ActivGardens Online

During these difficult times, we thought we’d bring our plants and produce to you!
Click below to see our catalogue and order form.

Keep Active at Home

Even when sessions are closed, we still aim to be there for our members!

Whether it’s instructional videos you can follow along to at home or quizzes to keep your mind busy.

Adopt-A-Bee!

Help us to provide integral services in the local community by Adopting-A-Bee for you or a friend at one of our hives at The People’s Community Garden!

We have 400,000 bees up for adoption – help us meet that target!

Donate to ActivLives HERE

ActivLives is a local charity, which relies on grants, trusts, donations, fundraising activities, sponsorship & commissions to enable us to provide & develop our services across Ipswich & Suffolk.

What is ActivLives? 

ActivLives is a local independent charity working in Ipswich and across Suffolk to keep people active, connected and involved with their local community through accessible sports and exercise, learning new skills and volunteering opportunities.

ActivLives Latest News

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Family Half Term Activity Day

Family Half Term Activity Day

On Friday 29 October 2021 at The People’s Community Garden will be open from 11am to 2pm for a fabulous Family Half Term Activity Day. Come and explore the garden, take part in fun and educational activities, celebrate our harvest of lovely produce and get closer to...

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,...

Our Services & Projects

ActivHubs

ActivHubs was set up to provide a fun and social way for people to keep fit and healthy, improve strength, balance and co-ordination, and while doing all of that, make some new friends in the process!

ActivGardens

ActivGardens are all about growing! Growing plants. Growing fresh healthy food. Growing yourself… your fitness, your health, your skills, your friends, your community. Get active with ActivGardens!

ActivSport

The ActivSport programme consists of sports & physical activities targeted at people who do not play regular sport. Our sessions are inclusive & the activities adapted to provide for a wider variety of people.

ActivSingers

The Keep On Rockin’ members have achieved a sustainable singing group through weekly member support, fundraising and regular performances of classic songs for everyone to enjoy!

We’ve put together this video to show you what we do, and how we can help you.

Whether it’s improving your balance at one of our hubs, learning about horticulture at one of our gardens, finding your voice in our Keep On Rockin’ singing group, or simply meeting new friends at one of our lunch clubs.

We’re not just a fitness organisation – we’re a community – and we’re here, for you.

“Meeting new friends and socialising with them and being able to help some of the others with their activities while enjoying this myself.”

“Lovely to do some proper exercise again and I feel so much looser!”

“Thoroughly enjoyable session which was very beneficial.”

Upcoming Activities

Click on an event below to find out more details

Oct
23
Sat
2021
New Age Kurling and Boccia @ Walton Community Hall
Oct 23 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
New Age Kurling and Boccia @ Walton Community Hall | England | United Kingdom

Saturday 1.00pm-3.00pm
Walton Community Hall, 274 High Street, (opposite the Co-op, the hall entrance is on Falcon Street, next to the Falcon Inn)
Walton, Felixstowe, IP11 9DS

This is a very friendly activity session targeted at older, independent adults. It is held in a very comfortable, accessible venue. The group play the two very inclusive sports of New Age Kurling and Boccia. Kurling can be played either standing or seated, Boccia (a Paralympic sport), is always played whilst sitting down. Both are ‘target sports’ and great fun to play. All of the equipment is provided and the session is led by one of our experienced Activity Facilitators.

We do not currently provide refreshments as part of this session, so please bring your own drink/snack, if required.

This session is suitable for participants who use a wheelchair.

If you would like to know more about this session, please feel free to contact us on 01473 345350 or via the number and/or email below.

£5.00 per session

Local bus route and local on-road parking is available.

Covid-19 measures (Hands-Face-Space-Fresh Air), will be in place at these sessions.

Covid-19 measures (Hands-Face-Space-Fresh Air) will be in place at these sessions. We always welcome new participants – If you would like more information about this, or any of our other ActivSport groups, please call us on 01473 345350 or email mike@activlives.org.uk

We would love to hear from you!

Oct
25
Mon
2021
Grow Your Future Mondays @ People's Community Garden
Oct 25 @ 9:30 am – 2:00 pm
Grow Your Future Mondays @ People's Community Garden | England | United Kingdom

Grow Your Future at ActivGardens – for young people aged 16 to 24

The People’s Community Garden, Maidenhall Allotments, Halifax Road, Ipswich IP2 8RE

If you are looking for a new direction or need a boost after the challenges of Covid-19 – how about taking part in a free outdoor learning programme at ActivGardens?

Grow Your Future will enable you to learn new skills and gain confidence on your way to further learning, training or employment. The 12-week programme will be based in Sudbury’s town park – you will learn horticultural skills, garden maintenance and the basics of parks upkeep. You may have a chance to work in other local areas – learning about nature conservation and environmentally friendly methods. Grow Your Future is for young people aged 16 to 24 who are unemployed or economically inactive, and not engaging in education or training.

