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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‘Boccia is back’ with ActivLives

‘Boccia is back’ with ActivLives

You know that things are gradually getting back to how they were before Covid-19, when the boccia balls come out once again! ActivLives have recently re-started their regular boccia sessions, with Avenues East, in Ipswich and Stowmarket. The sessions have been adapted...

Visit the ActivLives plant nursery this Spring

Visit the ActivLives plant nursery this Spring

Enjoy a Spring outing to ActivLives plant nursery in Chantry Park, Ipswich, on Tuesdays and Thursdays 10am to 2pm. Our dedicated team of staff and volunteers will be on hand to guide you safely round this community-run heritage site and help you pick something special...

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

May
11
Tue
2021
Activ Lawn Bowls @ Kesgrave War Memorial Community Centre
May 11 @ 10:00 am – 11:20 am
Activ Lawn Bowls @ Kesgrave War Memorial Community Centre

Activ Lawn Bowls
Tuesday 10.00-11.20 and second session between 11.30-12.50
Kesgrave War Memorial Community Centre
Twelve Acre Approach, Kesgrave, IP5 1JF
Starts 11 May
Last Session on 3 August (excluding 1June)

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.

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!

Activ Lawn Bowls @ Kesgrave War Memorial Community Centre
May 11 @ 11:30 am – 12:50 pm
Activ Lawn Bowls @ Kesgrave War Memorial Community Centre

Activ Lawn Bowls
Tuesday 11.30-12.50 (There’s also an earlier session between 10am – 1120am)
Kesgrave War Memorial Community Centre
Twelve Acre Approach, Kesgrave, IP5 1JF
Starts 11 May
Last Session on 3 August (excluding 1June)

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.

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!

May
12
Wed
2021
Inclusive Badminton – For adults with a learning disability @ Suffolk New College Sports Centre
May 12 @ 3:45 pm – 4:45 pm
Inclusive Badminton - For adults with a learning disability @ Suffolk New College Sports Centre | England | United Kingdom
  • Wednesday 3.45 – 4.45pm and 5.00pm – 6.00pm
  • Starts 14 April, scheduled end 30 June

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
May 12 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Inclusive Badminton - For adults with a learning disability @ Suffolk New College Sports Centre | England | United Kingdom

Schedule

  • Wednesday 3.45 – 4.45pm and 5.00pm – 6.00pm
  • Starts 14 April, scheduled end 30 June

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.

 

May
17
Mon
2021
Better Balance – Goldcrest Court (First 2 sessions at Kingfisher Pub) @ Goldcrest Court
May 17 @ 9:45 am – 10:45 am
Better Balance - Goldcrest Court (First 2 sessions at Kingfisher Pub) @ Goldcrest Court | England | United Kingdom

Please note the first 2 classes take place at the Kingfisher Pub,  301 Hawthorn Dr, Chantry, Ipswich IP2 0QG

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

  • Returning Monday 17th May
  • 9.30am – 10.30am & 11.00am – 12 noon

To book your place please call us on 01473 345350.

Better Balance – Goldcrest Court (First 2 sessions at the Kingfisher pub) @ Goldcrest Court
May 17 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Better Balance - Goldcrest Court (First 2 sessions at the Kingfisher pub) @ Goldcrest Court | England | United Kingdom

Please note the first 2 classes take place at the Kingfisher Pub,  301 Hawthorn Dr, Chantry, Ipswich IP2 0QG

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

  • Returning Monday 17th May
  • 9.30am – 10.30am & 11.00am – 12 noon

To book your place please call us on 01473 345350.

Health Walks @ Christchurch Park, Ipswich
May 17 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Health Walks @ Christchurch Park, Ipswich | England | United Kingdom

Why not join us for a lovely walk at Christchurch Park, Ipswich.

The ActivLives Health walks take place every other Monday from Monday 17th May (excluding Monday 31st due to Bank Holiday) between 11am – 12 noon.

We meet at the Soane Street entrance, down from the Mansion and near the park benches. You will meet lots of new people and walking is a good way to improve your health and fitness. Please wear suitable shoes.

For more information call Julie on 07810 801316.

Please note there is no walk on Monday 31st May due to the Bank Holiday.

May
18
Tue
2021
Better Balance – Rushmere St Andrew @ Rushmere St Andrew Village Hall
May 18 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Better Balance - Rushmere St Andrew @ Rushmere St Andrew Village Hall

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

  • Returning Tuesday 18th May 2021
  • 9.30am – 10.30am & 11.00am – 12 noon

To book your place please call us on 01473 345350.

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