Solihull Lighten Up Service

PLEASE NOTE: Solihull Lighten Up is now part of the Solihull Lifestyle Service

At the start of 2019 Solihull Lighten Up was incorporated into the new Solihull Integrated Lifestyle Service. We no longer offer vouchers for commercial weight loss groups but you can still call 0800 599 9880 to get free, personalised support to lose weight, or to make other lifestyle changes, including stopping smoking.

The following information is about the old service.

Looking for a kick-start to help you lose weight? If you live in Solihull, or are registered with a Solihull GP, Solihull Lighten Up offers you 12 weeks’ free access to a choice of weight loss clubs, with some extra specialist support.

Working with either a Behaviour Change Advisor or a Dietitian, you’ll have the opportunity to talk through your goals and come with a tailored plan to help you achieve them.

Solihull Lighten Up offers:

  • Free access to a choice of weight loss groups
  • One-to-one support sessions at a place to suit you, including your GP practice or home
  • Access to additional support to help you reach and maintain your goals, including cooking and physical activity sessions
  • Regular advice, motivation and ongoing support
  • Links to many other useful services and groups

Anyone who joins the programme also receives support, information and advice from our Lighten Up call centre to help them achieve their goals as well as the opportunity to access physical activity and healthy cooking sessions.

If you live in Solihull and you’d like to kick-start your weight loss journey with a bit of extra help, contact us to find out if you are eligible for the Solihull Lighten Up programme. Contact our Lighten Up call centre on 0800 599 9880 or via email on

You can read about the successes of the first year of Solihull Lighten Up, including some comments from people who’ve been supported by the service, in the blog post A kick-start that works (March 2017).

The Solihull Lighten Up service is based on the original Lighten Up service that Gateway ran in Birmingham. The shared learning from the Birmingham project, available on the NICE shared database, has shaped and influenced NICE Guidance PH53 Weight Management: Lifestyle Service for overweight and obese adults.

Video: Tracy and Sue

When Tracy decided she needed to do something about her weight, she called Solihull Lighten Up, and spoke to Sue. Six months on – and with Tracy 3 stone 8 pounds lighter – they have met in person for the first time.