What is an ActivHub?
ActivHubs are held weekly at venues that can be found across Ipswich and Suffolk and provide a place for people to meet, socialise and take part in activities that can help to improve health and wellbeing.
The activities vary slightly from ‘Hub’ to ‘Hub’ but all ActivHubs offer the opportunity to socialise with others over refreshments or a lunch club providing a freshly cooked meal. The Activhubs also focus on providing various Falls Prevention Activity Sessions, ‘Better Balance, OTAGO and ActivSteps’ – see our timetable for more information.
These ActivHub sessions are ideal if you would like to improve your balance, muscle strength, flexibility and mobility. This can help you to stay steady on your feet, improve confidence, reduce the risk of falling and enable you to carry out your day to day tasks easier.
All sessions are fun and informal and include time to socialise with others over refreshments.
Where to find us:
To find out if there is an ActivHub near you, click here for our latest timetable with venues, dates and times.
What if I have no transport or there is no ‘ActivHub’ nearby?
Then give us a call and we will see if we can help provide information on bus routes, lift share or help booking Community Transport.
Call Lindsay Bennett, ActivHubs Project Development Officer – 01473 345350
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Take a look at this brilliant video from the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy – we do all of the exercises mentioned and more at our ActivHubs!
BETTER BALANCE, OTAGO AND ACTIVSTEPS – Falls Prevention sessions
Better Balance, Otago and ActivSteps classes are designed for people aged 55+ providing a fun way to improve your health and well being as well as making new friends over tea and coffee in the process. Your qualified instructor will show you how to perform a combination of seated and standing exercises depending on your ability level. We may also do some resistance band exercises for muscle and bone strength. The exercises we focus on increase strength in the upper and lower body and stability exercises to improve overall balance, posture & gait. Session lasts approximately an hour.
WHAT IS ‘MOVING FORWARD?’
Moving Forward works with former family carers in the community to help them create an active and fulfilling life for themselves after their caring role has finished.
Looking after a loved one with a serious illness or disability takes up time and energy, often to the exclusion of almost everything else. When that caring role ends, when the person being looked after dies or goes into residential care, someone becomes a “former carer” and their life can change significantly. Days that were busy and full of people and activity can suddenly become empty, long and lonely with no obvious purpose. A gap is left that is hard to fill.
Moving Forward is a special one to one support service specially designed to help people deal with this gap by building an active and fulfilling life for themselves after their caring role finishes.
ActivHubs Project Development Manager
After 7 years in the British Army and with a real passion for ‘health, fitness & wellbeing’ I went on to gain various advanced level qualifications within the fitness industry. Working for 13 years teaching numerous fitness disciplines and evolving from there to gym management, before progressing on to setting up and managing my own health club. Wanting to work more ‘sociable’ hours I joined the Town & Bridge Project in July 2008 and spent the next 5 years working on the ‘Fit as a Fiddle Project’ a nationwide project funded by the Big Lottery. This gave me the experience and aspiration to want to continue working with adults aged 45 plus and a real motivation to work specifically around ‘falls prevention’ activities. I look forward to developing the ‘falls prevention’ program and introducing new and exciting activities such as Nordic Walking to help individuals reduce their risk of falls and decrease the number of people who are re-admitted to hospital due to an injury resulting from repeated falls.
ActivHubs Project Coordinator
I have been working for ActivLives since May 2015 and I enjoy my job because I can make a difference to the quality of peoples lives. Before that I worked in the fitness industry as a Personal Trainer at DW Sports and Gym and Trim. Other jobs have been as a Post-lady and a Support worker for Mencap . My hobbies are watching Ipswich Town and keeping fit. My claim to fame is that I was one of the first triplets born at Ipswich Hospital in 1972.
Growing up I had a huge passion in art and photography and had always envisioned my career going in that direction. After studying at UCA in Canterbury, Kent I decided not to continue in university and went back to work instead. I have had various jobs such as a body piercer and key worker for young adults before coming back to my childhood routes and fell in love with fitness again. Due to health conditions I turned to exercise and managed to improve my symptoms and health. I knew that I wanted to help others do the same so I decided to become a personal trainer 5 years ago.
From then I have worked in several gyms, taught classes and trained clients. I found I enjoyed helping people improve their health more than the standard weight loss journey so while working at my previous job at Christ Church University I got my qualification in exercise referral. I was teaching a class each week aimed at those aged 50+ and wanted to do more. I saw that there was an opportunity to work at ActivLives and was drawn in by the variety of activities they offered and how socialising was just as important as the activities.
In my spare time I love to keep fit, go rock climbing, play video games, visit museums and do photography.