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Health and wellbeing

In this section you will find services, support and activities to help you improve your quality of life by managing your health and wellbeing and maintaining your independence.

For related services see the categories to the right and related information and advice is listed below. 

Information and advice

Crisis support

This is one of two schemes that make up Sunderland City Council's local welfare provision scheme.  The scheme is intended to help vulnerable people who:

  • do not have short-term resources to be able to meet certain needs themselves following;
  • an emergency or crisis

The scheme supports people with a crisis or emergency and can provide help with:

  • food
  • utilities (gas/electricity)
  • travel costs
  • clothing

Details of eligibility and how to apply can be found on the Council's Crisis support web page.

Emotional wellbeing

Feeling good mentally is just as important as feeling good physically. Emotional health plays a huge role in how we all think, feel and behave.

Poor emotional health and wellbeing can lead to stress, anxiety and depression and panic attacks, and can make it difficult for you to feel positive about your daily life and maintain good relationships with family, friends and colleagues.

Having access to advice about your emotional health can be valuable, and many people find that talking their problems over with someone is extremely helpful.

There are different support services listed in the Mental Health link to the right of the page.

Getting active

If you are interested in improving your health and wellbeing, why not find out how you can get active!

Visit the Council's Active Sunderland web pages to find out about a range of fitness activities for all levels, from Wellness Walking to cycling and an A-Z of sporting activities.

You might also be interested in accessing one of the many Everyone Active Leisure Centres, visit their website to find your nearest centre and what's on offer.

You can also find out what other sport and physical activity is available by going onto the Tyne Wear Activity Club Finder website.

Have your say on health and social care

Healthwatch Sunderland empowers people and communities to improve health and social care services.

You can contact Healthwatch to share your views and experiences of using doctors, dentists, opticians, chemists, hospitals, care homes and other NHS funded services.

Further details about how to have your say can be found on the Healthwatch Sunderland website.

NHS - Health conditions A - Z

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If you want to find out more about conditions, symptoms, medicines and treatments please visit the NHS Health A-Z website.


NHS - Live Well

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To make the best choices about your health and wellbeing, visit the Live Well NHS website.

It offers information, advice and tips as well as videos and tools on more than 100 topics, including alcohol, diet, fitness, tiredness and weight loss.

Managing your health

Digital Health
You can go online and use the internet to support you with your health in a lot of different ways. You can make appointments online, order repeat prescriptions and find advice on specific symptoms and conditions. 

If you would like to learn more there are a number of apps that can help you monitor and support your health and wellbeing in the Digital Assisted and Supported Living section. 

You can also learn about improving your health online for free via an online training website called Learn My Way.

NHS One You is here to help you make small changes that fit your life, so you feel better and healthier, every day. Further details about health apps to help you monitor your alcohol intake, how much you are moving as well as other useful health and wellbeing information can be found ont he OneYou website.

Live Life Well is a free service for people who live or work in Sunderland who would like support to change their lifestyle. We provide both advice and support to connect you to a range of opportunities across the city. They can:

  • Support you to make positive lifestyle changes
  • Help locate the best services to meet your needs and support you every step of the way
  • Provide local one to one support via our team of Live Life Well Co-ordinators

Further details can be found on the Live Life Well website.

The NHS offer a variety of advice, tips and tools online to help you make the best choices about your health and wellbeing, further details can be found on the NHS Live Well website.

The NHS offer a free health check for adults aged 40-74. It's designed to spot early signs of stroke, kidney disease, heart disease, type 2 diabetes or dementia. As we get older, we have a higher risk of developing one of these conditions.

NHS also offer a free health check up which can tell you whether you're at higher risk of getting certain health problems, such as heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease and a stroke.  You can find out more by visiting NHS health check-up website.


Your health in Summer and Winter

Staying cool in a heatwave
It’s important to be prepared for hot weather as high temperatures can be dangerous to your health. 

Further details about how to manage in the heat can be found on the NHS and Age UK website.

Preparing for Winter
As we get older, our bodies respond differently to the cold which can leave us more susceptible to serious health problems. Further details about how to prepare for winter can be found on the NHS and Age UK website.

Cold weather payment
You may get a Cold Weather Payment if you’re getting certain benefits.  You’ll get a payment if the average temperature in your area is recorded as, or forecast to be, zero degrees celsius or below for 7 consecutive days.

You’ll get £25 for each 7 day period of very cold weather between 1 November and 31 March.  Details about Cold weather payments can be found on the Cold Weather payment website.

Winter fuel payment
If you were born on or before 5 November 1953 you could get between £100 and £300 to help you pay your heating bills. This is known as a ‘Winter Fuel Payment’.

You usually get a Winter Fuel Payment automatically if you are eligible and you get the State Pension or another social security benefit (not Housing Benefit, Council Tax Reduction, Child Benefit or Universal Credit).  If you’re eligible but do not get paid automatically, you will need to make a claim.

The deadline for claiming payments for winter 2018 to 2019 is 31 March 2019. Further details about Winter Fuel payments can be found on the Gov.UK

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