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Ready to make some changes?

Living Well is here to support you when living and feeling well feels too tough to tackle alone.

We’re for people living in Rochdale, Heywood, Middleton and the Pennines who want to improve their health and wellbeing by stopping smoking, losing weight, getting more active, dealing with long-term ill-health linked to everyday living and much more. We can even help if you just want to feel better about life but don’t know where to start.

Whatever lifestyle change you want to make, take the first step and get in touch with Living Well.

Living Well is a partnership of services delivered by the Big Life group with Link4Life and commissioned by Rochdale Borough Council who work together to help tackle the main causes of long-term ill-health in the borough linked to lifestyle choice.

Access:

Phone, use our online referral form or email us.

Age:

While most services are for adults we do have some services for children and young people too

Opening times:

Office hours: 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. Some of our services are able to offer appointments outside these times.

Cost:

Most services are free. But if there are any charges, we will explain these in advance.

Access this service

Address:

Lock 50
Oldham Road
Rochdale
OL16 5RD

Phone Number:

01706 751190

Stopping smoking isn’t just about will-power!

A bit of support can make all the difference. That’s why our Stop Smoking Service offers one-to-one support in a way that suits you and the changes you want to make. That includes in the evening, over the phone and on video calls.

GPs, pharmacists and community organisations can put you in touch with us and we also work closely with a number of local pharmacists to improve access to stop smoking support.

Stop Smoking Advisors

Our professional stop smoking advisers will help you understand what triggers you to smoke, how to cope with cravings and offer practical support with things like nicotine replacement options, so you can cut back, stop and make it stick.

Health Trainers

Like stop smoking advisers, our health trainers will help you understand what triggers you to smoke, how to cope with cravings and offer practical support with things like nicotine replacement options, so you can cut back, stop and make it stick. Working with you closely for up to six weeks, Health Trainers can also help you make other healthy lifestyle changes at the same time.

Coaches

Feel like there’s a lot you want to change so you need a bit more time?

Stopping smoking gets a lot tougher when it’s tied up with lots of other things going on in your life. That’s why our Living Well coaches can offer longer-term one-to-one support with a range of worries so you make weight loss lifestyle changes that last. This can include support with:

  • reaching a healthy weight
  • eating more healthily
  • being more active
  • giving up smoking
  • drinking sensibly
  • dealing with long term ill-health linked to everyday living
  • feeling better about life

Working one-to-one or in a group, they can support you for up to a year – keeping you motivated and on track as you move towards a happier, healthier life.

When you get in touch we can make an appointment for you at one of a range of local community venues – all at a time and place to suit you.

Workplace health and wellbeing

Why not develop the knowledge and understanding of your workforce by empowering them to make more informed choices about their health and wellbeing?

Our brief intervention training sessions last 1 hour, covering stopping smoking, healthy eating, getting more active and alcohol awareness.

Oral Health

Around two in every three mouth cancers are linked to smoking. And four out of five people have no idea what the signs and symptoms are.

Our Oral Health Team can offer you one-to-one support when you’re struggling with your oral health and can refer on to dental services in the community and at home.

They also work closely with health and care professionals so they can help improve oral health and spot the signs of ill health that first show up in the mouth.

There’s no one way to lose weight.

That’s why we offer a comprehensive range of support to suit you, no matter where you are starting from.

Health Trainers

Our health trainers offer six free one-to-one support sessions to help you reach a healthier weight. Not only that they can help you with healthy eating, getting more active, drinking less or long term ill-health linked to everyday living if these are getting in the way.

Everyone they see for the first time gets a health MOT covering blood pressure, heart rate and body mass index measurements and you can choose to meet at one of our range of local community venues.

Health Trainers are also happy to work with community groups and get involved in supporting new groups.

Coaches

Feel like there’s a lot you want to change so you need a bit more time?

Weight loss gets a lot tougher when it’s tied up with lots of other things going on in your life. That’s why our Living Well coaches are able to offer longer term one-to-one support with a range of worries so you make weight loss lifestyle changes that last. This can include support with:

  • reaching a healthy weight
  • eating more healthily
  • being more active
  • giving up smoking
  • drinking sensibly
  • dealing with long term ill-health linked to everyday living
  • feeling better about life

Working one-to-one or in a group, they can support you for up to a year – keeping you motivated and on track as you move towards a happier, healthier life.

When you get in touch we can make an appointment for you at one of a range of local community venues – all at a time and place to suit you.

Excercise Referral Scheme

Too worried about your weight to get more active?

