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Health and wellbeing

We are keen to encourage everyone in the district to lead active, healthy lives

If you live in the Shepway district and would like information on health matters, such as quitting smoking or getting a health check, please take a look at

To find out about local care, community and health support or advice, visit Kent Community Health Trust

For additional useful contact numbers for support services in Kent view the Live Well map

pdf icon Live Well Kent Wellbeing Map [1Mb]

If you're interested in eating well, moving more and improving your overall health, visit Change4Life or NHS Choices for practical advice.

Our health and wellbeing action plan

Our Healthier Shepway Action Plan identifies the following priorities for the local area:

  • preventing alcohol misuse
  • improving health and wellbeing at work increasing physical activity
  • helping people to stop smoking
  • reducing health inequalities in the district

If you're interested in improving your own health and wellbeing, you can focus on:

Healthy Business Awards

Health Business Awards is a Kent based initiative set up to help employers look after the health and wellbeing of their staff. The awards are for all businesses, no matter how big or small. If you would like to find out how to sign up for the awards
Or you can email Julie Bullass Project Officer, Kent Healthy Business Awards 

Stay healthy and active in Shepway

From parks, playgrounds and open spaces through to leisure and sports facilities, our services can help you to stay healthy and active.

Care navigators

If you (or the person you care for) are over 50 years old and want to stay independent in your own home, care navigators will help you. Care navigators can help with:

Visit Shepway Family Mosaic for further details

South Kent Coast Health and Wellbeing Strategy

The Health and Wellbeing Strategy has been produced by South Kent Coast Health and Wellbeing Board, which consists of members from Shepway District Council, Dover District Council, Kent Public Health, South Kent Coast Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and the voluntary sector.

The South Kent Coast Health and Wellbeing Strategy has identified the following six priorities (from the localised Kent Joint Strategic Needs Assessment):  

  • Priority 1: Tackling Health Inequalities
  • Priority 2: Urgent Care - Avoiding unnecessary hospital admissions
  • Priority 3: Supporting Children and Families
  • Priority 4: Healthy Living and Quality of Life (Prevention of Illness)
  • Priority 5: Improving Long-Term Conditions
  • Priority 6: Improving Mental Health and Wellbeing

Local Children's Partnership Group

Local Children's Partnership Groups have been established across Kent to strategically look at the health and wellbeing of children and young people. Shepway and Dover District Councils host a joint partnership group. Pan-Kent Children and Young People's Plan has identified four outcomes that take account of all aspects of a child's life, they are

  • Grow up in safe families & communities
  • Have good physical, mental & emotional health
  • Learn & have opportunities to achieve throughout their lives
  • Make safe & positive decisions