In this section you will find information and services, support and activities to help you improve your quality of life by managing your health and wellbeing and maintaining your independence.
If you are interested in improving your health and wellbeing, why not find out how you can get active. There are a range of activities for all levels from walking to cycling as well as an A-Z of sporting activities. You can find out more information on the Council's Active Sunderland web pages.
You might also be interested in accessing your local leisure centre. Please visit our list of centres in the Health and fitness section to find your nearest centre and what's on offer.
There is other sport and physical activities available in and around Sunderland. You can find more information on the Tyne Wear Activity Club Finder website.
NHS One You service can help you make small changes that fit your life, so you feel better and healthier every day. They provide information about health apps to help you monitor your alcohol intake, how much you are moving as well as other useful health and wellbeing information. You can find out more information on the NHS NHS One You website.
Feeling good mentally is just as important as feeling good physically. Having access to advice about your emotional health can be valuable and many people find that talking about their problems is extremely helpful. If you would like to access mental health support, please look at our list of services in the Mental Health support section.
Most people will get an invite from their GP and will book in with the practice nurse or another healthcare professional at the surgery. However you can find out more information on the Live Life Well website, you can call them free on 0800 107 0741 or local number 0191 565 3482.
What is an NHS Health Check?
If you’re aged 40-74 with no pre-existing conditions you can have an NHS Health Check. Think of it as a free midlife MOT to check that your important circulatory and vascular systems are healthy. You’ll be asked some easy questions and have some simple tests done by a health professional. Most people will find that they’re perfectly well but a few people might need to make a few small lifestyle changes to ensure they stay healthy.
If you have a long term condition or you want to know about symptoms, medicines and treatments, you can find more information on the NHS Health A-Z website.
If you have recently left the military or are a veteran, there are many organisations locally and nationally who can provide some support. There are 2 veteran support services operating in sunderland
Please also look at our list of services in the Health and Wellbeing section under Ex Military and veterans section.
Digital health means you can go online to access support and manage your health in different ways such as;
If you would like to learn online about improving your health, you can find out more information on the Learn My Way website which provides free online training in a wide range of subjects.
Crisis support is available from the Council's local Welfare Provision scheme for vulnerable people who;
The scheme supports vulnerable people in a crisis or emergency and provides help with:
You can find more information on the Council's Crisis support web page about eligibility and how to apply.