General ActivLives News

Boccia – sounds like ‘gotcha’!

Boccia – sounds like ‘gotcha’!

ActivLives held another Inclusive Boccia Tournament recently at Gainsborough Sports Centre, in Ipswich. The event attracted 40 competitors, who played a total of 85 ends of boccia, over 30 matches, scoring 185 points. There were over 70 people attending the event,...

Upcoming New Age Kurling Competition

Upcoming New Age Kurling Competition

A New Age Kurling Competition is being hosted in Ipswich by ActivLives on Tuesday 19th March, 10am-2pm at Gainsborough Sports Centre, Brazier’s Wood Road, IP3 0SP. New Age Kurling is an adapted version of the Olympic sport, Curling. Whether you have played New Age...

Spring Season Plant Sale

Spring Season Plant Sale

Head to Chantry Walled Garden on Thursday 7 March for the ActivGardens Spring Plant Sale, join us between 10am-2pm. Take a look around enjoy this lovely site, the hidden gem of Chantry Park and take the opportunity to buy a few plants for your garden at knock-down...

Boccia Tournament coming to Ipswich

Boccia Tournament coming to Ipswich

The next ActivLives Inclusive Boccia Tournament is coming soon to Gainsborough Sports Centre in Ipswich. The event, which is being held on Saturday 2 March, is for any player with a recognised disability (physical, sensory or intellectual). All of the athletes will be...

Grow Your Future is back this Autumn

Grow Your Future is back this Autumn

If you are looking for a new direction come and take part in our programme to develop practical skills and build confidence on your way to further learning, training or employment! In this free 12-week course, you will learn about gardening, horticulture and nature...

ActivBlooms Flower arranging workshop

ActivBlooms Flower arranging workshop

Last chance to book onto ActivBlooms floristry workshop on Saturday 15 July 10am-12noon at Chantry Walled Garden in Chantry Park, Hadleigh Road, Ipswich IP2 0BS. Create and take home your own arrangement, using a variety of flowers, some of which have been grown on...

World Badminton Day – 5 July 2023

World Badminton Day – 5 July 2023

World Badminton Day is being celebrated on the 5 July. If you haven’t already, why not give this great game a try? ActivLives deliver weekly groups in Ipswich, including sessions that are particularly tailored for players with an intellectual/learning disability. The...

ActivLives at the Special Olympics

ActivLives at the Special Olympics

The Special Olympics World Games, held recently in Berlin, provided one of the largest inclusive sports events ever held, with 7,000 athletes, 3,000 Coaches and 18,000 Volunteers. Special Olympics is sport targeted at athletes with an intellectual (learning)...

Gardening in Mind is back!

Gardening in Mind is back!

Gardening in Mind is back! An outdoor gardening programme to support mental wellbeing. Join on this free 12 week course where you will get to experience and learn about all things horticulture. Begin exercising those green fingers of yours by getting involved in...

Grow Your Future is back!

Grow Your Future is back!

If you are looking for a new direction come and take part in our programme to develop practical skills and build confidence on your way to further learning, training or employment! In this free 12-week course, you will learn about gardening, horticulture and nature...

World Environment Day and ActivLives

World Environment Day and ActivLives

Monday 5 June is World Environment Day and as ActivLives runs two community gardens in Ipswich it seemed only right that we marked the day. We’re set to welcome Ipswich Rotary Club to the People’s Community Garden for a day of environmental action! And what a day we...

Boccia Leader’s Course

Boccia Leader’s Course

ActivLives hosted a Boccia England ‘Boccia Leaders’ Course recently in Ipswich, as part of our work to help promote inclusive sport in Suffolk. The course attracted 17 delegates from a wide variety of local organisations including Papworth Trust, Suffolk New College,...

Gardening in Mind Open day!

Gardening in Mind Open day!

Join us for an open day on Wednesday 3 May from 10am to 12 noon, a great chance to look around the People’s Community Garden, find out more about the project and sign up! About the course: In this free 12 week course you will take part in gardening, growing and...

New to Nature Placement

New to Nature Placement - ActivGardens Community Gardener Community gardens and urban nature sites ApplicationYou can apply for this placement via the following link:www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/NTNPlacementApplication22 CLOSING DATE: 17.00pm on Wednesday 17th May 2023...

Badminton Tournament a success!

Badminton Tournament a success!

The ActivLives Inclusive Badminton Tournament was held recently at Gainsborough Sports Centre in Ipswich, with 30 athletes competing in the singles and doubles competitions. The standard of play throughout the day was superb, with some extremely close matches deciding...

