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.
Sessions are approx 50 minutes long and each patient can have up to nine sessions.
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 Brian Seaman on 07951 244 280.
**Coming Soon** A selection of clothes available to people in need of a short-term solution – we don’t need people to be referred.
Open every Tuesday 9am – 1pm. For more information, contact email@example.com
**Coming Soon** The community fridge aims to reduce food wastage and provide a much-needed resource for the local community. We are working in partnership with Co-op and we will soon be able to receive donations for the fridge / freezer and can accept non-perishable items too.
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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 including the fantastic Birchwood Volunteer Health Champions. Ground works have started for an outdoor hut and garden room.
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, 10am – 2pm. For more information, contact Jill Douglas on 07850 180 046.
In partnership with MHA Communities East Surrey, we were pourd to be initial hosts for the club, offering Community-based support services for people living with dementia and their carers to improve their quality of life.
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.
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.
Find out more about the Mens Sheds initiative.
During the winter months, our building is open to the public as a warm hub. For Spring / Summer, we recommend visiting 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.
The group meet Thursday, 10am – 12pm. For more information, contact email@example.com
Women’s Wellbeing Sessions
The Women’s Wellbeing sessions are a calm space for women to get together – we often have facilitated discussions and tips from community partners.
The group meet every Friday, 12.30pm – 3pm. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org