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Health and Wellbeing

October 2023

Welcome to your October Health and Wellbeing Newsletter!

This month we're supporting the Stoptober campaign. Stopping smoking is one of the best things you can do for your health, and it's never too late to join the thousands of people quitting smoking this October.

If you can make it to 28 days smoke-free, you're five times more likely to quit for good! Keep reading to find out how we can support you to quit smoking, and more, this October.


Have you been thinking about quitting smoking? 

We provide a FREE stop smoking service for adults that live or work in the Horsham District. This service offers:

  • One-to-one appointments with a trained Wellbeing Advisor (across the District).
  • Motivational interviewing techniques to empower you to quit smoking.
  • Carbon Monoxide readings using breathalysers.
  • Information on Nicotine Replacement Therapy (such as gum, nasal sprays, patches etc) and providing this where appropriate.

Our service is non-judgemental and all appointments will take place in a private and confidential space.

Contact our friendly team to see how our trained Wellbeing Advisors can support you on your quit journey this Stoptober.


Click Here To Find Out More

Tim's Stop Smoking Story



"I feel so much healthier now and I am currently training for a 10k run!"

This month we received some wonderful feedback from Tim, who recently quit smoking after 10 years with the support of Wellbeing Advisor, Sallyanne. Here's what he had to say...

"My key motivation for quitting was my family. I have a beautiful wife and three amazing children. I want to be around for as long as possible and I knew that smoking was really going to affect this. 

I was on 20 cigarettes a day. I have tried to quit before by vaping and also just stopping, but having no help. I went to meet with Sallyanne, and we discussed my smoking patterns and my triggers. I, like a great deal of smokers very much had a pattern around their smoking. I I would smoke five minutes after waking up, when I got in the car, every couple of hours at work, after meals, when drinking alcohol etc. I never really thought I would be able to do it but with the fantastic support of Sallyanne, I am now over three months smoke free.

Meeting Sallyanne every week is such an important part of the process and really gives you the help and incentive you need to carry on. I did have cravings along the way but never thought I was close to picking up a cigarette again.

I feel so much healthier now and I am currently training for a 10k run in support of Nerve Tumours UK, who help my youngest son Wilbur with his condition.

I would never have been able to do this while I was smoking so I want to thank Sallyanne and her team. They are amazing!"

Well done Tim! 



Appointments Across The District

Available to book!

As of this month, our fantastic Wellbeing Advisor, Lucy (pictured above) will be running Wellbeing appointments at locations across the District. The Wellbeing team provide free one-to-one advice, guidance and support to make lifestyle changes such as losing weight, eating well, becoming more active, reducing alcohol intake and stopping smoking. Appointments will be available in:

  • Billingshurst
  • Broadbridge Heath
  • Steyning 
  • Storrington 

For more information, or to book an appointment call 01403 215111.


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world menopause day


Around one in ten women experience menopause before the age of 45.

World Menopause Day is held every year on the 18th of October. The purpose of the day is to raise awareness of the menopause and the support options available for improving health and wellbeing. The theme for World Menopause Day 2023 is Cardiovascular Disease.

Our Managing The Menopause workshop offers support and advice on how to manage menopause symptoms, Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT), alternative therapies, talking to your partner and the impact it can have in the workplace.

This workshop is for those wishing to listen and/or share experiences with others and aims to help you navigate your way through what can be a challenging chapter in a woman’s life. 

Although Octobers workshop is now full, our next workshop in December is available to book!

Monday 18th December 18:00 - 20:00 at Chanctonbury Leisure Centre, Storrington

Menopause can have a significant impact on a woman's physical and mental health, as well as her work and personal life.


Book Your Place

Drop-in Day

We will be offering drop-in sessions at the Horsham Wellbeing Hub at the end of the month.

Pop in for a one-to-one with an Advisor, have a mini Wellbeing MOT and find out how we can support you.

No appointment necessary.

Friday 27th October 09:30 - 16:30


Find Our Hub Here


Understanding Cholesterol

This talk aims to give you the knowledge and guidance to show how a few small steps can improve your cholesterol levels and your overall general health.

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


Book Here

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Saturday appointments

NHS Health Checks in Upper Beeding

Are you registered at any of the below GP surgeries?

• Henfield
• Billingshurst
• Steyning or Upper Beeding
• Storrington (Glebe) 

We are offering NHS Health Checks at our Upper Beeding Surgery on selected Saturdays subject to availability.

Get in touch in 01403 215111 to see if you are eligible!


Click Here To Book

Community support

Find out what's going on near you this month...

Alan and Jackie


Horsham Fibromyalgia Support Group

The Horsham Fibromyalgia Support group is for anyone who has Fibromyalgia and lives in Horsham or the surrounding areas.

The group has evening meetings at Horsham Hospital on the first Tuesday of each month at 18:30. This is the chance to have a general get together, and sometimes they are joined by speakers. The group also run adhoc coffee mornings.

Fibromyalgia sufferers can bring someone with them to the meetings if they want to and can just turn up. 

Meetings held at Horsham Hospital, Hurst Road, Horsham RH12 2DR at 18:30 on the first Tuesday of every month. Adhoc coffee mornings also available.

To find out more, please contact:

e: fmshorsham@gmail.com

Pictured above, Alan and Jackie, Cochairs of Horsham Fibromyalgia Support Group


Walks In Your Area

If you are new to Horsham District or simply looking to learn more about the area, tune in to the Welcome Walks podcast. You’ll hear from the locals and discover what's happening in the towns and villages.

Listen to Luna and Annalees as they explore areas on and off the Downs Link. There's even a feature from one of our Wellbeing Walk leaders, Jill.

Wellbeing Walks take place everyday across the District. Everyone is welcome, and there is no need to book. Check out October's timetable to find a walk near you.


October Timetable


NHS West Sussex Talking Therapies

NHS West Sussex Talking Therapies will at the Wellbeing Hub to answer any questions about their service and how they can help support you. 

The service is for adults registered with a West Sussex GP. They offer talking therapies such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), counselling and Guided Self-Help. 

Tuesday 24th October 13:00 - 16:30 at Horsham Wellbeing Hub


Growing Wellbeing

Growing Wellbeing have been running courses since 2011, inviting people from all over Sussex to get outdoors, reconnect with nature and improve their wellbeing. 

They are running a FREE 8-week course in Amberley starting on 31 October for people with significant mental health challenges and their carers/friends/family supporters. 

The aim is to help heal relationships that have been impacted by poor mental health by bringing them together in nature.


Click Here For More Information 

Upcoming events:

Community Link Drop-in

Last Thursday of every month 10:00 - 12:00 - Horsham Wellbeing Hub, RH12 1PT

Pre Diabetes Workshop:

Friday 10 November 10:00 - 13:00 at Horsham Wellbeing Hub, RH12 1PT

Let's Talk About Sleep:

Tuesday 21 November 18:00 - 19:30 at Horsham Wellbeing Hub, RH12 1PT

Understanding Cholesterol Workshop:

Wednesday 6 December 18:00 - 19:30 at The Steyning Centre, BN44 3XZ

App Of The Month

Download the free NHS Quit Smoking app this Stoptober

Use the NHS Quit Smoking app to help you quit smoking and start breathing easier.

The app allows you to:

  • track your progress
  • see how much you're saving
  • get daily support

It's much easier to stop smoking when you get the right support and there are lots of options to choose from. Download the app on your app store.