Easter break dates for ActivSport

Easter break dates for ActivSport

There are a number of our ActivSport sessions that take a short break during Easter, please find the dates of when each session takes a break below: Tues 10.30 -12.30 ActivBowls (Short-Mat) No session on 11 April Tues 10.30-12.30 Activ Lawn Bowls (Outdoors) Summer...

ActivLives Boccia Festival in Ipswich

ActivLives Boccia Festival in Ipswich

ActivLives, recently held a Boccia Festival at Gainsborough Sports Centre in Ipswich. The event attracted 40 competitors from across Suffolk, competing for the medals in the team event. All of the players who took part, have an intellectual, physical and/or sensory...

Boccia in Felixstowe!

Boccia in Felixstowe!

Monday 1.30-3.00pm Starts on 20 February 2023 (6 weeks up to 27/03) At Felixstowe Leisure Centre, Sea Road, Felixstowe, IP11 2AE Come and play this very accessible sport and have fun with a great group of people! Boccia is a truly inclusive sport. Played seated, it...

Inclusive Boccia in Stowmarket

Inclusive Boccia in Stowmarket

Thursday 1.30-3.00pm Starts on 19 January 2023 (10 weeks up to 23/03) At Mid Suffolk Leisure Centre, Gainsborough Road, Stowmarket, IP14 1LH Come and play this very accessible sport and have fun with a great group of people! Boccia is a truly inclusive sport. Played...

Dreaming of a greener Christmas?

Dreaming of a greener Christmas?

Please come along to the People’s Community Garden Festive Market at the Maidenhall Allotments, Halifax Road, Ipswich IP2 8RE 10am to 2pm on Wednesday 7 December, Monday 12 December, Wednesday 14 December Gifts available: Plants, beautiful Begonias in festive colours,...

National Boccia Day 2022!

National Boccia Day 2022!

Recently we celebrated National Boccia Day with a tournament at Whitton Sports Centre, it was a great day with groups from across Suffolk coming together to play. There were over 30 competitors in the tournament and some fierce competition took place, we were thrilled...

Lovely feedback!

Lovely feedback!

We recently had some lovely feedback from Tuddenham WI following a presentation we gave to the group recently, we thought we'd share the lovely words they had for us after we visited them... "On behalf of the Tuddenham WI group, I wanted to say a huge thank you for...

Name that apple!

Name that apple!

Visitors to Ballingdon Fete in Sudbury in September had fun trying to match heritage apples from our community garden orchard to their name – why don’t you have a go? They have wonderful stories behind them: Clopton Red a seedling raised by Justin Brooke of Clopton...

Suffolk Chamber of Commerce

Suffolk Chamber of Commerce

ActivLives is very pleased to have re-joined the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce after many years and is looking forward to meeting members at their Safari Networking event in Stowmarket in November 22. The Chamber of Commerce provides a wide range of support for Business...

Badminton Success

Badminton Success

Members of the ActivLives ‘Inclusive Badminton’ group, who play weekly in Ipswich, did all of us proud as they flew the flag for the Eastern Region recently, at the National Special Olympics Badminton Tournament held at the University of Wolverhampton Sports Campus in...

Belle Vue Park is looking great!

Belle Vue Park is looking great!

Our Sudbury ActivGardens team have been working hard in the sunshine recently! A few of the volunteers still wanted to come along to help maintain the gardens at Belle Vue Park despite the warm weather, which was great. Reports were that it was 29 degrees by 11:30am,...

A Rackets Taster for Suffolk Day

A Rackets Taster for Suffolk Day

A Rackets Taster event was held recently at Ipswich Sports Club in Ipswich, attracting 24 participants. The activities, which were targeted at athletes with a learning disability, included a variety of tennis and badminton skills and challenges. Several of the players...

ActivBowls are back outdoors!

ActivBowls are back outdoors!

ActivLives bowls sessions are about to go back outdoors for the summer season. We start back at the Kesgrave Community Centre, IP5 1JF, on Tuesday 10 May, 10.30-12.30. It’s a lovely green to play on with plenty of space. The session fee is £4.50. We have spare...

Back to Boccia with ActivLives

Back to Boccia with ActivLives

The ActivLives ‘Boccia Festival’, held recently at Whitton Sports Centre in Ipswich, saw some brilliant performances from all of the 13 competing teams. The event was an opportunity for players, with a disability, to showcase their skills and team work in this most...

Bowls is back with ActivLives

Bowls is back with ActivLives

The ActivLives bowls group is back playing the short-mat version of this great sport at Whitton Sports Centre in Ipswich. The group meet every Tuesday morning between 10.30-12.30 – if you would like to give it a try, why not pop along? No equipment (or special...

January in the Park

January in the Park

Every month our freelance worker Haidee will be writing a diary entry in her sustainability calendar. Haidee works for our gardens project in Sudbury and her diary entries give a great sense of what it's like to work there and the wildlife she encounters. This month...

