Health and Wellbeing

People are living longer and it is therefore important that we look after our health so that we can remain active and healthy and take part in our community for as long as possible. Improving wellbeing is a worthy goal in its own right and can be instrumental to other outcomes – physical health, getting into work and productivity. Feelings of wellbeing are fundamental to the overall health of an individual, enabling them to successfully overcome difficulties and achieve what they want out of life. 

Coronavirus - Information

Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Warrington – for information and advice, please visit

Following instructions from the government, we have made changes to some face-to-face services, including closing all community and children’s centres in Warrington. You will find information about this and changes to social care services, support available for residents and businesses, along with advice on health, and what to do during the outbreak, on the council’s website.

Are you feeling overwhelmed by the current situation? - information and advice available here - 

New advice has been published by Public Health England for parents and carers focused on looking after the #mentalhealth and wellbeing of children and young people.

You can read the full guidance:…/covid-19-guidance-on-supporting-children-and-y…

#coronavirus #StayHomeSaveLives

Coronavirus safety advice for survivors

Some local support services in the community may be temporarily suspended because of coronavirus. This will mean that some survivors will feel particularly isolated. If you were accessing counselling that has now been suspended, some counselling services can continue to provide support. Supportline provide a confidential telephone helpline and email counselling service. Particularly to those at risk of abuse or are isolated.

Coronavirus - What you need to do  -

Guidlines from the NHS -

Stay at home guidance -

Coronavirus: information for families looking after someone living dementia

We know that this is a worrying time for families looking after someone with dementia. The weeks ahead are going to be challenging. But there are a few things you can do to look after yourself, and the person with dementia, during this time

Voucher scheme launches for schools providing free school meals

Weekly shopping vouchers worth £15 to spend at supermarkets while schools are closed due to coronavirus

