Health and Wellbeing February Newsletter

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Health and Wellbeing Newsletter

February 2024

Welcome to your February Health and Wellbeing Newsletter!

We've got lots planned to keep you well this month including informative health workshops, wonderful walks across our beautiful District, free wellbeing checks and more. You'll also find links about other local services which can support your health.


Heart Month 

Did you know that almost 50% of adults in the UK have high cholesterol?

February is Heart Month and Heart UK are encouraging everyone to take action during this month to know and understand their cholesterol levels.

We all need some cholesterol in our blood to stay healthy, but too much can lead to serious health problems such as heart attacks and strokes.

High cholesterol is very common, but most people don't know they have it because it doesn't usually have any symptoms. That's why everyone should have a cholesterol check.

Did you know we test your cholesterol during an NHS Health Check? The check also looks at your overall health to assess your risk of developing certain heart related health conditions. Why not contact us to see if you are eligible for an NHS Health Check and find out your cholesterol levels? 

Find Out More

New: Menopause Information Session

Menopause Session


We are hosting a Menopause Information Session at our Wellbeing Hub in Swan Walk on Thursday 22 February at 5pm. Hear from Dr Emma Woodcock who is a GP from Orchard Surgery with a special interest in the menopause. The session will last an hour and there will be the opportunity to ask questions.

This session will be followed by the popular Menopause Café at Chococo from 18:15 - 19:30. This is a discussion group, open to all ages and genders: no talks, no experts, topics are chosen by participants.

Book to attend the information session

Book to attend the Menopause Café

Wellbeing Walks

Breaking records!

A record number of people turned up to enjoy a lovely Wellbeing Walk in West Grinstead with our fabulous volunteer Walk Leader Jill.

More than 30 people braved the cold to enjoy a scenic circular walk with far reaching views of the South Downs, interesting buildings and houses along the way.

Our Wellbeing Walks Programme includes over 20 walks starting at different locations across the District. They vary in their length, duration and difficulty giving you plenty to choose from.

There is no need to book, just turn up!

Download the February Programme

evening appointments

Wellbeing Appointments

Did you know we offer evening appointments at Horsham Wellbeing Hub? 

The Wellbeing team offer 1-2-1 appointments on selected evenings each month.

Contact us on 01403 215111 to find out more.

Upcoming Workshops

Our FREE group talks and workshops are a friendly and informal way to find out information on a range of subjects.

Pred workshop


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 7 March 10:00 - 13:00 

Chanctonbury Leisure Centre

Book Here


Cholesterol Workshop

Understanding Cholesterol 

Are you worried about your cholesterol?  

Has your GP recently given you test results and said you have high or raised cholesterol levels?

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 8 February 10:00 - 12:00

Chanctonbury Leisure Centre

Book Here



Healthy Pancake Day Recipe

Tuesday 13 February is Pancake Day! This year, why not mix it up and try a new recipe? Buckwheat pancakes are super easy to make and packed with nutrients that can help promote healthy digestion, provide energy and support digestive health. 

Find The Recipe Here

Community Support

Find out what's going on...

Men's Shed Billingshurst

Billingshurst Men's Shed is now complete, open for business and recruiting new members!

Men's Sheds exist to combat loneliness and isolation amongst men and women. They are about social connections and friendship building, sharing skills and knowledge, and a lot of laughter too.

The Men's Shed is currently open on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10.00am.

For more information, email

Billingshurst Men’s Shed, Station Rd, Billingshurst RH14 9RS

Mens Shed
Family fund

Support For Families with Disabled Children

The SFDC programme provides a wide range of grant items to families in England with a low-income, who are raising a disabled or seriously ill child or young person.

This can help pay for things like: furniture and household products, clothing and toys, family breaks and days out. Family Fund will assess your finances to see if you’re eligible.

Find Out More

time to talk day

Time To Talk Day

1st February 2024

Time to Talk Day is an annual awareness day held at the beginning of February. It’s a day for us all to start a conversation about mental health. Talking about mental health isn't easy. But a conversation has the power to change lives.

NHS Talking Therapies West Sussex will be in Horsham Wellbeing Hub for a Drop-in to answer any questions you might have about their service. 

Pop in Tuesday 27 February 13:00 - 16:30 to see how they can support you.

Choose to talk about mental health and help change lives.

Find Out More

HIV testing week

HIV Testing Week 

5th - 11th February 2024

During National HIV Testing Week, you can order a free self-test, which you take yourself to get a result in just 15 minutes, or a postal test where you take a sample yourself and send it off to a lab who will then contact you with your result. HIV Testing Week encourages everybody to test and to know their HIV status. 

Tuesday 6 February 12:00 - 14:00 the team from West Sussex Sexual Health will be visiting the Horsham Wellbeing Hub. Drop in to ask any questions and to find out more about how you can order a self-test kit. 

Regular HIV testing benefits all of us.

Find Out More

Upcoming events:

NHS Talking Therapies Drop-in

Tuesday 27 February 13:00 - 16:30 at Horsham Wellbeing Hub

Pre Diabetes Workshop

Thursday 7 March 10:00 - 13:00 at Chanctonbury Leisure Centre

Let's Talk About Sleep

Thursday 21 March 10:00 - 12:00 at Beeding and Bramber Village Hall

Community Link Drop-in

Last Thursday of every month 10:00 - 12:00 at Horsham Wellbeing Hub