Together we Speak Louder


Our ambition at Healthwatch West Sussex is to make local health and social care services better for people that use them. We are here to listen, take action and influence positive change for local people living in West Sussex. We welcome opportunities to work in partnership with Community and Voluntary organisations within West Sussex to ensure that more peoples voice is heard to help shape local health and care services.

Healthwatch West Sussex Community Fund
Healthwatch West Sussex is excited to announce the launch of our Community Fund awards of up to £500 for local community and voluntary groups that contribute to improving people’s health and wellbeing experiences.  We aim to gather insight into people’s health and social care experiences with a view to influencing future improvements.  For more information and how to apply please follow this link

Awards made:

  1. My Sisters House – for the project ‘Mothers Apart’. (peer support sessions)
  2. Selsey Community Forum – for the project ‘Selsey Care Shop’. (capturing experiences)
  3. Home Start Arun, Worthing and Adur – Engaging with mums with children under 5
  4. CREATE – Young people connecting to the wider community and to identify the needs of local young people within Aldwick, Pagham and Bersted.
  5. Sussex Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes (SEDS) (Crawley and Mid-Sussex) – Aim to raise awareness of SEDS and to enable people to come together and share experiences so that together they have a louder voice.
  6. Southwater Methodist Church – Engagement capturing experiences from attendees of the Happiness Course in the Autumm
  7. COPD Support Group East Grinstead – Engagement, raising awareness and capturing experiences project
  8. Friends of Henfield Surgery – Engagement, capturing experiences from attendees of the Henfield Mental Health and Wellbeing Event
  9. REAL Patient Group – Engagement, capturing experiences from attendees of the public meeting in Littlehampton in October
  10. JUNO Project – Capturing insight and support needs from young girls ages 14-16 years
  11. Phoenix Stroke Club – Engagement, raising awareness and capturing experiences project
  12. UK Harvest – Surplus Suppers Events, to raise awareness and capture experiences from attendees.
  13. Arundel Surgery Community Association – engagement, capturing experiences from attendees of the public meeting
  14. Crawley Town Community Foundation – Raising awareness and capturing experiences for attendees of Crawley Town Football Club Move the Goal Post project
  15. Westergate Leisure Center – Capturing experiences and raising awareness with the Cardiac Rehabilitation project

Examples of partnership collaborations:

We continue to work collaboratively on several topics including our listening tours and engagement.  This is having a positive impact on the number and quality of stories we collect.



Community Based Solutions Consortia – Healthwatch West Sussex are part of a consortia of Community Organisation Chief Execs (including Aldingbourne Trust, 4Sight, Independent Lives, Age UK West Sussex, Carers Support, Sussex Oakleaf, Independent Lives and Crossroad Care).  The agreement of the West Sussex County Council Voluntary Community Partnership Principles has been signed.  (click here to read more).   A significant collaborative event is being planned for later in 2018.



Reading Well helps people to understand and manage their health and wellbeing using self-help reading. The books are all recommended by health experts, as well as people with living with the conditions covered.

The books are available free to borrow in West Sussex libraries; there are currently four book lists available Reading Well for mental health, Reading Well for dementia, Reading Well for young people and Reading Well for long term conditions.

People can be recommended a title by a health professional, or they can visit your local library and self-refer from a curated list of quality-assured, evidence-based tiles.

The programme is endorsed by a wide range of professional health bodies including Public Health England, NHS England and The Royal College of GPs. Visit the Reading Well website to see all of the supporting health partners.



 Midhurst Parish church monthly friendship teas provide an opportunity for young and older people to chat to each other (cross generation conversations) for mutual benefit.  This is a model that fits well with the Royal College of General Practitioners – tackling loneliness – a Community Action plan.  working in partnership with Midhurst Parish Church, who run the Midhurst Foodbank, to capture users’ stories.  A case study has been published, click here to read more.



The Disability Trust A project to develop jointly co-produced Health Discussion Aid Tools.





West Sussex 4Sight Vision Support (Nik Demetriades, CEO) –has recruited two Chichester University Interns to study the quality of patient experiences as they journey through the Eye Clinics in St Richard’s and Worthing Hospitals. Consumer feedback highlights this is an ongoing area of concern. The new interns have received training to act as authorised Healthwatch West Sussex Representatives. The project will result in a collaborative report of findings on project completion (forecast Autumn 2018).



Pathfinder continues to develop.  The Healthwatch West Sussex People with Lived Experience has now completed their involvement and provided Pathfinder’s leaders with formal, written feedback which has been well-received. We continue to support the vital work of this partnership as it continues to evolve.



Local Community Networks – Coastal West Sussex CCG

Healthwatch have been commissioned by Coastal CCG to support the development of the eight Local Community Networks. This project is now nearing completion with a final report being prepared.

Better Births Programme

Having been invited to take part in a System Leadership project led by The Kings Fund, we are had meetings with the Better Births Local Maternity System (LMS) programme leadership team with a view to greater involvement of the community and voluntary sector in this programme. We were delighted to give an overview of the LMS and Healthy Child Programme to the July Health & Wellbeing Board.



Click on logos for more information or to discuss partnership working please contact Cheryl Berry, Partnership Coordinator: Mobile: 07966 529756 Email: [email protected]