Go Dawn Go!

Go Dawn Go!

Dawn Gillet has been a volunteer with ActivLives for a number of years leading ActivWalks in Christchurch Park every other Monday. Dawn has completed 5 Marathons (26.2 miles) and over a coffee after the walk, decided she would enter the Stort30 race as she needed a new challenge and thought it would be a good way to raise some money for ActivLives. The Stort30 is a 30 mile race, which takes place on Sunday 27th October and runs along the River Stort Navigation channel in Hertfordshire.

To sponsor Dawn on her 30 mile run, click here: https://donate.giveasyoulive.com/fundraising/activelivesdawnsrun

Sponsorship forms are also available. Thank you Dawn for doing this to raise funds for ActivLives, we really do appreciate it!

ActivLives announces New Ipswich Carer’s Project – Elderflower Hub

ActivLives announces New Ipswich Carer’s Project – Elderflower Hub

ActivLives is delighted to announce that they have received funding from Suffolk Community Foundation for a new carers project in Ipswich; we have been very busy behind the scenes putting things in place for the 12th September when the new Elderflower Hub opened at 10.30 am for its first 3 hour session, refreshments are also provided.

ActivLives organised a focus group of former carers who met up to support the development of the Elderflower Hub and assist in any way they can. The funding will enable local carers to meet up regularly, on a Thursday with other carers and the people they care for, in a social, inclusive, fun and relaxed environment with volunteers and staff on hand to chat to about any problems. The Hub will meet weekly and will be a one stop shop for information, offering signposting and will provide on-going support.

Carers and cared for from across Ipswich and surrounding villages will be able to access the service at the CRESS Pavilion on site at ActivLives Peoples Community garden in Maidenhall, Ipswich, IP2 8RE.

The Elderflower Hub is next to the People’s Community Garden and ActivSheds Project and so participants will have access to a wide range of inclusive, interesting, fun, meaningful and social activities.

Andrea Pittock, Head of Grant Programmes from Suffolk Community Foundation said “One of the key challenges facing people in Suffolk is that of social isolation and loneliness. This project has been designed to support the needs of a group of people who are perhaps most badly affected by this issue, those who require specific care and the people who care for them. Suffolk Community Foundation are delighted to be able to fund The Elderflower Hub to provide an opportunity to socialise, share their problems and find out what other support might be out there to improve their lives.’

Julie Stokes CEO of ActivLives said “This new hub will provide a much-needed social hub for local carers. All the activities will be tailored and designed to meet the needs of both the unpaid carer and the cared for, with volunteers and staff on hand to provide any advice needed, in fact a one stop hub for local carers”


For more information, please contact Alison or Gina on 01473 345350 or email alison@activlives.org.uk

Celebrate local harvest at community garden market

Celebrate local harvest at community garden market

Our stalls will be bursting with freshly picked fruit, vegetables and plants grown at our community gardens as part of our produce market on Friday 11th October 2019, at the CRESS Pavilion, Halifax Road, Ipswich IP2 8RE, from 10am to 12.30pm.

There will also be a delicious selection of cakes and snacks made by young people from one of our partner schools, together with tea, coffee and other refreshments, at the CRESS Café.

ActivSheds will have plenty of items for sale to help wildlife through the winter, including insect hibernacula and hedgehog homes.

Come and share the bounty, meet your neighbours, have a chat, and treat yourself to a cuppa and cake. Feel free to wander round the community garden too!

  • SPECIAL EVENT: As part of the Aldeburgh Food Festival Fringe, we are running a Bee Safari to explore our wild area and beekeeping project at 12 noon. Cost: £10 – Booking essential as places are limited.

There is parking on site and in surrounding roads. The CRESS Pavilion is fully accessible with a disabled toilet.

The last CRESS market 2019 is the Christmas special on Friday 6 December.

For more information, or if you would like to hold a stand or get involved, please contact ActivGardens Development Manager Susannah Robirosa on 07530 407302 or email susannah@activlives.org.uk or Danny Thorrington on 07532 794173 or email danny@activlives.org.uk. ActivLives office can be reached on: 01473 345350.

  • More information:
    ActivGardens are part of Ipswich-based charity ActivLives.
  • The People’s Community Garden, Maidenhall Allotments, Halifax Road, Ipswich IP2 8RE, has vegetable plots, a heritage orchard, sensory garden, wildlife areas and herb spiral. The project enables people of all ages and abilities to get active, learn skills and contribute to their community. It has a diverse volunteer base and works with schools and young people.
  • Historic Chantry Walled Garden, Chantry Park, Hadleigh Road, Ipswich IP2 0BS, has flower borders and vegetable growing areas, extensive glasshouses, and a courtyard garden designed for wheelchair users, enabling older people to carry on gardening. Young people on work placement learn about horticulture here and volunteers from the local community help tend the garden and grow plants.
  • We have an additional community project in Sudbury’s parks and green spaces.
  • Volunteers and placements are welcome at both sites, by arrangement.
Autumn plant sale at charity walled garden

Autumn plant sale at charity walled garden

ActivLives are holding an autumn plant sale at:

Chantry Walled Garden, Chantry Park, Ipswich IP2 0BS

on Thursday 12th September 2019 from 10.30am to 2.30pm

There will be a selection of bee- and butterfly-friendly perennial plants on offer, with a chance to look around this lovely walled site.

Tea, coffee and cakes will be available at Nursery Cottage – so join us for a cuppa and chat to find out more about what we do.

We offer placements and volunteering opportunities for people of all ages and abilities. For more information, please contact Development Manager Susannah Robirosa 07530 407302 or email susannah@activlives.org.uk.

Our current projects are:

  • Grow Your Skills – building confidence and skills in young people transitioning from school/ college into work
  • Carry On Gardening! – gardening activities for older people, including sessions for people living in residential care homes.

If you would like to book a bespoke visit or activity session, please contact
Project Co-ordinator Lesley Hartley via ActivLives office 01473 345350 lesley@activlives.org.uk

For details of location and to find out more about our projects, please visit: www.activlives.org.uk/activgardens

“We’re all going on a Summer Holiday!”

“We’re all going on a Summer Holiday!”

As our long-term members would know, most of our hubs have a break in the summer.
This lets you all have a bit of a break – as well as our staff!

The instructor will tell you when the last session is, and when the first one back is – but here’s a handy list just in case you forget!


Goldcrest Court 12th August 2nd September
St Mary Stoke 6th August 3rd September
Oasis Lunch Club Closed on 27th August and 24th September
Rushmere 13th August 3rd September  
Morecambe Court 14th August 4th September
All Hallows 15th August 5th September
St Thomas 15th August 5th September
California Club 15th August 5th September
Meeting Place 15th August 5th September
Dundee House 16th August 6th September


Walton 13th August 3rd September
Stowmarket 17th July 21st August
Leiston 4th September 18th September
Felixstowe 3rd August 7th September




If you can’t find your hub, or have any other queries – be sure to give us a call on 01473 345350.