ActivLives grew out of a Local Strategic Partnership Project called ‘The Town and Bridge Project’, which started in September 2006 and was aimed at the two most hard pressed areas of Ipswich, the town centre and the area known as ‘Old’ Stoke. In June 2012 the charity ActivLives was born, with a wider remit, but with the same strategic aim and enabled us to reach even more older, lonely and vulnerable people, by rolling our successful ActivHub and Sports project out across Ipswich and rural areas of Suffolk.
ActivLives is a very diverse organisation, offering a wide range of activities and opportunities for people including Horticulture, the Environment/ Conservation, Construction such as our ActivSheds project for men, Training, Community Singing, Preventative services such as reducing falls and fractures, working with and supporting Former Carers, Volunteering and our inclusive ActivIpswich project getting people aged 55 years and over into a sport.
- People with mental ill health, stress, anxiety and/or depression
- People with learning disabilities
- Former Carers
- Older people, including people living with Dementia and their Carers
- Young people
- Women of all ages and helping them access skills training
- People with physical health problems and long-term health conditions
- Local communities, including Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic groups and individuals
- Schools and colleges
- Jobseekers and long-term unemployed
- People who want to Volunteer or learn new skills or share skills
Our activities help to build confidence and self-esteem, maintain good physical and mental health, reducing stress and loneliness and preventing the onset of depression and anxiety.
We currently have over 2,000 people registered with ActivLives and over 60 volunteers who help to nurture and maintain our two Community Gardens, run our Lunch Clubs, lead our Health Walks or help at our exercise sessions.
Our members tell us that they like attending our sessions because they are fun and welcoming, that we take care to find accessible local venues, such as, Church Halls, Libraries, Scout Huts, Sheltered Housing Schemes etc and we provide interesting and inclusive activities that anybody and any ability can take part in.
General ActivLives News
A happy group of walkers gathered just before Christmas for the ActivLives Health Walk in Christchurch Park, Ipswich. The next walk is scheduled for Monday 10 January, meeting inside the Soane Street gate, just in front of the Mansion. New walkers are always welcome....
ActivLives held their first Inclusive Badminton Tournament since the pandemic, recently in Ipswich. The tournament was a great success with 18 players competing in the Singles competition. Then all of the players combined to form two teams to contest the Team Relay –...
The ActivLives Lunch Club was established in November 2008 and was one of the first Hubs to be developed in Ipswich as part of the One Ipswich - Town & Bridge Project, which later became the charity ActivLives in 2012. The Lunch Club was initially funded through...
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