Health & Wellbeing

The Health and Wellbeing Core Group meets to consider how we can best help the Church to be informed and involved in Health and Wellbeing withing Harlow.

Mental Health First Aid

We have recentely promoted a Mental Health First Aid course which over 10 people from local Churches attended along with others from the Community.  It was an excelant way of raising awareness about mental health issues and encouraging all of us to talk about mental helath and wellbeing.

Harlow Frontline

Harlow Frontline is an excelant source of local informaiton about health and wellbeing services offered accross the town.  People can be referred by professional or can self refer.  We are encouraging churches throughout the town to register with Harlow Frontline, both in terms of the 'spirtitual health' they cpontribute to as a church, but also the additional services that many of them provide, e.g. in running toddler groups, support for the elderley and other regular activities.  Take a look for yourself.

Permitted Development Rights (PDR) Properties

Harlow has over a thousand properties which have been devloped unde the 'Permitted Development Rights' legislation.  We are working with voluntary and statutory organisations in the town to see how we can contribute to the health and wellbeing of residents in these blocks and help them integrate into the local community.  For more infromation about PDR in Harlow email .

Health and Wellbeing Parnership Board

As well as the direct work of the Core Group, we have been represented at the Harlow Health & Wellbeing Partnership Board which includes a number of parners engaged in health & wellbeing in and around Harlow.  

In July 2018 we were invited to the launch of the Wellbing Strategy, click here to take a look at what it contained.

One Health & Care Partnership VCSE Group

We are represented on this important partnership group which includes Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust; Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust; NHS West Essex Clinical Commissioning Group and Essex County Council who are meeting with Volantary and Community Organisations and Social Partnership (VCSE) to explore areas of collaboration.

Click here for an introduction to the One Health and Care Partnership.

Voluntary Sector Forum

Rainbow Services facilitates the Harlow Voluntary Sector Forum which provides regular newsletters and meetings for discussion of relevant topics and networking.  

Hope 4 Harlow

Hope 4 Harlow brings together churches with a range of other partners to provide shelter for the homeless every night of the week throughout January and February.  If you would like to know more about volunteering then take a look at this information.  To offer your help please contact MartinHarris.


Following discussion at the Core Group meeting, it is clear that there are a number of people who are interested in exploring how the church can help support those struggeling with different form of addiction.  An intitial meeting will be orgniased over the coming months.  (Jan 19)

Doctors surgeries in Harlow have come together under two Primary Care Networks, to find out more, including which suregeries are included in each, click here. (September 2019)

Keep in touch

If you would like to keep in touch with the things the health & Wellbeing Group is associated with, then please subscribe to the Health and Wellbeing Mailing List.  Please would you also consider becoming a Community Link for your church.