A fit and healthy day for local children and their families

Local children were treated to a day of games and activities when Hurst Green & Holland Children’s Centre hosted a Free Family Activity Day.

The event which was open to all, included pony rides, a climbing wall, team games, arts and crafts, messy play and healthy lifestyle activities including local fitness trainer Emily Watson. It also highlighted the work of the Wellbeing Prescription service which is free to all East Surrey residents and has had its contract extended for a further three years.

Tandridge District Council chairman David Cooley, Oxted’s Surrey County Councillor Cameron macintosh and Godstone Surrey County Councillor Rose Thorn were among the attendees.

The third and final free activity day will run from 11am to 3pm on Tuesday, August 21 at The Arc, Caterham on the Hill, supported by the Wellbeing Prescription service in conjunction with Surrey Family Service and Sure Start Children’s Centres.

The Wellbeing Prescription Service, which is jointly run by Tandridge District Council, Reigate & Banstead Borough Council and funded by East Surrey Clinical Commissioning Group and Surrey County Council, supports people to make small changes to their lifestyles to improve their health.

Wellbeing Advisors are based in GP surgeries throughout East Surrey helping people to lose weight, get fitter, stop smoking, connect with local services and talk about how they feel. Local residents can book an appointment through their local surgery or be referred by their GP. The service also provides home visits for patients who are unable to visit their surgery.

It is now one of the largest signposting services in the country and the team of 14 Wellbeing Advisors will see over 4,000 people a year. 88% of people who have used the Wellbeing Prescription service made a positive change to their lifestyle and 78% have visited their GP less since using the service.

In 2017 Wellbeing Prescription was one of the initiatives shortlisted for a national health and wellbeing award and the team was also invited to present its work at the inaugural International Social Prescribing Network Research Conference in June this year.

Councillor Martin Fisher, Leader of Tandridge District Council, said: “We are delighted to celebrate the success of our nationally recognised Wellbeing Prescription service by supporting a free activity day for local children. It’s so important for everyone – young and old – to get together and get active if they can, because it benefits your health and wellbeing in so many ways.”

“If anyone feels like they don’t know where to start, the Wellbeing Prescription advisors can help you take the first steps and offer support. It’s now helped thousands of residents with fundamental changes like quitting smoking or combatting depression and anxiety and is there to help many more people who might need it.”

Dr Elango Vijaykumar, Clinical Chairman for the East Surrey Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “We’ve now had Wellbeing Advisors across East Surrey for three years and they have made a huge difference to people and to our already stretched health services. Many people want to take more control of their health and know they need to make a change, but it can be difficult to give up smoking or lose weight, and that’s where Wellbeing Advisors can really make a difference.

Sarah Ford, East Surrey’s Senior Commissioning Manager for Surrey County Council, commented: “The Wellbeing Prescription Service is a key part of providing more effective early prevention which will reduce the burden on health care providers in the long term. We are delighted this important service has secured funding for the next three years.”

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