Health and Wellbeing

Defibrillators in Alcester- Do you know where the nearest defibrillator is? Speed is essential! Defibrillators are available at the following locations.

WARM HUBS IN ALCESTER– The cost of heating our homes is going to soar this winter so new ‘warm hubs’ are springing up across the country where people can go and get cosy. Warm hubs are where people can drop in, get warm, have a hot drink and be in the company of other people. Alcester is taking part in this initiative, and we currently have the following Warm Hubs, although more will be added in the future so watch this space!!

Mondays-  10am- 12noon at the Our Lady & St Joseph Catholic Church Hall and 2- 4pm Alcester Library

Tuesdays– 10am- 2pm at Alcester Methodist Church and 9am- 12pm at Orangemabel (Chatty Café scheme)

Wednesdays– 9.30am- 11.30am at Alcester Baptist Church and 11am- 4pm Church House, Butter Street

Fridays– 10am- 12pm at Jubilee Court fortnightly from 13 January 2023

Find out more about this initiative from Warwickshire Rural Community Council.


Computer drop-in sessions- Are you ‘Well Connected’? Face to face help tailored to fit your needs. Weekly on Wednesdays from 9.30am- 11am at the Alcester Unionist Club, High Street. Contact Wendy for further information on any of the activities on this page on 01789 766084 or email or see Facebook. We are also now looking for volunteers.

Repair Cafe-  Pop along with your broken item to the Depot, Eric Payne Community Centre on the fourth Thursday of the month between 2 and 6pm. Please see Facebook for further information.

Did you know about the Community Fridge at Alcester Baptist Church? For further info or to volunteer please email: Up to date information about opening times will be posted regularly on social media @Alcester Community Fridge @Alcester_Fridge

SUPPORT FOR WARWICKSHIRE RESIDENTS WINTER 2022– Whether you are looking for help with paying for food or household bills. Have a look at this useful publication with contact details and links to services- not just about help with the cost of living crisis but staying warm and well as well as looking after your mental health. A directory for Winter Wellness!

Warwickshire Care Services Directory 2021/22A free guide to help people looking for care and support in Warwickshire. The Directory contains plenty of useful information about accessing social care, funding care, staying independent and moving to a care home etc. Hard copies are available from the office or phone 01789 766084.

Other useful organisations

Did you know VASA covers a wide area of the Stratford & Warwick districts providing volunteer drivers to take people who otherwise couldn’t get to health/medical appointments and social inclusion journeys. Please call 01789 262889 and press 1 to request a driver. VASA need three days notice of your journey.

UBUS Dial- a ride service. Contact the booking centre Monday- Friday 8.30am-6pm to register and book your journey on 01789 264491. Concessionary travel passes are now valid. Fares are £4 single £6 return.

Did you know….There is a Flexibus bus service that runs to Stratford Tesco and The Maybird on Mondays. Bus stop adjacent to Alcester Police Station. The service is free for anyone with a bus pass.

For voluntary and community groups, there is also a transport service called Back and 4th operated by Warwickshire Rural Community Council. WRCC offer various other services too!

Age UK Warwickshire 01926 458100

Alcester Dementia Café 01789 488088

Alcester Foodbank 0773 355 1926

Atrial fibrillation British Heart Foundation.

Citizens Advice (Stratford upon Avon) 0844 855 2322

Greig Leisure Centre 01789 400073

Silverline– Helpline for older people- open 24/7

South Warwickshire Prostate Cancer Support Group

Stratford Time bank

Elderberries Community Group usually meet every Wednesday at Jubilee Court Community Room, for over 55’s in Alcester. Email for further information.


A picture of Wendy Sherwood

Wendy Sherwood works at Alcester Town Council as a Health and Well-being Co-ordinator. She plays a key role in developing initiatives that maximise the quality of life for people in Alcester.

The NHS recommends 5 steps you can take to improve your mental health and wellbeing. Trying these things could help you feel more positive and able to get the most out of life. They are:

  1. Connect – feeling close to and valued by other people is a fundamental human need and so social relationships are critical in promoting wellbeing.
  2. Be active – regular physical activity is associated with lower rates of depression and anxiety
  3. Take notice – taking time to appreciate your surroundings and to “savour the moment” can help wellbeing
  4. Learn – continued learning through life enhances self-esteem and encourages social interaction
  5. Give – participation in social and community life often makes people happy

All the projects and initiatives developed by the Health and Wellbeing Co-ordinator have been based on one or more of these principles.

Alcester Town Council has recently delivered an exercise programme for older people, called, Alcester – Get a Move On! Footage of the project can be found here.
The Repair Café and Well-Connected Computer Group are ongoing activities, and the Cook and Eat your Tea ran until summer 2022. Other new projects in the pipeline are Men in Sheds and Craft and Chat.

For further information about any activity or project or to talk about volunteering opportunities, please contact Wendy by email: or by phone on 01789 766084/0743 466 4435