A community space for all
In 2020, during the midst of the pandemic, we had the opportunity to bring new life to a disused building in the heart of Horley in Surrey. The two-storey building was initially used to host a Clinical Decision Unit, a vital resource in assessing patients during the pandemic and soon became home to the Alliance for Better Care, Healthy Horley Primary Care Network and Growing Health Together teams. All three shared the ambition to create a new community hub that would help to transform the way people manage their health in their community.
Since its launch, the venue has become home to many initiatives and we are proud of the positive impact that the space continues to have on people’s health and wellbeing.
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We offer a bereavement counselling service to Horley PCN patients in partnership with St Catherines Hospice. Patients are referred by their GP and invited to meet with a St Catherine’s volunteer counsellor to talk about what prompted them to take up bereavement counselling, how they are and how the team can support them.
The Birchwood Volunteer Health Champions welcome and support anyone who might need advice and a listening ear. The team have a wealth of practical advice, guidance and resources available to them – this includes supporting people to gain access to information online and also information for carers.
The group meet on the first Monday of every month. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Children and Young Persons Wellbeing Service
Supporting Children and Young people (CYP) and their families with mental health concerns at an earlier stage, helping them to navigate the system, and therefore prevent mental health conditions from escalating.
Our personalised care team work with young people and their families who have been referred to the service.
A year ago, this was an overgrown and unusable area and now the Community Garden is used all year round. Alliance for Better Care, Horley PCN and Growing Health Together staff continue to use the space for breaks, alongside all of the local groups who meet at the Horley Health Hub. The area has hosted a variety of events and is looked after by our regular volunteers.
An opportunity for women to unleash their creativity in the company of others. We’re always looking for new projects and supplies for this group of enthusiastic artists and crafts specialists.
Ladies meet once a fortnight on a Monday, 11am – 1pm. For more information, contact Jill Douglas on 07850 180 046.
We welcome a growing number of volunteers to our community garden every Friday. The team help to maintain the garden and the growing number of exciting projects. Our sessions are a safe space for people to also meet others and make new connections.
Growing Health Together
Growing Health Together invites people living and working in communities across East Surrey to collaborate, in order to co-create conditions in which everyone’s health and wellbeing can flourish. We’re proud founding partners for the initiative and are committed to ensuring that health and wellbeing exists outside of the formal health service, in the places we live. From walking groups, coffee mornings and mutual aid groups, through to our local parks, lakes and wild spaces, there is so much close at hand to support our wellbeing.
To find out more about the wide range of Growing Health Together Projects across Surrey, visit the website.
The Hub has hosted Health Check clinics for patients who may have difficulty accessing their GP services. In a relaxed setting, walk-in sessions provide the opportunity to receive vaccinations and access basic health checks including blood pressure, BMI and speak to someone about general wellbeing. The team are also able to signpost people to relevant services and support available at their local practice.
Level Up Gaming Cafe
Working in partnership with the team at Level Up, our Horley Health Hub gaming cafe is for 11 to 15 year-olds. Activities include Minecraft, Fortnite, Lego Mindstorms, coding, and 3D printing.
The Level Up Gaming Cafe sessions were held on Saturday 16th December, from 10am-12:30pm and 1pm-4pm.
Intergenerational Art Project
The Hub is proud to house the masterpieces created by the residents of Smallbrook Care Home and Horley Infant School as part of the Intergenerational Art Project. Visitors can see the pieces throughout the building.
Mens Sheds Project
A time to meet, pursue practical interests at leisure, to practice skills and enjoy making and mending. The difference is that garden sheds and their activities are often solitary in nature while Men’s Sheds is the opposite. This project is about social connections and friendship building, sharing skills and knowledge, and of course a lot of laughter.
The Men’s Sheds group will be meeting every Tuesday from 9am – 12pm and 4:30pm – 6pm, starting 1st August.
We have previously opened our building to the public as a warm hub. This winter, we recommend the Horley Community Centre located behind our building – for a place where people can drop-in, get warm, have a hot drink and be in the company of others.
The Women’s Group continues to run a variety of sessions designed to bring women together and have fun in a safe space. Sessions include crafts, gardening, IT and financial support advice. This group are very active in the community and always looking for ways to work with other local organisations including local faith groups and charities.
For more information, contact email@example.com
Youth Creative Arts Group
The Shed Sessions are designed for young people aged 15-19, offering a range of creative arts sessions including dance, music, song writing, poetry and painting.
These are currently closed sessions.