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

Read our Annual Report 2020-2021 online

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!

Plant Sales now open at Chantry Park Walled Garden Nursery

Open every Tuesday and Thursday 10am-2pm for plant sales plus we also have an online order system if you can’t visit the garden in person.

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.

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Suffolk badminton players get back to competition

Suffolk badminton players get back to competition

Above: The photo includes our Suffolk players together with members of the GB Paralympic Badminton squad, including Dan Bethell, Silver medallist from Tokyo in 2021. Eight athletes from the ActivLives/Special Olympics Suffolk group competed recently, at a new...

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!

“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

Jun
28
Tue
2022
Better Balance Walton 9:30am-10:30am @ Walton Community Hall
Jun 28 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Better Balance Walton 9:30am-10:30am @ 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.

Plants for Sale at Chantry Walled Garden @ Chantry Walled Garden
Jun 28 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Plants for Sale at Chantry Walled Garden @ Chantry Walled Garden | United Kingdom

Chantry Walled Garden is a heritage walled garden in a public park, with flower borders and vegetable-growing areas, as well as extensive glasshouses as part of our plant nursery.  Our base is cosy Nursery Cottage, where there is an accessible courtyard garden with raised beds for wheelchair users. The adjacent workshop has facilities for woodwork and basic construction. In this garden you can learn skills relevant to the horticultural industry as well as enjoy maintaining a garden full of history.

Every Tuesday and Thursday we hold a plant sale, where we sell plants we’ve grown in the garden to help fund the project.

Activ Lawn Bowls @ Kesgrave War Memorial Community Centre
Jun 28 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Activ Lawn Bowls @ Kesgrave War Memorial Community Centre | Kesgrave | England | United Kingdom

Tuesday 10.30am-12.30pm
Kesgrave War Memorial Community Centre
Twelve Acre Approach, Kesgrave, IP5 1JF

This is an outdoor session played on the lovely green in Kesgrave (with thanks to Kesgrave Community Centre and Kesgrave Bowls Club). We are not a ‘club’, as such, but we are a group of people who really enjoy a game of bowls. This is an informal session that is 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 Activity Facilitators. We can help you with basic playing techniques and rules, so please don’t worry if you haven’t played before.

This is a very friendly, easy going session. We stop for a cuppa on the ‘veranda’ at half time. New players are very welcome, at any point throughout the summer.

£4.50 per session includes refreshments. We do not charge any membership fees.

Local bus route and off-road parking available. Current NHS Covid-19 Guidelines of Hands. Face. Space and Fresh Air are being followed at these sessions.

This session runs through the most of the summer. We play Short-Mat Bowls, indoors, at another venue throughout the rest of the year.

Better Balance St Mary Stoke @ St Mary at Stoke Church Hall
Jun 28 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Better Balance St Mary Stoke @ 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 follows the Better Balance Session at midday and can be booked for an extra £5

To book your place please call us on 01473 345350.

Better Balance Walton: 10:45am-11:45am @ Walton Community Hall
Jun 28 @ 10:45 am – 11:45 am
Better Balance Walton: 10:45am-11:45am @ 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.

Better Balance Rushmere St Andrew – Tuesday later session @ Rushmere St Andrew Village Hall
Jun 28 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Better Balance Rushmere St Andrew - Tuesday later session @ Rushmere St Andrew Village 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 – 11am-12 noon

To book your place please call us on 01473 345350.

Lunch Club @ St Mary at Stoke Church Hall
Jun 28 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Lunch Club @ St Mary at Stoke Church Hall

Lunch Club

Enjoy a hot homemade 2 course meal!

  • Eat healthily
  • Improve confidence
  • Stay independent
  • Get out and meet others in a sociable environment
  • Make friends

Prior to the lunch club, we run a Falls Prevention class:

Falls Prevention – Better 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

  • Falls prevention class: 10.30am – 11.30am
  • Followed by lunch at midday (extra cost of £5)

To book your place please call us on 01473 345350.

ActivSingers – Ipswich @ St Mary at Stoke
Jun 28 @ 1:45 pm – 3:45 pm
ActivSingers - Ipswich @ St Mary at Stoke | England | United Kingdom

Feel your spirits lift and find a new confidence in singing! Learn some new songs – Learn harmonies to songs you know Improve your breathing, your circulation AND have some fun! Take some time out to relax and make music with others!

For more information call Julie on 01473 345350

 

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CHANTRY WALLED GARDEN PLANT SALES

OUR NEW STOCK IS AVAILABLE TO ORDER!

Please browse our online catalogue and get your order in early.

We can also deliver your order direct to your door!