Health Walkers are walking fine!

Health Walkers are walking fine!

A happy group of walkers gathered just before Christmas for the ActivLives Health Walk in Christchurch Park, Ipswich. The next walk is scheduled for Monday 10 January, meeting inside the Soane Street gate, just in front of the Mansion. New walkers are always welcome....

The ActivLives Badminton Tournament

The ActivLives Badminton Tournament

The ActivLives Inclusive Badminton Tournament is being held in Ipswich on Saturday 20 November. This tournament is targeted at our own local players who play regularly with ActivLives – many of the competitors also compete in Special Olympics competitions. This will...

Short-mat bowls returns!

Short-mat bowls returns!

We had a great summer season at Kesgrave Community Centre and now, as the weather changes, the ActivBowls group are ready to return to playing indoors. The group have not been able to return to their usual venue of Gainsborough due to the un-availability of the hall,...

Volunteer vacancies at ActivGardens

Volunteer vacancies at ActivGardens

ActivLives is looking to recruit keen gardeners who enjoy working alongside others to its core volunteer team. Where you’ll be working : The People’s Community Garden, Maidenhall Allotments and the CRESS Pavilion, Ipswich, Suffolk IP2 8RE. About ActivGardens...

National Fitness Day

National Fitness Day

National Fitness Day 2021 is being held on Wednesday 22nd September and gives us all at ActivLives a great opportunity to celebrate the vital role that physical and social activity plays in all of our lives. ActivLives provide a variety of activity options on a weekly...

Returning Sports with ActivLives

Returning Sports with ActivLives

After a summer break we’re thrilled to be bringing back several of our ActivSport activities, now is a great time to get out and enjoy some sport. See below for what sports are returning, the dates below are when they begin but you can join in at any point on the...

100 cheers for 100 years

100 cheers for 100 years

All of our Thursday mornings at the Elderflower hub are a pleasure to run however last week was a very special one……. We celebrated the birthday of one of our members Mary who turned 100! What an honour it was to share this eventful day with her. It was great to hear...

Inclusive Boccia with Avenues East

Inclusive Boccia with Avenues East

ActivLives continue to deliver inclusive boccia sessions for players with a learning disability, in partnership with local provider Avenues East. The sessions, which are held in Stowmarket and Ipswich, are being supported by Active Suffolk and Sport England through...

Evie is on her way to Tokyo!

Evie is on her way to Tokyo!

Confirmation of the GB Paralympic team for Tokyo has recently been announced. We are very proud that Ipswich athlete, Evie Edwards, has been selected to represent Great Britain, once again, in the BC4 classification. Evie continues to be a great friend to ActivLives,...

Elderflower Hub makes a return!

Elderflower Hub makes a return!

It has been wonderful to welcome back our Elderflower Hub, who started back in June this year and our groups are currently meeting on alternate weeks in two groups until we can unite back together as one. We have been busy exercising , playing bingo with a difference...

Thank you to Sudbury in Bloom!

Thank you to Sudbury in Bloom!

ActivLives staff and volunteers were happy to receive a water bowser kindly donated by Sudbury in Bloom, to keep Belle Vue Park well-watered over the hot Summer months. It was fantastic to meet the Mayor Sue Ayres, who kindly attended the hand-over over the water...

ActivLives meets Active Lives!

ActivLives meets Active Lives!

ActivLives Step by Step Better Balance falls prevention sessions have re-opened at many of our venues and it is great to see people back in person participating in their activity session and improving their co-ordination, strength and balance, whilst enjoying each...

Thank you to Clarke and Simpson

Thank you to Clarke and Simpson

Everyone at ActivLives would like to say a huge thank you to Clarke and Simpson for a generous donation of £400 which will go towards the continuation of our community work. Clarke and Simpson are a Suffolk based Estate Agents and Auction House who have kindly for...

Has your world turned upside down?

Has your world turned upside down?

Yep, so has ours! But we are gradually getting our ActivSport programme back on the road. We have recently re-introduced Lawn Bowls, Walking Football, Boccia and Yoga sessions back onto the growing list of returning activities. All of these sessions have Covid-19...

All zoomed out.

All zoomed out.

Last week our Step by Step Better Balance Zoom sessions came to an end, ActivLives have delivered around 70 zoom exercise sessions since the beginning of this year and these have been regularly attended by our members on a weekly basis. Our instructors Del and Jo have...

‘Boccia is back’ with ActivLives

‘Boccia is back’ with ActivLives

You know that things are gradually getting back to how they were before Covid-19, when the boccia balls come out once again! ActivLives have recently re-started their regular boccia sessions, with Avenues East, in Ipswich and Stowmarket. The sessions have been adapted...

