Health and wellbeing are essential parts of everyday life. It is integral to leading a happy and healthy lifestyle. As the first tier of local government and the closest port of call for residents’ local (parish and town) councils can play a huge role in ensuring our communities are more robust, healthier and thriving places to live. 

Local councils, by providing information, services and access, can help improve the lives of millions of people. Health and wellbeing are personal and different for each individual. By highlighting the effect of hidden disabilities and the roles that local councils can play, NALC hopes to increase awareness and bring about positive change for local communities. 

Duncan Selbie, chief executive of Public Health England, told NALC: “What is clear is that local councils are indispensable to the solutions around keeping people in good health.”


The Health and wellbeing case studies publication is for local councils and county associations to use as an example of work that can be carried out in their communities. These are all examples of best practise and demonstrate actions to benefit the health and wellbeing of residents.

This publication is divided into chapters; creating healthier communities, transport, Crohn's and colitis, dementia, loneliness, mental health, social prescribing and young people. It is designed to incorporate all areas of health and wellbeing and will be added in due course.

Read the Health and wellbeing case studies publication


Health and Wellbeing Week took place between 28 and 30 October 2020 as part of NALC's Rebuilding Communities online events series. The events covered themes such as the future of health post-COVID-19, collaboration, hidden disabilities, and supporting mental health. BHIB Councils Insurance sponsored the week of events, Blachere Illumination, CCLA, Came & Company Local Council Insurance, the Centre for Ageing Better, the Epilepsy Society, HAGS and Parish Online.

We have summarised and collated some useful resources from the events below:


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