ActivGardens

Discover the wide range of events, courses and opportunities at our community gardens

ActivSport

Discover more about our ActivSport programme and get involved in some of our sessions!

ActivSingers

Did you know singing is great for your mental health, physical fitness and is a great thing to get involved with. Why not join one of our groups today.

ActivHubs

From Better Balance Classes to ActivSteps to our Elderflower Hub and Friday Friends our hubs a great way to make new friends and improve your social life!

Annual Report 2020-2021

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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!

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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.

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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....

ActivLives Lunch Club at St Mary at Stoke Church

ActivLives Lunch Club at St Mary at Stoke Church

The ActivLives Lunch Club was established in November 2008 and was one of the first Hubs to be developed in Ipswich as part of the One Ipswich - Town & Bridge Project, which later became the charity ActivLives in 2012. The Lunch Club was initially funded through...

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. Sessions are inclusive & activities adapted to provide for a 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

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Jan
22
Sat
2022
New Age Kurling and Boccia @ Walton Community Hall
Jan 22 @ 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!

Jan
24
Mon
2022
Roots to Work @ People's Community Garden
Jan 24 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Roots to Work is designed to build practical skills and knowledge about gardening, growing and nature conservation in a friendly, welcoming community of volunteers. Learners can get involved in beekeeping, carpentry and many other aspects of gardening.

Taking place at the People’s Community Garden on Maidenhall Allotments, Halifax Road, Ipswich IP2 8RE. The course happens on Mondays and Fridays and learners can decide if they’d like to attend on a Monday or a Friday. The course begins on Monday 17 January or Friday 21 January depending on which day you choose to attend. Places are limited and activities will take place in small groups.

 The idea behind the project is to help people take first steps towards building up their confidence and developing other skills such as good communication, ability to work in a team, showing initiative and taking responsibility. We enable people to find their strengths and develop their abilities so they feel empowered to move on into further learning, training or employment.

This project is funded by the European Social Fund administered by LIFT ‘Local Investment in Learning Paths to Work’ Community Grants Programme. To take part, you just have to be resident of Suffolk, eligible to work in UK, and not in employment.

Please get in touch if you or the person you support is interested in joining. We are holding an informal open day on Monday 10 January 11am to 2pm so you can look around, meet the team and ask any questions.

Covid-19 health and safety measures are in place throughout our sites.

Better Balance Goldcrest @ Goldcrest Court
Jan 24 @ 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.

Health Walks @ Christchurch Park, Ipswich
Jan 24 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Health Walks @ Christchurch Park, Ipswich | England | United Kingdom

Monday 11.00am-12.00pm
Meet inside the Soane Street gate in Christchurch Park, Ipswich, IP4 2BG (in front of the Mansion)

Why not join us for a group walk in beautiful Christchurch Park, Ipswich.

The ActivLives Health walks take place every other Monday morning (excluding Bank Holidays) Extra walk taking place on Monday 25th April 2022.

We meet at the Soane Street entrance, in front of the Mansion, by the park benches. Christchurch Park is very close to the centre of town and the main bus routes. This walk is a great way to meet new people, enjoy the beautiful parkland and boost your mental and physical health. Walking is a great way to improve your health and fitness. Please wear suitable shoes. The walk is about an hour in total, at a gentle pace. We usually divide into two groups, one walking at a slightly quicker pace than the other. The park is undulating – as a result this walk does include some uphill sections. We usually stay on the footpaths throughout, including the beautiful arboretum section of the park. This walk is suitable for wheelchair users. The session is led by experienced volunteers walk leaders.

There is no charge for this walk.

Covid-19 measures (Hands-Face-Space-Fresh Air) will be in place at these walks. We always welcome new walkers – If you would like more information about this, or any of our other ActivSport groups, please call Julie on 07810 801316 or email julie@activlives.org.uk

We would love to hear from you!

Better Balance Goldcrest @ Goldcrest Court
Jan 24 @ 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.

Better Balance Waldringfield @ Waldringfield Village Hall
Jan 24 @ 11:45 am – 12:45 pm
Better Balance Waldringfield @ Waldringfield Village Hall | Waldringfield | 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

  • 11:45am-12:45pm

To book your space call Clare on 01473 345350 or email clare@activlives.org.uk

 

 

Jan
25
Tue
2022
Better Balance Rushmere St Andrew @ Rushmere St Andrew Village Hall
Jan 25 @ 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
Jan 25 @ 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.

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