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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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...

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!

ActivSports

ActivLives and Ipswich Borough Council, are motivating and inspiring people 45 years and over to increase their physical activity, eat more healthily and become more involved with the community.

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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Jun
22
Tue
2021
ActivBadminton – Whitton Sports & Community Centre @ Whitton Sports and Community Centre
Jun 22 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
ActivBadminton - Whitton Sports & Community Centre @ Whitton Sports and Community Centre | England | United Kingdom

Tuesday 2.00-3.30pm
Whitton Sports Centre,
Chuch Lane, Ipswich IP1 6LW

This session is aimed at adults of any age who would like to have a go at the great game of badminton. It’s the fastest racket sport in the world but don’t worry, we usually take our time when we play! We start each session with a warm up together as a group, just to loosen up and to prepare for the session. Then we have a go at one or two practices (we are all keen to improve a little, if we can), we then play plenty of games, usually doubles but we do sometimes have a game of singles (very energetic!).

All of the equipment is provided, so don’t worry if you don’t have your own racket. The session is led by a Badminton England Licensed Coach.

We are not a club – but we are a very friendly group who love to play badminton. Beginners, as well as those who haven’t played since their school days, are particularly welcome.

£4.50 per session – please bring your own drink and be changed ready to play as we don’t currently have access to changing facilities.

Local bus route and off-road parking available.

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

In compliance with the current Covid-19 restrictions 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.

We would love to hear from you!

Jun
23
Wed
2021
Better Balance Leiston @ Leiston Community Centre
Jun 23 @ 10:15 am – 11:15 am
Better Balance Leiston @ Leiston Community Centre | England | United Kingdom

Better Balance Sessions

Balance exercises to improve your everyday activities.

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

  •  10.15am – 11:15am (arrive from 10am)

To book your place please call Clare on 01473 345350.

Better Balance Morecambe Court @ Morecambe Court
Jun 23 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Better Balance Morecambe Court @ Morecambe 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

  • 1:30pm-2:30pm

To book your place please call us on 01473 345350.

ActivYoga for Beginners/Improvers @ Landseer Road Methodist Church
Jun 23 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
ActivYoga for Beginners/Improvers @ Landseer Road Methodist Church | England | United Kingdom

Wednesday 2.00pm-3.00pm
Landseer Road Methodist Church,
382 Landseer Road, Ipswich, IP3 9LR.

Yoga is a form of exercise which is non-competitive, it is designed to develop a feeling of total well-being. If you haven’t tried it before, come and give it a go! This session is for men & women and is aimed particularly at people new to yoga. Yoga mats will be provided. These classes can be completed sitting in a chair. Led by a fully qualified instructor (British Wheel of Yoga)
Spaces are limited, so please book to reserve your place.

£6.00 per session.

Pre-booking is required for these classes. (Minimum 48 hours notice is required for cancellations). For more information or to book your place please call 01473 345350 or email mike@activlives.org.uk

Inclusive Badminton – For adults with a learning disability @ Suffolk New College Sports Centre
Jun 23 @ 3:45 pm – 4:45 pm
Inclusive Badminton - For adults with a learning disability @ Suffolk New College Sports Centre | England | United Kingdom

Wednesday 3.45pm-4.45pm
Suffolk New College Sport Centre,
Ipswich IP4 1LT

Badminton is a very inclusive sport. This session is aimed particularly at adult participants who have an intellectual (learning) disability (Minimum age 16).

If you would like to get involved with the great game of badminton, then this group could be for you. It’s the fastest racket sport in the world but don’t worry, we usually take a bit of time when we play! We start each session with a group warm up, just to help loosen up and to prepare us for the session. Then we have a go at some skills practices, we also try to improve our tactical awareness – really important in badminton! We follow this with plenty of games – doubles and singles.

All of the equipment is provided, so don’t worry if you don’t have your own racket. The session is led by a Badminton England Licensed Coach, with the support of some great volunteers.

The session is delivered in partnership with Special Olympics Suffolk. Participants, who are eligible, can access Special Olympics competitions at regional and national level, through regular participation with this group.

£4.00 per session.

Local bus route and off-road parking available.

Please note 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.

 

Inclusive Badminton – For adults with a learning disability @ Suffolk New College Sports Centre
Jun 23 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Inclusive Badminton - For adults with a learning disability @ Suffolk New College Sports Centre | England | United Kingdom

Wednesday 5.00pm-6.00pm
Suffolk New College Sport Centre,
Ipswich IP4 1LT

Badminton is a very inclusive sport. This session is aimed particularly at adult participants who have an intellectual (learning) disability (Minimum age 16).

If you would like to get involved with the great game of badminton, then this group could be for you. It’s the fastest racket sport in the world but don’t worry, we usually take a bit of time when we play! We start each session with a group warm up, just to help loosen up and to prepare us for the session. Then we have a go at some skills practices, we also try to improve our tactical awareness – really important in badminton! We follow this with plenty of games – doubles and singles.

All of the equipment is provided, so don’t worry if you don’t have your own racket. The session is led by a Badminton England Licensed Coach, with the support of some great volunteers.

The session is delivered in partnership with Special Olympics Suffolk. Participants, who are eligible, can access Special Olympics competitions at regional and national level, through regular participation with this group.

£4.00 per session.

Local bus route and off-road parking available.

Please note 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.

 

Jun
24
Thu
2021
Better Balance Quay Church @ Quay Church
Jun 24 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Better Balance Quay Church @ Quay Church | 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 – 09:30am-10:30am
  • Class 2 – 10:45am-11:45am
  • Class 3 – 12 noon-1:00pm

To book your place please call us on 01473 345350.

Elderflower Community Hub @ CRESS Pavilion
Jun 24 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Elderflower Community Hub @ CRESS Pavilion | England | United Kingdom

Every Thursday
10:00am – 12noon
CRESS Pavilion, Halifax Road, Ipswich, IP2 8RE

Come and join us at our friendly Elderflower Hub, where we offer you the opportunity to meet other carers in a relaxed environment, with a cup of coffee, a piece of cake, and a fun activity! You are also welcome to bring along the person you care for.

£3.00 per session. Due to current Covid-19 restrictions on group sizes this session is fully booked. To register your interest in coming along once restrictions have lifted please contact Gina Cristallino on 01473 345350 or ginaactivchoirs@gmail.com

This hub is supported by staff & volunteers who are happy to have a chat and provide advice if needed.

 

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