Health & Wellbeing March Newsletter

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Health and Wellbeing

Spring is nearly here!

With the temperature warming and daffodils starting to bloom, it's finally time to put the long grey days of hibernation behind us and get the body moving in nature. 

Just 20 minutes spent outside each day can lower stress hormone levels, boost self-esteem, improve mood and better the quality of our sleep - it's a no brainer!

With so many options of scenic walks across the district, there is no better time to get outdoors and explore. Check out the latest timetable for our popular Wellbeing Walks.

Read on to see what else is on offer to help you stay fit, active, and healthy.

Wellbeing Walks timetable 

New courses confirmed, don't miss out!

We have now confirmed the dates of all our courses starting in April. Places filled up quickly last time so get in touch now to reserve your place and avoid disappointment.

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Lose weight in a healthy way

Are you fed up of calorie counting or being on a diet?

Is your BMI between 25 and 40?

Our weight management courses aim to support you to lose weight in a healthy way. 

Over 12 weeks we give you the tools and confidence to make healthy changes.

Courses are available during the day and evening at different locations across the district. 

Enquire now


Take your first steps to fitness

Our Get Active courses aim to support and guide you through your first steps to getting active or getting back into activity. 

We offer a wide range of courses including:

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Do you have a healthy sleeping pattern?

World Sleep Day

Just like eating well and exercising, sleep is the foundation of our physical, mental, and social well-being. The quality of our sleep shouldn't be overlooked or taken for granted.

Our Let's talk About Sleep workshop looks at factors affecting sleep, what type of sleeper we are and changes we can make to ensure we get a good night's rest.

If you are included in the 1 in 3 adults struggling with their sleep why not join our next workshop?

Thursday 21 March 10am - 12pm at Upper Beeding and Bramber Village Hall

Book now

Face to face, online or telephone

Appointment types available

We know that everyone is different and has different preferences when it comes to how they want to access services. That's why we offer a variety of options for you to choose from. Whether you prefer to see someone in person, or want to fit in a call between work meetings, childcare or other commitments, we've got you covered.

Just let us know when booking an appointment and we can sort the rest. 

Appointments are available during the day and evenings, as well as at different locations across the district. 

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Is alcohol your coping mechanism?

Alcohol & emotions

Do you use alcohol as a way of dealing with stress, anxiety, loneliness or other difficult feelings?

Relying on alcohol to manage these feelings can negatively impact your mental wellbeing. Whilst you may feel at the time it changes your mood, the effect is only temporary. 

Alcohol is a depressant, which can disrupt the balance of neurotransmitters (chemical messengers) in your brain and affect your feelings, thoughts and behaviour. The chemical changes can soon lead to more negative feelings such as anger, depression or anxiety. 

If you’re worried about drinking or feel it’s affecting your mental health, our Alcohol Wellbeing Advisors can help support you to explore how you can change your habits. We offer a series of confidential one-to-one appointments to help you cut down to a level you are comfortable with. These can be in person, on the phone or online and at a time convenient to you.  

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Talking Therapies Drop-in

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West Sussex Talking Therapies (formally Time to Talk) offer talking therapies like Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), counselling and Guided Self-Help. They also offer courses, workshops and employment support

If you would like to find out more about what the service offers, drop-in to the Wellbeing Hub in Swan Walk and have an informal chat with one of the team. Upcoming dates:


Tuesday 23 April 1-4.30pm

Tuesday 25 June 1-4.30pm

Commit to quit

Stopping smoking is one of the best things you will ever do for your health.

By giving up smoking, you protect your body from the harm of dangerous chemicals such as:

  • Carbon Monoxide - a poisonous gas that prevents your blood cells from carrying oxygen around your body as well as they should. High levels greatly increase your risk of heart and circulatory diseases
  • Tar - 70% of the tar you breathe in stays in your lungs and damages them. Tar can cause cancer
  • Nicotine - the addictive chemical found in cigarettes. It increases your heart rate and blood pressure. Untreated high blood pressure permanently damages your arteries and your heart

Horsham Wellbeing offer a free stop smoking service which includes access to at least 6 weeks of behavioural support as well as a wide range of Nicotine Replacement Therapy options such as patches, gum, lozenges, inhalators and mouth spray.

Request an appointment

Your Health Matters Survey


West Sussex County Council, in partnership with Qa Research, is carrying out a major survey of people’s health and wellbeing in West Sussex. Many things have changed following the Covid-19 pandemic and the County Council needs up-to-date information to help plan services and take action to support the health and wellbeing of its residents.

The survey is open to all West Sussex residents and asks questions about people's lifestyle and health. The survey is voluntary and anonymous.

Everyone who completes the survey will be eligible to win one of three cash prizes (£750, £150 and £100) by entering a free prize draw. The survey can be completed online until 8 March.

Complete the survey