Inclusive Badminton is back!

Inclusive Badminton is back!

The ActivLives Inclusive Badminton group, based in Ipswich, is now back playing weekly as part of the gradual return to activity for our ActivSport programme. The session, which is targeted at adults who have a learning disability, is able to return indoors as part of...

Still zooming…

Still zooming…

Our Activsingers are still Zooming every two weeks, singing together online and also logging on at the weekend for a fortnightly quiz which has been very popular. Its now been over a year since we have all sung together in the same room, however we are hoping to get...

Step By Step Falls Prevention

Step By Step Falls Prevention

We have continued with our Better Balance exercise sessions over Zoom and these run on a Monday, Tuesday and Thursday morning with our instructors Del and Jo.  Although we are all missing meeting at our face to face sessions we are grateful for Zoom as an alternative...

Boccia and Badminton

Boccia and Badminton

Inclusive Boccia and Badminton continue with ActivLives Well, what a year 2020 has been! Although for much of the year sport has had to be put on hold as a result of Covid-19, some of our ActivLives groups have been able to continue to play sport in a Covid-19...

How local funding is helping Charities in Suffolk

How local funding is helping Charities in Suffolk

As with many Charities, social enterprises and community groups the Coronavirus lock-down has had a real impact both financially and the way that services are delivered to support people in the community, who are vulnerable and at risk. During the lockdown this is really important as vulnerable people are feeling even lonelier and cut off from family, friends and neighbours.

Celebrating ‘Move Suffolk Week’!

Next week is ‘Move Suffolk Week’ and to help to celebrate this we are holding our ‘ActivFriends Week’.   We are involved with several events next week including:   Saturday 18th May (10-4pm), Special Olympics Eastern Region Badminton Tournament at...

Goodgym Ipswich Launch

Goodgym Ipswich Launch

Goodgym is a community of runners that combine getting fit with doing good. We stop off on our runs to do physical tasks for community organisations and to support isolated older people with social visits and one-off tasks they can’t do on their own. It’s a great way to get fit, meet new people and do some good. As long as you’re up for getting sweaty, everyone’s welcome.

Record breaking celebration event

ActivLives is inviting people aged 45 plus to come and join them at ‘Support our Hubs’, a celebration event on Tuesday 22nd March  in the Council Chamber, Ipswich Town Hall from 11am – 2pm.

New ActivHub Opening in Ipswich

Come and meet ActivLives at their new weekly ActivHub opening on Thursday 23rd July at the Ipswich International Church, top of Portman Road, Ipswich, IP1 2HS from 10.00am – 12 noon. Come and join ActivLives at a coffee morning, to find out more about the activity sessions and ‘have a go’ taster session, plus if you are between 40 – 74 years of age you can have a free health check.

Halloween is best ever!

Halloween celebrations at the community garden attracted more people than ever before, with local families turning out in the sunshine to enjoy this creative green space, right on their doorstep.

Lloyds Bank Community Fund

Earlier this year, over 7,000 community groups were nominated across England, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man and Channel Islands. 1,400 causes in 350 communities were then shortlisted for the Community Fund award.

Four local causes in every area will be awarded funding depending on the number of votes they receive.
The group with the most votes will get £3,000, the next £2,000, £1,000 and finally, £500.

ActivLives have been short listed for this Community Fund award.

Toe-tapping fun at Big Garden Party

The Big Garden Party was bigger and better than ever before, including the weather. The sun shone constantly on a throng of people, enjoying a huge range of entertainment and activities, on our central theme of bees, bugs and butterflies.

Are you drinking enough?

Summer is here and the temperature is rising! Most of us enjoy the warm weather but often we are unaware that we are becoming dehydrated and need to replace the fluids we lose through breathing, sweating and urinating.

Health & History Walk in Chantry Park

As part of the Suffolk Walking Festival and LiveWell Suffolk’s – Stepping out in Suffolk Health walks, ActivLives is organising a special interest walk in Chantry Park on Wednesday 28th May.

‘Getting to know you’ in NW Ipswich

ActivLives has been awarded funding by Ipswich Borough Council NW Area Committee to develop a number of ActivHubs in NW Ipswich to help people 45 years and over keep active, healthy and connected with their community.

Walking Football sessions a great success

ActivLives is working in partnership with Laura Worsley, football coach and Ipswich Borough Council NW Area Committee to develop the Walking Football Sessions, which started last year at Whitton Sports Centre on Friday’s at 2pm. Aimed at people 50 plus, this is a great way to take part in a sport, keep fit, have fun and socialise.

ActivLives in Little Waitrose!

We had good news come in this week that we have been chosen to be one of the three charities that Little Waitrose, Cornhill, Ipswich is raising money and awareness for.