Vote for Us!

Vote for Us!

Dear Friends and Supporters of ActivLives


Aviva has selected our EverydayActiv project in Ipswich to go forward for voting, to support and develop our much needed activities in Ipswich, which we know you all love to attend.

We need you, your friends and families to register and cast your vote online so we have an opportunity of winning.

You can use up to 10 votes per person to support our project.

Voting closes at midday 20th November 2018.

If we get enough votes we have an opportunity to win £10,000 to support our much needed activities in Ipswich.


Please do share this with your friends, families and neighbours to help us win.

Thank you for your support.

All of us at ActivLives

New sessions added to the ‘Everyday Activ’ programme in Ipswich

New sessions added to the ‘Everyday Activ’ programme in Ipswich

The ‘Everyday Activ Ipswich’ initiative, run by ActivLives and supported by Ipswich Borough Council, is aimed at getting more of us active and it seems to be working!

Kurling is just one of the many inclusive sports activities on the ‘Everyday Activ’ programme!

“We already have a variety of activities on our weekly programme including walking football, boccia, new age kurling, ping pong, badminton and yoga”, said Mike McCarthy, from ActivLives. “The sessions are very sociable and great fun, that’s the whole point really, it’s the social element that keeps people coming back! Most, although not all, of the participants on the programme are over the age of 55, some are into their 70’s and 80’s. It really is brilliant to see.”
The new sessions, which will all be starting in November in Ipswich, include a new kurling group, an additional yoga class for beginners and an exercise class with a difference.
If you would like to find out more about the ‘Everyday Activ’ programme and how you can get involved, please contact ActivLives on 01473 345350, email or visit the website at

ActivIpswich Community Games 2018

ActivIpswich Community Games 2018

The 40 participants competed in a variety of adapted sports including kurling, boccia, badminton, short-mat bowls, petanque, short tennis and table tennis. “By ‘adapted sports’ we mean sports, or versions of sports, that have been changed to make them more accessible to a wider range of people”, explained Mike McCarthy, Everyday Activ-Ipswich Project Manager. “The ActivLives ‘Everyday Activ’ programme, is all about making it possible for more people to get involved in sport and physical activity, even those who think that sport isn’t for them.”
“The Games have been a great success, with a lovely atmosphere created by the participants, who really got into the spirit of things.”

ActivLives would like to thank all of the participants and particularly the great volunteers who helped to make this event happen.
The Everyday Activ-Ipswich initiative is an ActivLives programme which is a partnership with Ipswich Borough Council. New sessions are about to be added to the autumn programme including kurling, yoga and low impact exercise and games.
If you would like to find out more about the Everyday Activ sessions and how to get involved, please contact ActivLives on 01473 345350 or email at

Special Olympics badminton returns to Suffolk

Special Olympics badminton returns to Suffolk

The Special Olympics Eastern Region Badminton Tournament, which is being organised by Special Olympics Suffolk with the support of ActivLives and the Suffolk County Council ‘Most Active County’ initiative, will be held in Ipswich on Saturday 12th May.
“Special Olympics is sport for athletes with an intellectual disability and is the third element of the Olympic movement together with the
Paralympics and of course the Olympics themselves”, said Terry
McEntee, Chairman of Special Olympics Suffolk.
“This tournament will provide a great opportunity for our players in
Suffolk to compete against Special Olympians from across the country”, said Mike McCarthy from ActivLives and Special Olympics Suffolk.
The tournament, which will be a doubles competition, will serve as one of the last opportunities for selected players to prepare for the Special Olympics GB Anniversary Games which are being held in Stirling, Scotland this August.
The forthcoming competition in Ipswich will be restricted to players who are registered with Special Olympics GB, “We would love to get more
Special Olympic badminton players involved across our county”, said
If you would like to find out more about how you can play badminton with Special Olympics Suffolk, please contact Mike McCarthy on 01473
345350 or email

New date for ActivLives Showcase Event coming up in Ipswich

New date for ActivLives Showcase Event coming up in Ipswich

ActivLives has re-scheduled the Showcase Event that it is holding at the Salvation Army Priory Centre, Queen’s Way, Ipswich IP3 9EX. The original event had to be postponed due to the recent snow, the new date is now Thursday 22nd March.
The event, which is being held between 10.30am-2.00pm, is targeted at anyone over the age of 45 (there is no upper age limit!), and who would like to get involved with some accessible physical and sports activity.
The programme will include a variety of tasters including New Age Kurling, Ping Pong, New Age Bowls, Yoga and the Paralympic sport of Boccia.
There will be a yoga taster class in the morning and a Boccia demonstration from local GB Paralympian, Evie Edwards in the afternoon.

“We would encourage anyone who would like to have a go at something new, to come along”, said Mike McCarthy, ActivIpswich Project Manager. “This is inclusive physical activity that anyone can get involved with, you definitely do not need to be ‘sporty’ to enjoy getting active!”
All of the sports and activities at this event can be carried out either seated or standing, including the yoga taster.
This free event is being held in a fully accessible venue and includes a light buffet lunch. If you would like to book your place and lunch, please call ActivLives on 01473 345350.

If you would like to know more about any of the programmes that are offered by ActivLives, please call 01473 345350 or have a look on the website at

The Great East Run

The Great East Run

What is the Great East Run?

The Great East Run is a mass participation half marathon. Participants will run a 13.1mile course in and around the Ipswich area.  Suffolk County Council, in partnership with Suffolk Sport, is funding an outreach programmes to support 50 participants living in Suffolk to take part in the Great East Run on 16th September 2018.


What is the outreach programme?

The outreach programme is targeted at physically inactive adults (doing less than             30 minute’s moderate to vigorous physical activity per week).  It challenges those taking part to undertake regular weekly training to prepare for and take part in a half marathon.  In doing so it aims to create long term behaviour change and support individuals to become more active for life.


Who’s the programme for?

To be considered for the programme participants will need to:

  • be aged 18 or over at the start of the programme
  • live in Suffolk
  • be inactive at the start of the programme (doing less than 30 minutes moderate to vigorous physical activity per week)
  • commit to attending regular, weekly training sessions for 4 months in Ipswich between May and September 2018
  • in addition to the weekly training sessions commit to at least one further training session per week
  • be available on 16th September 2018 to participate in the Great East run in Ipswich
  • contribute £30.00 towards the £300.00 cost per participant.

What will participants get?

  • Entry to the Great East Run
  • Entry to the Ipswich Twilight 10k
  • Weekly training sessions, for 4 months, with two qualified coaches supported by double Olympic long distance runner Paul Evans
  • Exclusive discounts on running gear and gait analysis at Coes, Ipswich


How to get involved

Register using the following link:


Further information

Contact the programme coordinator, Carol Lukins by email: or phone: 07955 735514.


This programme is delivered in partnership by Sport England, Suffolk Sport, Suffolk County Council and Coes, Ipswich

Helping Suffolk to become England’s most active county