Taking the first steps
What is available to me?
The Cheshire Change Hubs actually has three services available to you if you are looking to lose weight. If your BMI is between 25 & 34.9 kg/m2 you are eligible for a FREE 12-week programme with your local Slimming World. All you need to do is fill out the Self Referral form and we’ll be in touch to send out your vouchers.
As well as that, if you have a BMI between 30 & 34.9 kg/m2 you can access our exercise safely programme at your local Brio Leisure centre, see our exercise safely page for more specific details.
If you have a BMI of 35 kg/m2 or more you are eligible for a 24 week programme with our partners at More Life. For the first 14 weeks of the programme you will attend weekly one-hour group sessions that are designed to help you eat better, move more and make long lasting changes to your eating behaviour. In the final 10 weeks we will see you weekly, check your weight, answer any questions you may have and additionally, will hold monthly group sessions.
Patients registered with Vale Royal CCG GP partnerships (Northwich and Winsford area) who have a BMI of 35 kg/m2+, please contact your GP in relation to an alternative service which is available in your area.
So, to get started please call 0300 777 0033 or fill in our self-referral form.
Frequently Asked QuestionsOpen
How do I calculate my Body Mass Index (BMI)?
The NHS have a rather handy calculator that can do it for you on their website!
Is there a waiting list?
If you choose to join Slimming World or MoreLife, one of our colleagues from Cheshire West and Chester Weight Management Service will call you to discuss available options and book you a place on a programme.
Can my carer come with me?
Yes! Your carer is more than welcome to come with you to help you during your time with us.
Can I bring my guide dog?
Yes, guide dogs are welcome.
I am already attending slimming world, can I go for free with the vouchers instead?
If you are already attending slimming world then we’re afraid we can’t offer you the free Slimming World vouchers, you can however keep attending whilst accessing the other parts of our service.
Where will my sessions take place?
We have venues across West Cheshire and can find a location that is suitable for you to attend.
How many times can I use your service?
You are able to come and see us once in a 12 month period.
I have a BMI of 35 kg/m2 + are there any reasons why I might not be able to take part in the MoreLife programme?
There are certain circumstances or medical conditions which you may have, that make our programme unsuitable for you. They are as follows:
-Those under 16
– Active Bulimia
– Active psychosis
– Active substance use disorder (SUD) including alcohol
– Bariatric surgery in the last 12 months
Patients registered with Vale Royal CCG GP partnerships. There are additional services available to you in this case, please contact your GP for more information.
Am i eligible for free support?
You may be eligible for free support if you answer yes to all of the following:
- Are you a resident or registered with a GP within Cheshire West & Chester?
- Aged over 16 years of age?
- Do you have a BMI of 25 or more?
If you answered no to any of the above, we’re sorry to say you aren’t eligible for free support. But don’t worry. You can still call us and we’ll point you in the direction of another service that may be able to help.