Norman’s Notes – January 2018

Normans Notes

Norman Webster, Town and District Councillor for Mid Sussex and Cabinet Member for Community updates us this month.

Many businesses have been challenged by staff sickness over recent weeks so I thought I would begin 2018 with some Wellbeing advice.

The Wellbeing Service

Mid Sussex Wellbeing Hub is a “one-stop-shop” for health and wellbeing services for adults and families. It provides signposting, guidance and advice to local people and is a valuable source of information.  All of the members of the Wellbeing Team are well qualified, and work one to one with clients to provide non-medical wellbeing advice. Motivational interviewing techniques are used to support people with complex health and wellbeing issues to make long term lifestyle changes.

The team visit many workplaces with over 300 staff members completing a health MOT in recent months. A strong benefit of the Workplace Health service is that the team see a high percentage of male workers; many of the age that don’t ever visit a doctor.

  •  All MOT clients received signposting and expert advice based on what they wanted to discuss about their health and wellbeing.  
  • 68 clients received further support for their wellbeing.
  • Top 3 services delivered include one to one support from Coaches or Wellbeing advisors for exercise support, GP referral where medical intervention was required or exploring other options such as quit smoking support.


The businesses we visit: Small/medium workplaces with less than 15 employees to large corporate organisations who employ large workforces.


Wellbeing talks: These are tailored based on general interest from a previous Wellbeing MOT visit or through employer requests and include Nutritional Awareness, Relaxation and Breathing or Exercise Awareness using SMART goal setting techniques.


Feedback is always very positive from employers and employees alike and the team are often asked to revisit to offer repeat services.


Mid Sussex Wellbeing would like to support more businesses in East Grinstead so please do contact or call 01444 477047 for more information.


Business Grants – Advanced Notice

MSDC is delighted to have secured additional funding for a second round of micro-business grants following the success of last year’s programme. Further details will be available in due course and we very much hope for a higher uptake from East Grinstead businesses. Watch this space!


Queen’s Walk Redevelopment

Revisions to the agreed planning application of May 2017 were agreed at a District Planning meeting yesterday afternoon. Apart from some technical matters there were revisions to the internal layout of apartments, the external appearance, size and bulk of the structure and additional parking.


Economic Development Officer Posts

MSDC is currently advertising for two Economic Development Officers to further build the team involved in implementation of the Economic Strategy.

Details of these and other vacancies can be found at:




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