A new hub is set to launch next year to help improve the health and mental wellbeing of people across Wiltshire.
In January 2021, Wiltshire Council will launch the new Wiltshire Health Improvement Hub to support people in one to one sessions.
The new scheme is being launched off the back of the Health Trainer Service – which was launched in 2014 and has helped around 5,000 people to lose weight, quit smoking and reduce their alcohol intake.
A council spokesman said: “The Health Improvement Hub will be a single point of access for referrals to the Health Improvement Coaches, Healthy Me (child and family weight management service), and our new group adult weight management programme, Healthy Us, due to launch January 2021.”
Cllr Simon Jacobs, cabinet member for public health said: “Many people have struggled with their mental health in recent months due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
“In response we are refocussing the current health trainer service and launching the Health Improvement Coaches service, so that we can better support the residents of Wiltshire.
“The new service will support mental wellbeing by giving clients practical tools and advice which will assist behaviour change and improve their health.
“For example, supporting a client to eat more healthily or reduce their alcohol intake to support their mental wellbeing.
“Or practical behaviour change support for low mood, reducing stress or anxiety.
“Coaches will also continue to offer 1-2-1 stop smoking support and 1-2-1 weight management support.
“Our Health Improvement Coaches will offer one-to-one support for six one-hour sessions, the sessions are carried out by telephone or virtually and when safe to do so they will be offered as a face to face session. This service will be available to over 18s and is free.”