  • When and Where?
  • Monday 13 September to Monday 29 November from 09:30am to 2pm
  • People’s Community Gardens, Maidenhall Allotments, Halifax Road, Ipswich IP2 8RE

This programme is part of Skills Connect – a Youth Pledge project funded by the European Social Fund. It is led by East Coast College in partnership with Access Community Trust, DIAL, Voluntary Norfolk and The Prince’s Trust.

If you would like to find out more, please contact Susannah mobile: 07530 407302 email: susannah@activlives.org.ukor ActivLives on 01473 345350

 

Better Balance Goldcrest @ Goldcrest Court
Oct 25 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Better Balance Goldcrest @ Goldcrest Court | England | United Kingdom

What are the benefits of Balance Classes?

These sessions are ideal if you would like to:

  • Stay steady on your feet
  • Improve your balance, strength and mobility
  • Reduce your risk of falling
  • Improve confidence
  • Stay independent
  • Get out and meet others in a sociable environment

 

Schedule

  • Class 1 – 09:45am-10:45am
  • Class 2 – 11:00am-12 noon

To book your place please call us on 01473 345350.

Better Balance Goldcrest @ Goldcrest Court
Oct 25 @ 11:45 am – 12:45 pm
Better Balance Goldcrest @ Goldcrest Court | England | United Kingdom

What are the benefits of Balance Classes?

These sessions are ideal if you would like to:

  • Stay steady on your feet
  • Improve your balance, strength and mobility
  • Reduce your risk of falling
  • Improve confidence
  • Stay independent
  • Get out and meet others in a sociable environment

 

Schedule

  • Class 1 – 09:45am-10:45am
  • Class 2 – 11:am-12 noon

To book your place please call us on 01473 345350.

Oct
26
Tue
2021
Better Balance Rushmere St Andrew @ Rushmere St Andrew Village Hall
Oct 26 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am

What are the benefits of Balance Classes?

These sessions are ideal if you would like to:

  • Stay steady on your feet
  • Improve your balance, strength and mobility
  • Reduce your risk of falling
  • Improve confidence
  • Stay independent
  • Get out and meet others in a sociable environment

 

Schedule

  • 1st Class – 09.30am-10:30am
  • 2nd Class – 11am-12 noon

To book your place please call us on 01473 345350.

Funded by:

Better Balance Walton @ Walton Community Hall
Oct 26 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Better Balance Walton @ Walton Community Hall | England | United Kingdom

What are the benefits of Balance Classes?

These sessions are ideal if you would like to:

  • Stay steady on your feet
  • Improve your balance, strength and mobility
  • Reduce your risk of falling
  • Improve confidence
  • Stay independent
  • Get out and meet others in a sociable environment

 

Schedule

  • 1st Class – 09:30am-10:30am
  • 2nd Class – 10:45am-11:45am
  • 3rd Class – 12 noon-1.00pm

To book your place please call us on 01473 345350.

ActivBowls @ Whitton Sports Centre,
Oct 26 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
ActivBowls @ Whitton Sports Centre, | England | United Kingdom

Tuesday 10.30am-12.30pm
Whitton Sports Centre,
Whitton Church Lane, Ipswich, IP1 6LW

This is an indoor ‘Short-Mat’ version of the great game of bowls. We are currently playing on three mats in the main sports hall. We are not a club but we are a group of people who really enjoy a friendly game of bowls. This is an informal session that is largely non-competitive. Some players bring their own bowls/woods, but many use those that are provided by us, so don’t worry if you don’t have your own. The session is led by one of our experienced Facilitators.

This is a very friendly, easy going session.

£4.00 per session.

Local bus route and off-road parking available. This session usually runs between October-April inclusive. We play outdoors at another venue in the summer.

Covid-19 measures (Hands-Face-Space-Fresh Air) will be in place at these sessions. We always welcome new participants – If you would like more information about this, or any of our other ActivSport groups, please call us on 01473 345350 or email mike@activlives.org.uk

Better Balance @ St Mary at Stoke Church Hall
Oct 26 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Better Balance @ St Mary at Stoke Church Hall

Better Balance Sessions

These sessions are ideal if you would like to:

  • Stay steady on your feet
  • Improve your balance, strength and mobility
  • Reduce your risk of falling
  • Improve confidence
  • Stay independent
  • Get out and meet others in a sociable environment

Schedule

  • 10.30am – 11.30am
  • The Lunch Club that usually follows won’t currently be happening due to social distancing restrictions.
    We will make an announce when the lunch clubs return.

To book your place please call us on 01473 345350.

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