Closure of Eductional settings - Information for parents and carers -

Guidance for Eduactional Settings -

On-line & Home Learning Resources -

Resources for talking to children about the Coronavirus -

Volunteering in the community -



Some local services and what they are offering -

Company Category Services Contact details
Age UK Community support Wellbeing calls being made to the elderly: phone calls, health checks, medication, critical shopping and delivery support.  Priority given to those over 70 and living alone 0300 003 1992 Monday to Thursday, 10:00 - 14:00
Alzheimer's Society Community support Offering telephone support: Dementia Connect Support Line
0333 150 3456
Burtonwood and Winwick Community Bus Community support Transport to work, college, shopping and medical appointments for people who live in Burtonwood and Winwick.  They will also collect shopping and deliver it, provide reassurance over the phone, and run simple errands like posting letters.  They are also looking for volunteers 07815 550157 
Callands, Westbrook and Kingswood Cornovirus Support Group Community support Donations of tinned food, children’s medicine, snacks, bread, toiletries etc. can be dropped off at the Seven Woods Pub in Westbrook on a Monday and Thursday between 15:00 and 16:30.  They will then be distributed to those in need.
Cheshire Community Foundation Community support Charitable fund supporting charities that are meeting the needs of the community buring the COVID-19 outbreak  01606 330607
Friends of Meadowside CIC Community support Based at the Greenhouse in Orford Park, this group is offering free food to anyone Tuesday - Saturday between 10:00 and 11:00
Halton and Warrington COVID Patient Advice Line Community support Alternative advice line if it is proving difficult to get through on NHS 111 01925 303370
Help Warrington's NHS Heroes donations Community support Donate to Warrington Guardian's fundraising campaign to support NHS staff
Helping Hands Orford and Poplars and Hulme Community support Street Ambassadors scheme offering support to elderly neighbours in terms of care packages and pen pal messages from children
Kings Church Warrington Community support Deliveries of food parcels to the Dallam, Bewsey and Whitecross areas.  Food donations are accepted at Kings Community Centre, Marina Avenue, Great Sankey on Wednesdays and Saturdays between 10:30 and 12:00
Leave No One Behind Grappenhall and Thelwall Community support Local community support group offering assistance to the elderly and vulnerable and those self-isolating at home Find them on Facebook
Leave No One Behind in Lymm Community support Street champions based at Lymm Library who have provided contact details to all residents in need of support: deliveries, food shopping, medication, topping up electric or gas keys, emergency dog walking, post or simply a friendly phone call.  They are also reaching out to residents in Warburton, Dunham and High Legh.
07510 749854 
Leave No One Behind - Stockton Heath, Appleton & Walton Community support Local community support group offering assistance to the elderly and vulnerable and those self-isolating at home Find them on Facebook
Leave No One Out - Latchford Area Community support Local community support group offering assistance to the elderly and vulnerable and those self-isolating at home.  Food donations and general groceries accepted from local shops and then made available at key locations in Latchford (see Facebook for latest posts) Find them on Facebook
Mental Health Crisis Line Community support People living in Warrington who are experiencing a mental health crisis can now access support through a new, 24/7, mental health crisis line.
North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has launched the crisis line to provide support 24 hours a day, seven days a week to people of all ages, including children and young people, who need urgent mental health support.
01925 275309
Safe and Well Hub Community support Telephone checks on wellbeing, delivery of food and medication, some minor face-to-face assistance with basic tasks. 01925 442441
01925 442443
Support Our Local Elderly and Vulnerable - Great Sankey & Penketh Community Support Donation hubs based at Penketh Boys Club and Hood Manor Community Centre open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 10:00 and 12:00.  Leaflets have been provided to all residents. Find them on Facebook
Warrington Day Service Community support Support with mental health and feelings of isolation.  Join in online with Play Your Cards Right, bingo, karaoke, exercise and cookery sessions.  Run by Making Space. 07813 557874 
Warrington Independent Domestic Violence Advocates Community support Support with domestic violence 
Warrington West Scouts in partnership with Woodend Nursey Community Support This year, the Spring Plant Sale has moved online.  Every order over £25 will be entered into a prize draw.  Available in Penketh and Great Sankey areas
Warrington Voluntary Association Community support Coordinating and organising low level support for those with simple needs like shopping and checking on welfare for those not currently open to Social Care 01925 246880 
Foodbank donations Foodbanks Donations are being received for foodbanks at the following stores: Sainsbury's in Lymm, Culcheth and Chapelford, Tesco Extra on Winwick Road, Morrison's in Stockton Heath, all 3 ASDA stores, any SPAR store and Fearnhead Cross Community and Youth Centre
Warrington and Halton Hospitals Community Hub Foodbanks Donate, food, toiletries and comforts to support patients and staff at the hospital.  These will then be used to provide basic packs for those being discharged home and overnight packs for staff who are forced to stay away from their own homes.  Donations of items to keep patients entertained are also welcome. To arrange to drop off or to arrange for items to be collected from your own home, call 01925 662666 or email
ALDI food parcels Grocery delivery A standard parcel contains 22 ambient products including a range of food items, handwash and toilet tissue.  The parcel costs £24.99 including delivery.  Order via the website. 
Best in Bury Butchers Grocery delivery Free delivery of a range of traditional butchery products.
0161 763 9900
Big Barn Grocery delivery Website listing deliveries of local fresh produce from Kenyon Hall Farm in Croft. 
Brakes Food Shop Grocery delivery Located at the Omega depot, you can order and collect a range of items, including fresh and frozen products, deep cleaning products and drinks.  Currently, allow 24 hours for your order to be prepared and then collect between 9:00 - 15:00 on the next working day. Browse the range at then call 0344 412 9985 to place your order between 9:00 and 16:00
Café Fresh, Grafton Street Grocery delivery Delivery and takeaway service offering meals throughout the day. 07861 830536
Creamline Dairies Grocery delivery Basic and fresh products delivered within 48 hours
Farm to Fork Grocery delivery Fresh fruit, vegetables, meat and essentials delivered to your home.  Delivers to WA postcodes on Thursday.  Owing to demand at the current time, they are only supplying a standard box.  They also deliver surplus produce to foodbanks at the end of each day.  The website states that when demand becomes high, they will be prioritising the elderly and vulnerable.  Food boxes are for two or four people and are either £38 or £74 + £4 delivery.
Fresh Meat Packs North West Grocery delivery Range of traditional butchery products available to deliver.  Order online or by telephone.
0161 979 0246
Grocery Delivery Service Grocery delivery Wide range of groceries deleivered direct to your door.  Order online.  N.b. there are some minimum order prices and delivery charges 
Groobox Grocery delivery Fresh fruit and vegetables grown locally and delivered to your home from a farm in High Legh 
Home Chef Direct Grocery delivery Local company offering freshly prepared meals to be delivered to your door which can be stored in the fridge for four days or frozen for up to three months.  There is a 15% discount for all NHS staff at the moment 
01925 814067 (Seven days a week from 9:00 - 19:00)
Jasper's Grocery delivery Professional caterers providing grocery boxes delivered to your home 0330 445 1111 
Marks and Spencer food boxes Grocery delivery Order a range of food boxes online to be delivered to your home.  General food box £35.00, fruit box £20.00, mixed vegetable box £15.00, select your own vegetable box £17.00, meat box £45.00. 
McColl's and Deliveroo Grocery delivery Order food and drink, toiletries and cleaning products via the Deliveroo app and they will be delivered to your doorstep in under thirty minutes. Deliveroo app
Mobile Meals Warrington Grocery delivery Food delivery service 01925 357737 / 07821 097583 
Morrisons Telesales line Grocery delivery Telephone line dedicated to next day deliveries for the vulnerable and elderly.  Choose from a menu of 47 essential groceries.  Pay on the doorstep with a mobile chip and pin device 0345 611 6111
Oakhouse Foods Grocery delivery Food delivery service 0333 3706700 Grocery delivery No need for a fridge or a freezer! Cupboard stored meals delivered straight to your door and ready to eat within minutes - with no subscription required.  Browse the menu online or order an express delivery box for £29.90. 0800 612 7225 
Red Bank Farm Shop, Winwick Road, Newton-le-Willows Grocery delivery Family run farm and farm shop offering delieveries of meat. 01925 292470 
Seddons Farn Butchers Grocery delivery Family run butcher's and farm shop offering deliveries. 01942 231846
Shopping support for the vulnerable Grocery delivery If you have been identified as a person who is vulnerable to COVID-19, you can request support with things like shopping for groceries.  You can do this yourself or on behalf of someone you know.  If you are unsure whether you qualify, register anyway.  It is useful to have your NHS number which will be on any letter sent to you by the NHS
To-Pie-For Grocery delivery New pie delivery service.
Warrington Fruit and Veg Grocery delivery Delivery service available for fresh fruit and vegetables; boxes cost £20 but will be packed with fruit and vegetables.  Payments are by Paypal  
We Deliver Local Grocery delivery Local delivery service that aims to deliver within 90 minutes.  Delivery charges apply.  Service provided by Beedelivery. 
Wiltshire Farm Foods Grocery delivery Food delivery service 08000 773100
NHS - Warrington and Halton Teaching Hospitals Jobs Warrington and Halton Teaching Hospitals are looking to recruit an additional number of staff to assist with the current situation: nurses, healthcare assistant, porters and domestics 
Paid opportunities in Adult Social Care Jobs The Council are looking to support Adult Social Care services and are recruiting now: assisting more experienced carers; support in residential care home; supporting Carecall; undertaking safe and well checks.  Please provide basic contact details to get an application form  01925 444157
Kenyon Hall Farm Shop Retail Farm shop offering a 'Click and Collect' service to support social distancing.
01925 765531
Opening hours for supermarkets Retail ASDA: NHS workers have priority Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:00 - 9:00.
Tesco: elderly and vulnerable have priority on Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 9:00 and 10:00.  NHS staff can browse on Sundays for one hour before opening and proceed directly to the checkouts when they open.ID required.
Sainsbury's: elderly and vulnerable and carers have priority on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:00 - 9:00.  NHS and social care workers can shop from 7:30  - 8:00 from Monday - Saturday.
Opening hours for supermarkets Retail Morrisons: NHS hour Monday - Saturday 7:00 - 8:00.
LIDL: opens an hour early for elderly and vulnerable.
Iceland: elderly customers between 8:00 and 9:00.  NHS workers only in the final hour of trading from Monday - Saturday.
M&S: NHS and emergency service workers for the first hour of trading on TUesday and Friday.
Waitrose: elderly and vulnerable people have priority in the first hour of trading every day.
CO-OP: NHS, elderly and vulnerable have priority 8:00 - 9:00 Monday - Saturday and 10:00 - 11:00 on Sundays.
ASDA Volunteer Card Retail Not being able to get to the shops for your essentials is hard. Especially in the current situation. That’s why we’ve created the Volunteer Shopping Card, the cashless - and less stressful - way for people to help get the shopping in. Ideal for those who might be self-isolating, older or medically vulnerable, the Volunteer Shopping Card provides a contactless, safe and secure way to allow others to shop for them. 
Anthony's Pizza, Bridge Street Takeaway / delivery Now delivering a full Sunday roast lunch from 12:00 - 15:00.
01925 900476
The Big Blue Takeaway / delivery Limited menu in the mornings but open for tea.  Five Star rating for hygiene 177A Knutsford Road, Grappenhall, WA4 2QL
Bilash, 742 Knutsford Road, Latchford Takeaway / delivery Online Indian takeaway and delivery service, open from 17:00 every day. 01925 445321
01925 445321
07857 236725 
Caffe Caruso, Horsemarket Street Takeaway / delivery Delivery of Italian food, pay over the telephone 01925 416921
Deadeyes, Bridge Street Takeaway / delivery Burgers, hotdogs, street food.  Free delivery within three miles.  Choose from a selection of two-course meals for £10.95.  Thursday - Saturday 17:00 - 22:00 01925 573462 / 07552 400515
The Fish Net Takeaway / delivery Click and collect or use UberEats.  Pay online only.  Five Star rating for hygiene 124 Thelwall Lane, WA4 1LU
George and Dragon, Glazebury Takeaway / delivery Pizzas, pastas, burgers and traditional pub food for collection or delivery
Greenwood Fryery Takeaway / delivery Five Star rating for hygiene 76 Marsh House Lane, WA1 3QU
Harry's Fish Bar Takeaway / delivery Currently closed but reopening 8/4/2020 - 11/4/2020.  Five Star rating for hygiene 191 - 193 Warrington Road, Penketh, WA5 2EN
Heaths 26, Stockton Heath Takeaway / delivery Breakfasts, sandwiches, wraps, omelettes, baked potatoes and salads 01925 262626
Horseshoe Inn, Croft Takeaway / delivery Traditional pub menu.  Free delivery within four miles. 01925 764464
The Kingsway Fish Bar Takeaway / delivery Collection and delivery available.  Five Star rating for hygiene 15 Kingsway North, WA1 3NU
La Boheme, Lymm Takeaway / delivery Special menu available on the website.  Place orders over the telephone and then collect 01925 753657
Mr Lau's, Springfield Street Takeaway / delivery Dim Sum restaurant offering a delivery service including drinks.  You can order ahead and book a delivery time 
Mrs Massey's Munchies at The Imperial Hotel, Bewsey Takeaway / delivery Breakfasts, jacket potatoes, baguettes, pies and pub food.  Delivery available from 9:00 - 14:00 07730 467208
Room Forty mobile afternoon tea Takeaway / delivery Delivery in a box: sandwiches, cakes,vintage china, cultery, tablecloths and bunting 
The Stag at Walton Takeaway / delivery Traditional pub menu with collection or delivery service.  There is a grocery store next door so they will also deliver basic groceries 01925 261680
The Station House, Padgate Takeaway / delivery American-style and traditional pub food available between 12:00 and 20:00
Trigger Pond, Great Sankey Takeaway / delivery Takeaway service with 20% discount: fish and chips, buttermilk chicken and a vegan menu 01925 791165
Uncle Don's Fish and Chip, Grafton Street Takeaway / delivery Free delivery from 20/3/2020 available from 16:00 - 19:30 01925 659943
The Village Indian Takeaway, 192 Knutsford Road, Grappenhall Takeaway / delivery Takeaway and delivery service.  View the menu online and order online, or call the restaurant.  Cash and card payments can be made when food is delivered.
01925 601996
Wasabi Tepanyaki Takeaway / delivery Japanese delivery and takeaway service open Wednesday to Saturday from 16:00 - 21:00.  View the menu online and on Facebook 01925 211222 

 A link to Paymet Options for Shopping while self-isolating


Look After Your Family - Change 4 Life

We know that what happens during the first few years of life (starting in the womb) has lifelong effects on the health and wellbeing of a child – from obesity, heart disease and mental wellbeing, as well as success at school and later working life. We also know that the choices parents’ make for themselves can support or make it difficult for children to develop healthy habits.

Start4Life website is the place to go for trusted NHS help and advice during pregnancy, birth and parenthood. It gives advice of how to eat well and keep active during pregnancy, helping to ensure you have an uncomplicated delivery and healthy baby. It helps new parents understand about how best to feed a new baby by explaining the benefits of breastfeeding and when to introduce solid foods. There is also a section about the best foods for toddlers and tips to keep them active.

These days, 'modern life' can mean that children are a lot less active. With so many opportunities to watch TV or play computer games, and with so much convenience and fast food available, children don't move about as much, or eat as well as we used to. Nine out of 10 of our kids today could grow up with dangerous amounts of fat in their bodies. This can cause life-threatening diseases like cancer, type 2 diabetes and heart disease. The Change 4 Life website helps families ‘Eat Well, Move More and Live Longer’, it helps parents understand what foods keep children strong and healthy, it has loads of easy to cook recipes and lots and lots of ideas to keep kids fit and active. You can find information about

C4L Recipes            Healthy Snacks               Food labels               Get Kids Active

Look After Yourself - One You

Look After Yourself - One You

Poor health and around 40% of all deaths of adults in England is related to everyday habits and behaviours – such as eating too much unhealthy food, drinking too much alcohol, not being active enough or continuing to smoke. They also cost the NHS more than £11 billion every year.

One You can help you avoid future diseases caused by modern lifestyles by taking control of your health by eating a healthier diet, drinking less alcohol, exercising more, and quitting smoking. One You will help you enjoy a longer and healthier life.

One You encourages you to think about your life and the choices you make, by putting yourself first and making some changes to improve your own health and feel good about yourself. It’s never too late - making changes such as eating well, drinking less alcohol, quitting smoking or being more active can double your chances of being healthy at 70 and beyond. Think about the small changes you can make.  

Take this free online health quiz, called ‘How Are You’, to identify where you can make changes in your life. The quiz provides personalised recommendations and will direct you to tools and advice created by experts to help you take action where it’s most needed.

The One You website can help you understand more about

Quit Smoking                     Eat Better                             Sexual Health

Lose Weight                       Move More                            Sleep Better

Drink Less                          Diabetes                               Better Mental Health

Wellbeing Service

Warrington Wellbeing Service

Wellbeing is about having a good quality of life; it can be described as feeling healthy, happy or being able to cope with the problems that can happen in life. There are many different issues that can affect your wellbeing; worries about money, feeling stuck in a rut, or maybe wanting help to change, for example quit smoking.

For more information click here

Courses to promote Health & Wellbeing

These courses are for adults age 18 and over in the Warrington Community.  Who are looking at improving their health and wellbeing.

I am I can Time for Me/Happiness


Anxiety Management

Positive Thoughts

Looking after your mental wellbeing using -

Youth Connect 5



Dementia Friends


Budget Boosting

Creative Remedies

Getting to know your Tablet

Computers for the Terrified

Ageing Well

Blooming Art

All these courses are FREE and held in the local community - for more information click on the course you wish to attend


Happy? OK? Sad - a mental health site for people in Warrington

Happy? OK? Sad? is a mental health site for people who live or work in Warrington.

The site includes information about how to look after your mental wellbeing, as well as a directory of mental health support services. There’s also details of services you can contact if you can’t cope and need help right now. Local services are clearly marked and there’s a short description explaining what each service offers. The website is divided into age related pages, so you can quickly find the information and services most relevant to you. There’s also a page for frontline workers with links to free resources and training.

The aims of the Happy? OK? Sad? website are to make you aware of:

  • simple things you can do to look after your mental wellbeing
  • symptoms of common mental health problems
  • services that can offer information, advice, support or treatment
  • what to do if someone can’t cope and needs help right now


Dementia Prevention

Dementia is not an inevitable part of ageing.  Adoption of healthier lifestyles in midlife can reduce the risk of dementia. The World Health Organisation recommends reducing the risk or delaying the onset of dementia by helping people to:

  • stop smoking
  • be more active
  • reduce their alcohol consumption
  • improve their diet
  • lose weight if necessary and maintain a healthy weight

Health Matters

Those who are at a higher risk of dementia are carer’s of people with dementia, over 65’s, females and those from Black and South Asian Groups.

The protective factors for dementia are keeping socially active, obtaining higher levels of education and cognitive stimulation such as puzzles or learning a second language.

Diagnosis and support

GP’s play a key role in recognising and identifying the symptoms of dementia and referring the person to the specialist Later Life and Memory Service (LLaMS)  The LLaMS service will then undertake a more detailed assessment of the person and may or may not diagnose them with dementia.

Memory Assessment/treatment

Living with Dementia

Upon being diagnosed with dementia there is a range of support available for those living with dementia and those caring for someone with dementia.  In Warrington there are a range of Dementia support groups or cafes across the town, see attachment names Dementia activities.

The Alzheimer’s society provide a care navigator service, to support the person upon diagnosis and their family through the Health and Social care systems ensuring they have the appropriate support they need.  Support can be delivered on a one to one basis or in a group setting.

Alzheimer's Society

The Wellbeing Service

The Wellbeing service provides one to one support for anyone living with dementia and their carers. Anyone can refer to the service and support can be provided for as long as is necessary. The service is also commissioned to provide a dementia navigation service which supports people diagnosed with dementia at the Later Life and Memory Service at Hollins Park and their carers. Support is provided under four areas, dementia friendly community activities, carer needs, equipment & benefit/income support.

Wellbeing Service

Dementia Friends

Wheels for all

Livewire Dementia friendly activities programme

There are respite and a day-care facilities available for those living with dementia in Warrington.  These can be accessed via social services and there will normally be a charge based on a financial assessment.

Telephone: 01925 443322
01925 444400 (out of hour emergencies)



There are numerous Care homes that provide care and support to persons living with Dementia.  These can also be accessed via Adult social care but more information is available here:  Care Homes

Support for carers is available from the local carers service –Wired which is based in the town centre. It is important that people who look after the person with dementia are fully supported in their caring role. Wired

Dementia Library

Catalyst Choices

Every Wednesday 9-5pm

Stockton Health Library

Alexandra Road

WA4 2N

Come along for friendly atmosphere fun and community focused.  Activities include. Chair based exercise, Quiz’s, film club, Dominoes, baking, music, computer, painting and physical activities.

Call Catalyst Choice on:

01925 202380 or

Dying well

People with dementia should be able to choose their preferred place of care, where symptoms are controlled and care is focused on ensuring comfort at end of life.  Support is available to have early discussions about a persons’ wishes and their plans for their end of life care.  The Care navigators with the Wellbeing service or Alzheimer’s society.

There is a list of Dementia Activities in the download section on the right hand side.


Healthy Ageing

It is widely recognised that people are living longer, due to both advances in medicine and the adoption of healthier lifestyles.  In Warrington, 20% of people are over 65years and the number of 80 year olds is projected to increase by 100% over the next 25 years.  It is therefore vital that as we age, we reap the benefits of living in a healthy, prosperous and socially inclusive life.

Here are 11 tops tips to Healthy ageing, to support people to do just that!  Each of the sections below contains advice, guidance and information on how to age well; covering a range of topics from financial planning to strength based exercises to keeping fit and prevent falls.

11 tops tips to ageing well….

1.    Flu jabs

2.    Winter months

3.    Keeping Active/Staying Strong and Fit 

 4.   Mental Health and Wellbeing - Keep Learning

5.    Health Check and Screening

6.    Eat a good healthy diet

7.    Regularly review your medication

8.     Involve yourself in the Community

9.     Check your benefit entitlement

10.    Keep Hydrated - take notice

11.    Independent Living

Ageing Well

As life expectancy rises, ageing becomes all the more important. Promoting the concept of healthy ageing involves people thinking about a number of key aspects of their life as they get older. For more information click the leaflet below.

Healthy ageing leaflet

Falls Prevention

Falls Prevention

Warrington has an ageing population and falls are the most common adverse event for the elderly population. 1 in 3 over 65’s and 1 in 2 over 80 year olds will fall at least once a year.

Warrington has a significant public health issue in relation to falls, particularly for those over 65 years being admitted to hospital with an injury. Falls are costly to the individual, the NHS and the social care system.

It is suggested that the psychological effects of falling can sometimes be more damaging than the physical injuries that someone may sustain. A fall may mean:

-          Fear of future falls

-          Loss of confidence

-          Restriction in activities

-          Social withdrawal and loneliness / depression

This can create a vicious circle where a person becomes more sedentary, this in turn will affect their muscle strength and balance, and consequently increase their risk of a fall. Therefore, fear of falling must be addressed when trying to prevent future falls.

Poor muscle strength and balance are the two most common modifiable risk factors for falls. Between the ages of 50 and 70, we lose about 30% of our muscle strength. As we age, our balance reaction times and reflexes become slower – so it is harder to regain balance.

Experts recommend per week for over 65 year olds:

150 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity (10 minute bouts) e.g. walking, gardening, dancing

2 x muscle-strengthening exercises

2 x balance and coordination activities.

8 top tips to stay well on your feet:

Exercise regularly (strength & balancing)

Check vision and hearing

Visit the GP if had a fall or worried about falling

Get medication checked

Look after your feet

Check the home for hazards

Eat well

Seek support for any continence issues.

Local Service Information:

Livewire: ‘Stay on Your Feet’ Exercise programme

Referral based exercise programme ran by Livewire that aims to:

-          Improve balance, muscle strength, & flexibility

-          Build the sustained engagement of older people in exercise

-          Reduce the risk of falling

Livewire also offer other exercise services.

Stay on your feet

University of 3rd Age (U3A)

Warrington U3A is part of a UK-wide movement that brings together people in their ‘third age’ to develop their interests and continue their learning in a friendly and informal environment.

U3A is all voluntary and members draw upon their knowledge and experience to teach and learn from each other.

Warrington U3A has around 1200 members and is home to over sixty activity groups including exercise sessions such as Tai-Chi, Latin dance, Line dancing, Badminton etc.

University 0f the Third Age

First Response Team (previously known as Access Social Care)

Provide a single point of access for all Social Service needs, and offer support to help people live independently within their own home through adaptations (pendant alarms). Pendant alarms can help prevent a long lie as a result of a fall and provide confidence to remain living in your own home.

Warrington Adult Social Care - First Response Team

 Community Rehab and Falls service   (NHS Bridgewater)

A multi-disciplinary team consisting of therapists and nurses who are responsible for the specialist assessment of people who have had, or are at risk of a fall but remain at home.

Rehab and Fall Service

 Age UK (Mid Mersey)

Age UK is a charitable organization that operates to promote and provide older people with a holistic range of health, wellbeing and care services to allow individuals more choice and control in their everyday lives.

- Home help service

Warrington Home Improvement Agency (WHiA)

Is a non-profit advisory service for older, disabled or vulnerable people and families who own their own homes or live in private rented accommodation and wish to repair, improve or adapt their homes.

Home Improvemnent Agency

Warrington Public Health

The Public Health (PH) team commissions, supports and provides information on a range of public health and wellbeing issues. You can view lots of information and find out about activities and services available in Warrington, specifically Healthy Ageing information and advice by visiting their website.

Public Health

CGL pathways to recovery

Pathways to Recovery is a free and confidential drug and alcohol service for adults in Warrington. They operate an open access service where you can walk in to talk to someone or alternatively speak to your GP who can refer you.

Pathways to recovery

Lifetime Centre

Lifetime is an independent, not for profit centre and free to join. The centre is open weekdays for casual drop in’s, information, computer suite, café facilities and a wide programme of affordable activities and classes including arts/crafts, health and fitness and music and dance. 

Activities for 50+

Warrington Disability Partnership (WDP)

WDP is an independent, user led, charity that offers a wide range of mobility and independent living services. WDP operates from the Warrington Centre for Independent Living which is set out with practical displays of hundreds of daily living aids: 3 and 4 wheel walkers, perching and shower stools, bath boards, helping hands grabbers etc. 

WDP also operates the Smart Flat, which offers working displays of assistive technology. Information, advice and guidance is available on Direct Payments, Personal Health Budgets and Payroll services.

Warrington Disability Partnership

Talking Matters Warrington – CBT for fear of falling

Offer an Exposure-Based Cognitive Behavioural approach for after fall injury for those at risk of further falling due to increased anxiety or those experiencing low mood or trauma following a fall.

Talking Matters

GP Surgeries

Warrington GP Practices    
Name Address 1 Address 2 Postcode Telephone No. 
Folly Lane Medical Centre Folly Lane Bewsey WA5 0LU 01925 417247
Guardian Medical Centre Guardian Street   WA5 1UD 01925 650226
Springfields Medical Centre Bath Street Health & Wellbeing Centre Legh Street WA1 1UG 01925 843880
Causeway Medical Centre 166-170 Wilderspool Causeway   WA4 6QA 01925 630282
Fearnhead Cross Medical Centre 25 Fearnhead Cross Fearnhead WA2 0HD 01925 847000
Padgate Medical Centre 12 Station Road Padgate WA2 0RX 01925 815333
Birchwood Medical Centre 15 Benson Road Birchwood WA3 7PJ 01925 823502
Greenbank Surgery 274 Manchester Road   WA1 3RB 01925 631132
The Surgery 280 Manchester Road   WA1 3RB 01925 230022
Holes Lane Medical Centre 28 Holes Lane Woolston WA1 4NE 01925 599855
Helsby Street Medical Centre 2 Helsby Street   WA1 3AW 01925 637304
Fairfield Surgery 278 Manchester Road   WA1 3RB 01925 245204
Westbrook Medical Centre 301/302 Westbrook Centre Westbrook WA5 8UF 01925 654152
Chapleford Health Plus Burtonwood Road Great Sankey WA5 3AN 01925 598230
Penketh Health Centre Honiton Way Penketh WA5 2EY 01925 725644
Stockton Heath Medical Centre The Forge, London Road Stockton Heath WA4 6HJ 01925 604427
The Stretton Branch Surgery 45 Dudlow Green Road Appleton WA4 5EQ 01925 599136
Stretton Medical Centre 5 Hatton Lane Stretton WA4 4NE 01925 599586
Latchford Medical Centre Thelwall Lane Latchford WA4 1LI 01925 637508
Brookfield Surgery Whitbarrow Road Lymm WA13 9DB 01925 756969
Lakeside Surgery Lakeside Road Lymm WA13 0QE 01925 755050
Culcheth Medical Centre Jackson Avenue Culcheth WA3 4DZ 01925 765101
Eric Moore Partnership Medi-Centre, 1 Tanners Lane   WA2 7LY 01925 843883
Parkview Medical Centre Orford Jubilee Health Centre, Jubilee Way Orford WA2 8HE 01925 843641
Four Seasons Medical Centre Orford Jubilee Health Centre, Jubilee Way Orford WA2 8HE 01925 843843
Cockhedge Medical Centre 7 Cockhedge Way, Cockhedge Shopping Centre   WA1 2QQ 01925 244655
Dallam Lane Medical Centre 20 Dallam Lane   WA2 7NG 01925 572334

Every Mind Matters - national mental health campaign

We don’t need to wait until we’re struggling with our mental health, there are lots of things we can do to protect ourselves and prevent problems escalating, just as we do with our physical health. The national mental health campaign Every Mind Matters suggests simple steps we can take to look after our mental health and wellbeing.

The Every Mind Matters website:

  • offers a range of useful resources to help us spot signs of common mental health concerns
  • provides practical self-care tips and guidance
  • explains when to seek further support

The website also has a free NHS-approved online tool “Your Mind Plan”. You can use this to build an action plan, which could help you to deal better with stress and anxiety, boost your mood, improve your sleep and feel more in control.

To learn more about looking after your mental health and wellbeing, or to create your own action plan, visit:

In addition to visiting the national Every Mind Matters website, you could take a look at This Warrington site has information about local mental wellbeing resources, as well as details of a wide range of local mental health support services.

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