Next week is ‘Move Suffolk Week’ and to help to celebrate this we are holding our ‘ActivFriends Week’.
We are involved with several events next week including:
Saturday 18th May (10-4pm), Special Olympics Eastern Region Badminton Tournament at Gainsborough Sport Centre, Ipswich, IP3 0SP. The third hosting of this event in Ipswich with competitors coming from as far afield as Exeter, Lincoln, Birmingham, Southampton, Bournemouth, London and Scotland. There will also be a strong Suffolk team competing for the medals. Please note – this is for spectators only as entries are now closed for this event. Refreshments will be available.
Monday 20th May (11-12), ActivLives Health Walk in Christchurch Park, Ipswich, IP4 2BX. 45-60 minutes comfortable walking in this beautiful town park. Meet at the Soane Street entrance at 10.45am. The group is approximately 25-30 in number – this is a great way to get some exercise, enjoy the park in spring and meet some lovely people. FREE – New participants welcome.
Tuesday 21st May (4.30-6), Inclusive Boccia Taster at Gainsborough Sport Centre, Ipswich, IP3 0SP. This event is particularly aimed at anyone over the age of 14, who has a learning disability and would like to try this great sport. FREE to new participants.
Wednesday 22nd May (10-3), The Golden Games at Whitton Sport Centre, Ipswich, IP1 6LW. This event is focussed on promoting well-being through memories. Helping to tackle dementia, depression, loneliness and isolation through sport and physical activity. Activities available include: Ping Pong, Kurling, Boccia Seated Dance and Short Mat Bowls. FREE – all welcome. (Flyer attached to this email).
Monday 20th-Friday 24th May (inclusive) ActivLives ‘ActivFriends Week’. All this week ActivLives are inviting new participants to come and try one of their weekly inclusive sport and physical activity sessions held in Ipswich as part of the Everyday Activ-Ipswich programme. All of these sessions are particularly targeted at those who are over 50 years old (no upper age limit!), who don’t currently exercise regularly. Activities include Beginners Yoga (Mon/Weds), Short Mat Bowls (Tues), Badminton (Tues), Ping Pong & Short Tennis (Weds), Boccia, (Mon/Thurs) and Walking Football (Thurs/Fri).
All of these sessions offer a free taster to new participants throughout this week.
We have hubs all around Ipswich and into Suffolk where we run weekly exercise sessions to help prevent falls, and to keep you physically and mentally fit. The video shows you 6 exercises you can do at home, but we like to bring people together to exercise as a group, and then sit down with a cuppa and have a nice chat, making some new friends along the way!
Give us a call on 01473 345350 and we’ll tell you where your closest hub is!
This is a great way to meet and make long lasting friendships, take part in fun activities that help to improve balance and mobility and have a chat over a cuppa.
Lindsay Bennett, ActivAgeing Manager said, “This is a new ActivHub opening up in the town centre for people 45 plus. Many people find it difficult to join in activities, due to physical problems, loss of confidence or barriers like transport and this can often lead to people becoming depressed, lonely and cut off from their community. To help people keep healthy and in touch with others, ActivLives has opened a number of ActivHubs across Ipswich and Suffolk to enable people to meet and make new friends and provide activities that help to reduce falls and keep people mobile and independent. Other support organisations and health professional will be invited to come and talk to members at the centre to look at ways in which people can improve their health and wellbeing. At the first session, Anglian Community Enterprise will be holding free health checks.’
If you would like to become a member or volunteer with ActivLives, need more information or assistance to attend any of ActivLives services please call the main office on 01473 345350. If you would to find out more about the health check and book your health check call 0800 022 4524.
ActivIpswich in partnership with Oddfellows presents:
New Age Kurling & Boccia 5 week taster course.
Come along and try out a new take on classic Olympic sports.
Both activities are playable by anyone and everyone. Both can be played seated.