Independent Lives is mapping out local activities that are accessible to disabled people, and people with long-term health conditions, so do share your experiences with us.

Health and wellbeing boards 

A forum where key leaders from the health and care system work together. They aim to improve the health and wellbeing of their local population and reduce health inequalities. You can find more information about health and well-being boards and the remit of their work here. 

Healthwatch

Healthwatch West Sussex aims to help people who live in the county get the best out of their local health and social care services. It also runs walk-in services in Citizen Advice Bureau’s across the county.

Healthwatch Hampshire is a platform for local people to influence the delivery and design of local health services.  

What's on?

It’s Local Actually has a comprehensive list of searchable activities across Brighton and Hove, and beyond.

Small Good stuff has similar information across the whole country.

South Downs Leisure runs lots of different accessible indoor and outdoor classes in and around Worthing.

And Hampshire County Council has produced an extensive guide to accessible sports classes and activities across the county. 

Nationally, the English Federation for Disability Sport lists a huge range of sporting opportunities you can participate in across the country. You can search by location here.

Transport to hospital 

West Sussex County Council website has details on arranging transport to hospital.

Hampshire County Council has a searchable database of community transport including getting to hospital. 

Accessing Mental Health services

West Coastal Sussex Mind is a local mental health charity providing help and support to local people and their families in Shoreham, Worthing, Littlehampton, Bognor Regis, Midhurst and Chichester. 

Time to talk is a team of trained and supervised, psychological therapists who see patients in GP surgeries or community venues within the West Sussex area. 

Support for People with Learning Disabilities

Learning Disabilities Health Facilitation Team West Sussex is a team of nurses who specialise in supporting people with learning disabilities to access healthcare services.

Improving Health and Lives has published useful guidance on support for people with learning disabilities, when accessing healthcare services.

Discrimination / health inequalities

Citizens Advice Bureau has produced guidance on equality and discrimination in accessing healthcare services.

Free support for families using Education & Health Care Plans

Amaze Independent Support offers parents and young people extra advice and support while they go through the process of getting an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan.

Time to talk mental health service for long term health conditions (West Sussex)

This is a self referral mental health service, offering talking therapies, for those with the following long-term health conditions:

  • Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes.
  • A cardiac (heart) condition.
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary (lung) Disease (COPD).

To refer yourself to therapy, visit the website here.

Sexual Health resources

Bowel health