ActivLives Step by Step Better Balance falls prevention sessions have re-opened at many of our venues and it is great to see people back in person participating in their activity session and improving their co-ordination, strength and balance, whilst enjoying each other’s company.
We are aware that not everyone is able to attend sessions for a variety of reasons and many people have unfortunately experienced reduced fitness over the past year due to the effects of lockdown. Earlier in the year we linked in with the University of Southampton to discuss a digital tool they have devised to help people exercise at home, which is also called Active Lives.
The Active Lives website was designed by the University of Southampton to help people aged 65 and over improve strength and balance and get more active. Its free, easy to use and evidence-based. There are so many great benefits of increasing activity, it helps protect your brain, so you stay sharp, keeps your body moving easily and over time can reduce pain and tiredness. Active Lives was designed by people aged 65+ who know what it’s like to face challenges with staying active.
To try Active Lives for yourself click here:
Here’s what people said about the University of Southampton’s Active Lives website:
“it’s very clear and easy to use. It’s very helpful.” A, 80
“Well, it keeps you going. It pushes you in the right direction. I am not at all athletic, not even athletic minded, but it pushed me to actually start doing things.” J, 74
Please register and have a look at the website and their exercise at home programme. Even though you may be more active now that restrictions have eased, it’s good to do some exercise every day to keep active and maintain mobility, strength and balance and it’s good for your mental health as well.
If you are interested in attending a Step by Step Better Balance session then please contact Clare on 01473 345350. We have sessions running around Ipswich, Walton/ Felixstowe, Woodbridge and Leiston.
We’re very happy to reveal that we’ve been chosen for Green Token Giving scheme at Asda Stoke Park. This amazing opportunity could be vital in helping us to continue our outreach and community work over the next few months. Voting is online and you can choose to give your green token to ActivLives, by doing so, your help could mean we receive £500 from the Asda Foundation.
ActivLives work includes running sports sessions, hosting singing clubs, Better Balance sessions and our ActivGardens which includes the People’s Community Garden and the Chantry Walled Garden. It’s a huge breadth of activities that aims to help isolated and lonely people who otherwise would struggle to engage with their community. You can see a flavour of our work in the community in our image above, it shows just a tiny amount of what we do and how we try and keep the community active and engaged.
You might be wondering how to vote for us online, well it’s super easy! Just head to asda.com/green-tokens type in Stoke Park into the box which says ‘select your local Asda store’ and then vote for ActivLives/ActivGardens.
The Green Token scheme is open right now and runs until Saturday 31 July so make sure to vote and then tell all of your family and friends to vote too. Everyone at ActivLives would like to thank you for your kind support and your vote to help get us to that £500 donation!
Get voting now and don’t forget we’re listed as ActivLives/ActivGardens: asda.com/green-tokens
The East Anglian Daily Times and the Ipswich Star have set up a brand-new initiative called Cash 4 Charities. It’s a campaign created to support local charities that have been hit by the pandemic and ActivLives has signed up. There’s a chance for us to receive a share of £20,000 but we need your help!
Everyday from now until Saturday 3 July the newspaper will print a token and all you need to do is to cut it out and save it for when you next attend an ActivLives session and give it to whoever is running your class or session. If you have collected some tokens but aren’t attending any sessions then you can post them to the ActivLives offices.
Our address is:
Brightspace, 160 Hadleigh Road, Ipswich, Suffolk IP2 0HH
The £20,000 donation money will be distributed amongst all the charities that have signed up to the scheme but the more tokens that we are able to collect means that we will receive a bigger share of the £20,000.
It’s a great way for you to support ActivLives over the next few months and to help us to continue delivering sports sessions, outreach work and gardening activities, so we’d like to say a huge thank you if you are able to collect the Cash 4 Charities tokens for us.
You can read more about the scheme on the East Anglian Daily Times website: