Take five steps to wellbeing during West Sussex Care Month

West Sussex residents are being encourage to embrace the Five Ways to Wellbeing, as part of West Sussex Care Month.


Release date: 3 October 2016

To support Care Month this October West Sussex County Council is encouraging residents across the county to embrace the Five Ways to Wellbeing.

The Five Ways to Wellbeing are:

  • Connect with the people around you – family friends, colleagues and neighbours – building these connections will support and enrich you.
  • Be active Discover a physical activity you enjoy and suits your level of mobility and fitness because exercise makes you feel good.
  • Take notice can be as simple as taking a few moments to enjoy the birdsong in your garden, eating your lunch or talking to friends, will help you appreciate what matters to you.
  • Keep learning by practicing new skills or trying new activities or rediscovering an old interest.
  • Give Join a volunteer group or just do something nice for someone.

Evidence shows that building these five simple actions regularly into our lives can improve wellbeing, mental health and even extend life expectancy.

These activities are simple things anyone of any age can do in their everyday lives and as part of West Sussex Care Month, WSCC is encouraging everyone to give them a go.

Peter Catchpole, West Sussex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health, said: “These Five Ways to Wellbeing steps can lead to a real, positive change in our health and wellbeing. As well as improving quality of life, they have the potential to give us an improved sense of confidence and self-reliance.

“Following these themes can enable us to cope better with life’s challenges. Feeling connected and able to contribute to the community is an important part of this.”

The concept of the Five Ways to Wellbeing was developed by the New Economic Foundation from evidence gathered in the UK government’s Foresight Project on Mental Capital and Wellbeing.

For more information about West Sussex Care Month and Five Ways to Wellbeing see the Care Month page.

For practical information and emotional support contact Carers Support West Sussex on 0300 028 8888 or see their web page.

Notes to editors:

October is West Sussex Care Month. Throughout the month residents will be able to find out about the care and support available to help people live independently in their own homes as they get older.

West Sussex Care Month has been organised by West Sussex County Council.

There will be information:

  • if you receive care
  • are caring for someone
  • want to plan for the future
  • or would like a career in care.

Information will be available on West Sussex County Council’s website, social media sites, at events around the county, in libraries, interviews on local radio and in local publications.

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