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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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...

Job vacancy – ActivGardens Operations Officer

Job vacancy – ActivGardens Operations Officer

£14 per hour (approx. £27,375pa). 37.5 hours per week Initial fixed term contract for 12 months, with any extension subject to continued funding. ActivLives is seeking a motivated, qualified, passionate and experienced person to supervise and co-ordinate its thriving,...

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

Jul
24
Sat
2021
New Age Kurling and Boccia @ Walton Community Hall
Jul 24 @ 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.

In compliance with the current Covid-19 guidance, we have a limited number of places on this session. Please reserve your place by emailing mike@activlives.org.uk or call 07531 236442. Booking is currently required for this session.

Jul
26
Mon
2021
Better Balance Kingfisher Pub @ Kingfisher Pub
Jul 26 @ 9:45 am – 10:45 am
Better Balance Kingfisher Pub @ Kingfisher Pub | 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 Kingfisher Pub @ Kingfisher Pub
Jul 26 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Better Balance Kingfisher Pub @ Kingfisher Pub | 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.

Health Walks @ Christchurch Park, Ipswich
Jul 26 @ 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)

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.

For more information call Julie on 07810 801316.

Jul
27
Tue
2021
Better Balance Rushmere St Andrew @ Rushmere St Andrew Village Hall
Jul 27 @ 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
Jul 27 @ 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.

Activ Lawn Bowls @ Kesgrave War Memorial Community Centre
Jul 27 @ 10:00 am – 11:20 am
Activ Lawn Bowls @ Kesgrave War Memorial Community Centre | Kesgrave | England | United Kingdom

Tuesday 10.00am-11.20pm
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 but we are a group of people who really enjoy a friendly, not very serious, game of bowls. This is an informal session that is non-competitive. Some players bring their own bowls/woods but many use those that we have, 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. Sadly, we won’t be using the pavilion due to the Covid-19 restrictions (the toilets will be available for use)

We will be running two groups, 10am – 11:20am and 11:30am – 12:50pm, so that we are able to comply with social/physical distancing guidelines.

£4.00 per session – pay on the day.

Local bus route and off-road parking available and please wear flat-soled shoes (trainers are ideal), that will provide some protection for your feet.

We welcome new players – Please note though, that due to the current Covid-19 measures, this session is not currently available on a ‘drop-in’ basis. All new participants should first contact mike@activlives.org.uk or call 07531 236442. We would love to hear from you.

Better Balance @ St Mary at Stoke Church Hall
Jul 27 @ 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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