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Living Well

Health and Wellbeing Board

The Health and Wellbeing Board is a partnership of people from different organisations in York who meet 4 times per year. Their meetings are open to the public to attend and they are also webcast. They work together to make improvements to the health and wellbeing of York residents.

The Health and Wellbeing Board:

  • understands the health and wellbeing needs of residents in York by producing a Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA)
  • agrees the health and wellbeing priorities for the city works to address these priorities.

Find out more about their responsibilities and membership by viewing the Health and Wellbeing Board Terms of Reference . An easy to read version of the Terms of Reference  is also available.

The Health and Wellbeing Board has produced a 5 year Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy which outlines its vision, aims and priorities. An easy to read version of the Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy is also available.

Each year the board also produces an annual report which highlights some of the work activities that have contributed to the delivery of the Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy.

Age Friendly York

York has joined the UK network of Age Friendly communities and is working towards gaining age friendly status from the World Health Organisation.

This move aims to help older people live healthy and active later lives, that they are happy and in good health living in their community. Being Age Friendly means that older residents are encouraged to become active citizens, shaping the place that they live in by working alongside local groups, council and businesses to identify and make changes to the physical and social environment they live in.

In York, this will be done by working towards improving how older people can travel, where they go to, how they can choose spend their time, how they access information, their home and also, services for older people.

Consultation is starting with “Your Journey” through your experience with walking and travel. The consultation can be found on We would really appreciate your comments as well as any York residents you work with.

 Who should fill it in:

  • You live in York and are an older person or have an interest in ensuring the best experience for people growing old in York
  • You work for an organisation that meets the interest of older people in York
  • You are part of a volunteer group that engages with older people
  • You are a carer or have a neighbour or relative that is an older person in York

If you would like paper copies please contact

Health Champions

Community Health Champions are people who, with training and support, voluntarily offer their skills and passion and make use of their community links to transform Health and Wellbeing in their neighbourhood. 

The Community Health Champions model is proving to be an effective way of reaching people and is making a real difference within communities. Champions are also influencing and shaping local services, increasing public participation, initiating community development opportunities whilst gaining new skills and knowledge.

Within their families, communities and workplaces Community Health Champions empower and motivate people to get involved in healthy social activities; create new activities to meet local needs; and signpost people to relevant community activities, and support. 

For more information on Community Health Champions including how to become a champion please contact

Useful Resources

City of York Council have useful information about:

Further information can be found on the City of York Council website

Walks & Cycling

For more information on walks, please go to   the  City of York Council website.

Cycling, cycling maps and routes can be found on the   Travel York website


Sports Directory for York can be found   on the  City of York Council website

Disability Sports Directory for York can be found on the   City of York Council website.

Last reviewed: 27/11/2019

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