Chichester Wellbeing offers a range of services including alcohol support, a stop smoking service, and weight loss workshops, all of which are currently being delivered online or by telephone to comply with Government social distancing guidelines.

People looking to cut down their drinking can book a free, confidential one-to-one session with a Specialist Alcohol Wellbeing Advisor. Sessions are individually tailored to meet the client's needs and involve creating a realistic and manageable plan to help them meet their goals. The alcohol support service offers six to eight sessions per client and is available to anyone over the age of 18.

Chichester Wellbeing can also help those looking to quit smoking. The team are qualified Smoking Cessation Advisors and are able to offer free one-to-one behavioural support, including Nicotine Replacement Therapy to help people quit.

Anyone looking to lose a few pounds can join a virtual programme of Move it and Lose it workshops. These sessions help people to make small and simple changes to achieve sustainable weight loss and lead a healthier lifestyle. The programme focuses on healthy eating, nutrition and education, covering a wide variety of topics to help people lose weight and keep it off in the long term.

The team also offers one-to-one telephone appointments for residents looking to make small changes to their lifestyles to improve their wellbeing. The aim is to help people set achievable goals. The information provided aims to support and motivate people to lead a healthy lifestyle which can also include helping people to access other local services which may benefit them.

"These past few months have been incredibly hard for us all, which is why Chichester Wellbeing is here to help," says Councillor Roy Briscoe, Cabinet Member for Community Services and Culture at Chichester District Council. "The coronavirus pandemic has encouraged many of us to take a closer look at our health and wellbeing and identify ways we can improve it, whether that's cutting down on alcohol, quitting smoking, or losing weight. No matter what your goals are, it's much easier to meet them when you have dedicated support in place. Our Wellbeing team can offer something for everyone so I would encourage you to get in touch to find out more."

People can make an appointment with Chichester Wellbeing by calling 01243 521041 or emailing info@chichesterwellbeing.org.uk. People can also find out more by following the Chichester Wellbeing Facebook page .

Date of release: 25 June 2020

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