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!

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 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...

500 Strawberry plants… cream teas incoming!

500 Strawberry plants… cream teas incoming!

We'd like to say a huge thank you to Andrew Sturgeon at Lindsey Lodge Farm for donating 500 strawberry plants to the ActivGardens. It was a fantastic surprise and we've put the plants in our Chantry Walled Garden where we have enough space to store them. We've put our...

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.

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.

“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
15
Tue
2021
Activ Lawn Bowls @ Kesgrave War Memorial Community Centre
Jun 15 @ 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
Jun 15 @ 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.

Better Balance Walton @ Walton Community Hall
Jun 15 @ 10:45 am – 11:45 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.

Better Balance Rushmere St Andrew @ Rushmere St Andrew Village Hall
Jun 15 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Better Balance Rushmere St Andrew @ 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.

Activ Lawn Bowls @ Kesgrave War Memorial Community Centre
Jun 15 @ 11:30 am – 12:50 pm
Activ Lawn Bowls @ Kesgrave War Memorial Community Centre | Kesgrave | England | United Kingdom

Tuesday 11.30am-12.50pm
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 Walton @ Walton Community Hall
Jun 15 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
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.

ActivBadminton – Whitton Sports & Community Centre @ Whitton Sports and Community Centre
Jun 15 @ 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
16
Wed
2021
Better Balance Leiston @ Leiston Community Centre
Jun 16 @ 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.

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