Getting a bit more active can be a big boost to your weight loss goals. And there’s lots of centres, gyms and classes around the borough to help. But if you’re worried about a long term condition or just not exercised in a while you might not feel they are for you.

That’s where our Exercise Referral Scheme comes in.

Over this exciting twelve week programme you will get personalised support from an exercise referral officer who will:

  • carry out a health and lifestyle assessment
  • discuss a range of no or low cost activities you might enjoy at leisure centres and community centres throughout the Borough
  • check regularly on your progress and review options

It’s for anyone aged 16 or over who is currently not exercising and would benefit from a structured 12 week personal exercise programme.

WISE Choices

Sometimes the relationship between weight and lifestyle gets seriously complicated, right? Bringing all sorts of serious health worries with it, right here and now.

Wise choices is for anyone with a BMI of 25-35. Run by our Healthy Lifestyles Team, WISE Choices puts their wealth of expertise in nutrition and weight management in your hands.

It gives you the tools to build a healthier lifestyle in just 12 weekly group sessions.

Walk And Talk Health Walks

When you’re trying to get more active to reach or stay a healthy weight you don’t have to go in somewhere, you can come out to play too!

Living Well’s Walk and Talk Health Walks are short, weekly walks that give you the chance to stretch your legs and have a chat as you enjoy the wonderful countryside your doorstep.

Led by trained volunteers, the health walks are free, friendly and fun. Fancy walking clothing is not required, just a flat pair of shoes with grips and a coat to protect you from bad weather.

Here are more details about walks near you and joining them. Or just give us a call.

Community and workplace support

Fresh for schools

Our Healthy Lifestyles Team takes exercise and nutrition into the school classroom during this 4 week programme.

Schools, just get in touch for more details.

Community Health and Wellbeing sessions

We run short workshops across the Rochdale borough to provide you with a wealth of information on making small changes in your life which could have a huge positive impact on your health. The workshops cover:

  • Five Ways to Wellbeing: Connect, Be active, Take notice, Keep learning, Give
  • healthy eating
  • confidence and assertiveness
  • how to sleep better
  • how to identify stress.

We also deliver ‘train the trainer’ sessions so that local businesses can provide these wellbeing workshops internally.

Get in touch for details of your nearest session.

Workplace health and wellbeing sessions

Why not develop the knowledge and understanding of your workforce by empowering them to make more informed choices about their health and wellbeing?

Our brief intervention training sessions last 1 hour, covering nutrition, exercise, smoking cessation and alcohol awareness.

To have a brief intervention training session for frontline workers or employees, just give us a call.

Oral health

Eating too many sugary things doesn’t just pile on the pounds, it also  increases the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, some cancers, and tooth decay. Yet there are many simple swops that can dramatically cut the amount of sugar we eat daily.

Our Oral Health Team can offer you one-to-one support when you’re struggling with your oral health and can refer on to dental services in the community and at home.

They also work closely with health and care professionals so they can help improve oral health and pass on ideas for cutting the sugar in our diets and preventing tooth decay.

Want to get more active? Let us help show you the way

Whatever you want to do to build a healthier lifestyle – whether it’s stopping smoking, losing weight or feeling better in yourself – getting more active can play a big part in it. What’s more, it doesn’t need money, time or fancy gear. There are loads of ways of getting more active at home or in your community.

Let us help you find a way that suits you.

Health Trainers

Our health trainers offer six free one-to-one support sessions to help you get more active. Not only that they can help you with healthy eating, reaching a healthier weight, drinking less or long term ill-health linked to everyday living if these are getting in the way.

Everyone they see for the first time gets a health MOT covering blood pressure, heart rate and body mass index measurements and you can choose to meet at one of our range of local community venues.

Health Trainers are also happy to work with community groups and get involved in supporting new groups.

Coaches

Feel like there’s a lot you want to change besides getting more active?

Becoming more active gets a lot tougher when it’s tied up with lots of other things going on in your life. That’s why our Living Well coaches are able to offer longer term one-to-one support with a range of worries so you make weight loss lifestyle changes that last. This can include support with:

  • reaching a healthy weight
  • eating more healthily
  • being more active
  • giving up smoking
  • drinking sensibly
  • dealing with long term ill-health linked to everyday living
  • feeling better about life

Working one-to-one or in a group, they can support you for up to a year – keeping you motivated and on track as you move towards a happier, healthier life.

When you get in touch we can make an appointment for you at one of a range of local community venues – all at a time and place to suit you.

