in June, we want to make sure we continue to work towards changing this.

We’re asking males to complete this short survey to help us understand how we can improve and tailor the service to meet the needs of local men.

Can you help us and complete this short survey?

Complete The Survey

Dr bike with a bike

Dr.Bike 'Learn to Fix'

Dr Bike's 'Learn to Fix' FREE classes teach you the essentials of bike maintenance, so you can get the most out of your bike and feel confident in dealing with minor mechanical hiccups.

Classes are available by pre-booking only and will take place at Waitrose in Horsham.

Thursday 14th September

Thursday 28th September

Mind Peer Mentoring Service


If you want support with your mental health or wellbeing, have you thought about having a Peer Mentor?

Mind can match you with a trained local volunteer who has experience of living with mental health issues.

They can support you to:

  • Build on your recovery and help maintain your mental health
  • Feel less isolated
  • Develop new skills or start new social activities
  • Improve your confidence and realise your potential
  • Look at opportunities to be more involved in your community

“It is a wonderful service and I would not be where I am today without it”

“I am now completely independent and my social life has returned”

To find out more, please contact Mind:

e:  t: 01273 66 69 50 or visit their website.

Upcoming events:

Emotional Eating & Unhelpful Behaviours Workshop 

Tuesday 10 October 09:30 - 12:30 at Horsham Wellbeing Hub

Understanding Cholesterol Workshop

Thursday 12 October 10:00 - 11:30 at Horsham Wellbeing Hub

Managing the Menopause Workshop

Monday 16 October 18:00 - 20:00 at Horsham Wellbeing Hub