Health and Wellbeing

Free bike servicing with Bike for Life at Bevendean health event
Free bike servicing with Bike for Life at Bevendean health event
Links to health and social inequalities are well known when working in communities, so TDC prioritises work on Health and  Wellbeing within the projects we support in our neighbourhoods and one-off projects..

The focus on health, wellbeing and resilience combined with a commitment to collaborative working is central to all of TDC’s community development work across Brighton & Hove, Sussex and beyond. Our health work includes a BME mental health and wellbeing project, a role promoting the take up of GP health checks, a Department of Health volunteering project and the facilitation of Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) Staff Seminars in High Weald Lewes and Havens. These provide extensive opportunities for TDC, CCG and other health services to link, reflect and plan together in offering services and support that take account of the diverse communities across Brighton and Hove

To see an in depth report on Health and Wellbeing in the local area please go to Tarner Health & Wellbeing Study

Building strong, healthy, inclusive communities across Sussex

More about our health and wellbeing work…
We believe that addressing health inequalities is at the heart of what we do. We involve people in identifying the health needs of their community and planning actions. See what we are doing on:
  •  reducing obesity and improving nutrition of those living on a reduced budget – supporting Food Banks, community gardens and cookery classes
  •  improving people’s wellbeing, sense of place and community –  green spaces, Craven Woods and parks
  •  improving wellbeing through reducing isolation, – working with BME communities and older people
  •  maintaining independence and keeping active– working with older people, disabilities and dementia: strolling, allotments, activities and outings
  •  improving health awareness and health checks –  outreach to improve health checks for cardiovascular disease, diabetes and dementia, amongst 40-75 year olds
  •  supporting young people’s physical and mental health –  working with young people through dance; summer playschemes; sports hub; bike club and Wild Park events
  •  increasing grassroots activity around health and wellbeing through the Healthy Neighbourhood Fund
  •  linking communities and providers city wide to improve access to services – working with services, PPGs

A Dementia Friendly Guide for Community Groups and Organisations

TDC has developed a Dementia Friendly Toolkit with community groups and organisations. The Guide was developed by talking to people with dementia and memory loss and their carers and organisations. We asked them “What would a dementia friendly community look like?” Based on their ideas, we worked with community groups to develop a draft toolkit which they piloted. We used their recommendations and case studies in the Guide.

This Guide is relevant to all of us. Your community, someone you know or some of you, are likely to face the challenges of dementia and memory loss.

There are around 800,000 men and women in the UK with dementia. It mainly affects people over the age of 65. One in 14 people in this age group have dementia. It is likely that this figure has been underestimated, as many do not have a diagnosis. The real number may be up to three times higher. (Alzheimer’s Society Fact Sheet).

How others respond to the person with dementia, and how supportive or enabling the person’s surroundings are, greatly affect how well someone can live with dementia.

Please take a look at our guide here: TDCs Dementia Friendly Guide

The project was funded by Brighton and Hove Clinical Commissioning Group.

Please contact Sue Sayers at or Katharine Trevelyan at for a hard copy of the Guide