Excercise Referral Scheme

Get active with one-to-one support over 12 weeks

Not exercised for a while? Too worried about your weight to get more active? Got a long term condition? Our Exercise Referral Scheme is for you.

Over this exciting twelve week programme you will get personalised support from an exercise referral officer who will:

  • carry out a health and lifestyle assessment
  • discuss a range of no or low cost activities you might enjoy at leisure centres and community centres throughout the Borough
  • check regularly on your progress and review options

It’s for anyone aged 16 or over who is currently not exercising and would benefit from a structured 12 week personal exercise programme.

Walk And Talk Health Walks

When you’re trying to get more active you don’t have to go in somewhere, you can come out to play too!

Living Well’s Walk and Talk Health Walks are short, weekly walks that give you the chance to stretch your legs, have a chat as you go and enjoy the wonderful countryside your doorstep.

Led by trained volunteers, the health walks are free, friendly and fun. Fancy walking clothing is not required, just a flat pair of shoes with grips and a coat to protect you from bad weather.

Here are more details about walks near you and joining them. Or just give us a call.

Community and workplace support

Fresh for schools

Our Healthy Lifestyles Team takes exercise and nutrition into the school classroom during this 4 week programme.

Schools, just get in touch for more details.

Community Health and Wellbeing sessions

We run short workshops across the Rochdale borough to provide you with a wealth of information on making small changes in your life which could have a huge positive impact on your health. The workshops cover:

  • Five Ways to Wellbeing: Connect, Be active, Take notice, Keep learning, Give
  • healthy eating
  • confidence and assertiveness
  • how to sleep better
  • how to identify stress.

We also deliver ‘train the trainer’ sessions so that local businesses can provide these wellbeing workshops internally.

Get in touch for details of your nearest session.

Workplace health and wellbeing sessions

Why not develop the knowledge and understanding of your workforce by empowering them to make more informed choices about their health and wellbeing?

Our brief intervention training sessions last 1 hour, covering nutrition, exercise, smoking cessation and alcohol awareness.

To have a brief intervention training session for frontline workers or employees, just give us a call.

For healthy lifestyle changes to last, it’s not just be about your physical health. Taking care of how you’re feeling about life in general can be just as important.

All the support we offer is geared to building on your strengths and feeling good about life – that’s just part of our DNA. But we also help out in those times you’re feeling a bit low, alone or facing barriers that go beyond your health.

Coaches

Living Well coaches offer longer term one-to-one support to help people make positive health and wellbeing lifestyle changes that last. This can include:

  • being more active
  • eating healthily
  • weight management
  • stopping and reducing smoking
  • drink sensibly
  • dealing with long term ill-health linked to everyday living
  • improving motivation, self-esteem, and confidence.

Building on your strengths, coaches can work alongside you for up to 12 months to help them create your own path to a healthier, happier lifestyle. Our approach is tailored to you, builds motivation and confidence and gives you the tools you need to take control and make lasting lifestyle changes.

While working with you, coaches can also draw upon the wide range of specialist support within the wider Living Well team and beyond. For example, we work closely with Thinking Ahead (for low mood, anxiety) to prevent relapse by making onward referrals and supporting people whilst they are awaiting an assessment or after they have completed their work with Thinking Ahead. On the steps to change, coaches also help people to tap into the community support available through Living Well and across the borough.

Chatters

Our chatters offer a listening ear to anyone in the borough who wants to take a break, let go of a worry or just chat – about anything!

Just give us a call and get ready for a gab.

Community Champions

Community Champions are volunteers offering one-to-one support to overcome barriers that get in the way of living a healthier life.

This could be things like finding work, getting the benefits you are entitled to, budgeting and making the most out of your money, improving skills in reading, writing and maths, computer skills, overcoming mental health issues, and much more. Some have skills they can offer because of their training or profession others are “expert by experience”. All are committed to helping you make your life better.

Volunteering and training

Want to give something back and create opportunities to change your own life?

We have a range of volunteering and other opportunities available including placements and training. Through our partnerships with other Rochdale organisations, we share opportunities to help to deliver services, create community projects and support people in our communities.

We work to the ‘Investors in Volunteers’ quality standards and value the huge contribution, expertise, commitment and kindness of people who want to volunteer to help others. We take our responsibilities for supporting volunteers seriously and offer a structured package of induction and supervision for our volunteers.

We have a number of roles available so for more information on volunteering or to share ideas on how you would like to work with us to help you or your community, just get in touch.

Walk And Talk Health Walks

Living Well Rochdale’s Walk and Talk Health Walks are short, weekly walks that give you the chance to stretch your legs, have a chat as you go and enjoy the wonderful countryside your doorstep.

Led by trained volunteers, the health walks are free, friendly and fun. Fancy walking clothing is not required, just a flat pair of shoes with grips and a coat to protect you from bad weather.

Here are more details about walks near you and joining them. Or just give us a call.

Community and Workplace sessions

Connect 5

This one day course that gives you lots of tools and great tips to increase your knowledge, understanding and awareness of practising good mental wellbeing. It’s an opportunity to develop new skills that empower you to take proactive steps to build your own resilience on the path to positive mental wellbeing.

Connect 5 has been developed by a unique partnership of academic, clinical and public mental health experts based in Greater Manchester. The program has also been designed to enable anyone to support change in their day to day conversations with people.

Contact us for course dates.

Community Health and Wellbeing sessions

We run short workshops across the Rochdale borough to provide you with a wealth of information on making small changes in your life which could have a huge positive impact on your health. The workshops cover:

  • Five Ways to Wellbeing: Connect, Be active, Take notice, Keep learning, Give
  • healthy eating
  • confidence and assertiveness
  • how to sleep better
  • how to identify stress.

We also deliver ‘train the trainer’ sessions so that local businesses can provide these wellbeing workshops internally.

Get in touch for details of your nearest session.

Workplace health and wellbeing sessions

Why not develop the knowledge and understanding of your workforce by empowering them to make more informed choices about their health and wellbeing?

Our brief intervention training sessions last 1 hour, covering nutrition, exercise, smoking cessation and alcohol awareness.

To have a brief intervention training session for frontline workers or employees, just give us a call.

 

Moving to a healthier lifestyle can be about more than you, we can support your children and family too.

Childrens Sessions

Henry

Henry healthy weight sessions give you the tools you need to look after the health, exercise and nutrition of your under 5s. Each course lasts eight weeks. Get in touch to find out when the next place is available. Sessions held at Sandbrook Children’s Centre & Heybrook Children’s centre.

Energy Club

Energy Club healthy weight sessions help children aged 5-12 learn how to use exercise and nutrition reach a healthier weight

Fresh

We take living well into the classroom with a 4 week exercise and nutrition programme run by our Healthy Lifestyles Team for schoools.

Family Sessions

Family-friendly Healthy Living Sessions

Run by our Healthy Lifestyles Team these sessions help the whole family tap into their wealth of expertise in nutrition and weight management.

Family Cooking

Add some health magic to mealtimes with these family cooking sessions. Call us to find out when the next place is available.

Oral Health

The Living Well Rochdale Oral Health team work in partnership with local early years providers, schools and health professionals to improve you and your family’s oral health. This includes:

Tooth time

Our oral health team and local nurseries and schools have joined forces to encourage children to look after their teeth and brush them regularly and effectively. Children’s early years settings receive dental packs to encourage good oral health at home.

Schools, just get in touch for more information.

Supporting professionals in schools and care

Our oral health team provide update training sessions in oral health for health professionals, care workers and staff in educational settings. Get in touch for more information.

We also provide a home visit service for vulnerable people and can refer on to community and domiciliary dental services.

Long-term conditions like heart disease, diabetes and arthritis can have a huge impact on our lives.

We can help you make a wide range of lifestyle changes that can help you reduce the impact of or even prevent a long-term condition so you can make the most of life.

Health Trainers

Our health trainers offer six free one-to-one support sessions to help you with a whole range of healthy lifestyle changes that can reduce the impact of long-term conditions on your life. These range from stopping smoking, healthy eating and getting more active to drinking less and feeling better about life.

Everyone they see for the first time gets a health MOT covering blood pressure, heart rate and body mass index measurements and you can choose to meet at one of our range of local community venues.

Health Trainers will point you to services in your community to support you long-term. They are happy to work with community groups and get involved in supporting new groups too.

Health Coaches

Living with a long-term condition is very challenging. Coaches are here for you when you feel like there’s a lot you want to change and you need a bit more time.

Our Living Well coaches can offer longer-term one-to-one support with a range of worries so you make lifestyle changes that last. This can include support with:

  • reaching a healthy weight
  • eating more healthily
  • being more active
  • giving up smoking
  • drinking sensibly
  • feeling better about life

 

Working one-to-one or in a group, they can support you for up to a year – keeping you motivated and on track as you move towards a happier, healthier life. They will point you to services in your community to support you in the longer term as well.

When you get in touch we can make an appointment for you at one of a range of local community venues – all at a time and place to suit you.