Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Healthy Places and Communities

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Air Quality

Air pollution is associated with a range of health conditions, in particular respiratory and cardiovascular conditions. Air quality is everyone’s business. This is reflected in the council’s approach. Public Health are part of a Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council steering group which will shape work around air quality in the future.

Air quality is high on Public Health England’s agenda, for more information please see the Public Health Matters blog for more information.


Better Health at Work Award

The Better health at Work Award recognises the efforts of employers who address health issues within the workplace. The award scheme is free, flexible and open to all employers in the North East and Cumbria, regardless of size, location or type of business. Many organisations already promote healthy lifestyles and consider the health of their employees; this award will recognise this achievement and help organisations move forward in a structured way.

If you are interested in the award, please don’t hesitate to contact our Better Health at Work team on 01642 526569 or 528802.


Fuel Poverty

The Warm Homes Healthy People scheme finished for winter on 31 March 2019. We hope to have the scheme available once more from 1 October 2019 and details will be published on this page over the coming months.

Although the services described below are not available during the summer months, we recognise that support for affordable warmth is often still required.

If you, or someone you know, requires advice and guidance then please contact Stockton District Advice and Information Service (the Citizens Advice Bureau) on 01642 633877 or visit the Stockton District Advice and Information Service website.

If you require Emergency Heating outside at any time please contact Cleveland Fire on their 24 hours contact helpline on 01429 874063.

What is Warm Homes Healthy People?

Cold weather can have a serious impact on health and make people more vulnerable to pneumonia, heart attacks, strokes and depression. Keeping warm and healthy during cold weather can help keep illness away.

If you are any of the following are:

  • Over 75.
  • In receipt of disability benefits.
  • Have a long term illness made worse by the cold.
  • Live with a child (under 5) who has a long term illness made worse by the cold. 

We can help with:

  • Emergency heating.
  • Energy debt advice and welfare benefits advice and assistance.
  • Home handyman service – which can assist with modest energy efficiency measures or minor repairs.
  • We also offer wider advice and support to help keep you healthy and more able to cope with cold weather. 


Physical Activity

Physical activity is an essential building block for living a healthy life. Physical activity can improve mental wellbeing, reduce stress, increase fitness and be a great way to meet new people. With growing rates of obesity across all ages it is more important than ever to increase the number of people who are physically active. There is a whole wealth of physical activity opportunities for all groups and all ages across the whole of the Borough. 

Sporting Chance: The project delivers a broad range of free activities for older men; including football sessions, circuit training, healthy cooking classes, aquasize, Nordic walking, weight management classes and reminiscence sessions. In an evaluation of the service, 100% of respondents felt happier in themselves, 98% made new friends, 83% had begun to eat a healthier diet, 75% lost weight and 42% visited the doctor less frequently.

The Hub is the UK’s first active travel and cycle parking centre. They offer free information and advice on all aspects of cycling and walking, with regular guided rides and walks, and training courses on cycle maintenance and on road cycling.


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