Supporting World Mental Health Day

Supporting World Mental Health Day

ActivLives supports World Mental Health Day. Sunday 10 October is the day that we are being asked to support the campaign to help raise awareness of the importance of mental health, for all of us.

One of the initiatives this year is the ‘Big Mental Health Get Together’. The Big Mental Health Get Together is all about creating a supportive environment for people to reconnect and to talk about mental health if they want to. ActivLives strives to promote positive mental health in a number of ways including: hosting a wide variety of positive physical and social activity sessions in supportive environments, providing mental health awareness support and training to our staff and volunteers, working closely with local mental health providers, supporting local and national mental health campaigns.

Find out more about World Mental Health Day at World Mental Health Day 2021 – Mental Health UK (mentalhealth-uk.org)

National Fitness Day

National Fitness Day

National Fitness Day 2021 is being held on Wednesday 22nd September and gives us all at ActivLives a great opportunity to celebrate the vital role that physical and social activity plays in all of our lives. ActivLives provide a variety of activity options on a weekly basis across east Suffolk, including Better Balance classes, Walking Football, Badminton, Boccia, New Age Kurling, Yoga, Bowls and, of course, our Community Gardens!

If you would like more detail have a look at our website at www.activlives.org.uk and/or contact us directly on 01473 345350.

Priority Services Register for Anglian Water

Priority Services Register for Anglian Water

The Priority Services Register provides free practical support to a range of people who might need extra help due to varying factors including age, ill health or disability. This includes families with young children or those with caring responsibilities.

The wide range of support services includes:

  • Sending bills in alternative formats
  • Proactively contacting our customers in the event of an incident and if necessary, supplying bottled water to them
  • Helping read our customers water meters if they’re unable to do it themselves
  • Protecting our customers against bogus callers and scams with our password scheme
  • For our customers whose first language isn’t English, we can communicate through over 3000 languages using an interpretation service & also Sign Language.
  • We have our knock and wait service, for our customers who need a little extra time to get to the door

For customers to find out more about the Priority Services Register and to sign up, visit: anglianwater.co.uk/priority or call our dedicated team on 0800 232 1951.

100 cheers for 100 years

100 cheers for 100 years

All of our Thursday mornings at the Elderflower hub are a pleasure to run however last week was a very special one…….

We celebrated the birthday of one of our members Mary who turned 100! What an honour it was to share this eventful day with her. It was great to hear the room filled with laughter and to watch members laugh and dance together.

We asked Mary the secret behind reaching 100, she told us we must worry less, drink in moderation and do not smoke, wise words to us all.

Mary served in the second world war working with the royal artillery regiment. She said the biggest changes she has seen over the last few decades are fashion, music and technology.

We were very lucky to be entertained by the wonderful Andy Otley who pays tribute to Elvis Presley. The group loved his melodic tones, and we had a good sing along to well know favourites. One of our lovely volunteers made Mary a delicious birthday cake and she was surrounded by cards, flowers and gifts on this special occasion.

Take a look at our photo gallery below to see more of the celebrations. (Click the images to make them bigger)

Elderflower Hub makes a return!

Elderflower Hub makes a return!

It has been wonderful to welcome back our Elderflower Hub, who started back in June this year and our groups are currently meeting on alternate weeks in two groups until we can unite back together as one.

We have been busy exercising , playing bingo with a difference and this week we had a go at floristry making some flower baskets. Next week we are reintroducing a light brunch and will be munching away on bacon rolls, we have missed having a natter over a cuppa!

We are also looking forward to a performance by Andy Otley at the end of July and will soon be welcoming back Alex Bass with his specialist nature sideshows .

We cannot currently accommodate any new members due to space however we will let you know as soon as this changes .

ActivLives meets Active Lives!

ActivLives meets Active Lives!

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:

https://activelives.lifeguidehealth.org/player/play/activelives

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.