Evie is on her way to Tokyo!

Evie is on her way to Tokyo!

Evie Edwards, Paralympian, holds a ball in her right hand and aims a shot during a Boccia game at an ActivLives session.

Confirmation of the GB Paralympic team for Tokyo has recently been announced. We are very proud that Ipswich athlete, Evie Edwards, has been selected to represent Great Britain, once again, in the BC4 classification. Evie continues to be a great friend to ActivLives, helping us to promote the great sport of boccia on many occasions.

All of us at ActivLives send our very best wishes to Evie and wish her all success in Tokyo. Come on Evie!

If you would like to try the sport of Boccia, then the good news is that ActivLives are currently running weekly Boccia sessions in Ipswich and Felixstowe/Walton

You can find out more about what’s involved and how to get playing by clicking HERE




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 .

Job vacancy – ActivGardens Operations Officer

Job vacancy – ActivGardens Operations Officer

  • £14 per hour (approx. £27,375pa).
  • 37.5 hours per week
  • Initial fixed term contract for 12 months, with any extension subject to continued funding.

ActivLives is seeking a motivated, qualified, passionate and experienced person to supervise and co-ordinate its thriving, busy community gardens and outreach projects with two sites in Ipswich and a project in Sudbury.

ActivLives is now looking to appoint a full time ActivGardens Operations Officer to oversee the day-to-day operations of our two main sites, including the supervision of freelance staff and key volunteers and acting as the lead in Health and Safety matters.

You will:

  • have a commitment to bringing the benefits of gardening and horticulture to a wide range of people, responding to the charity’s core themes of improving health and well-being, providing opportunities for new learning, and helping build communities
  • enjoy working with people; recruiting and leading teams of volunteers to work across our sites, while helping them develop personally in their role
  • have sound practical sense, excellent organisational skills, and attention to detail. A good sense of humour and ability to remain calm and focused on a busy site is essential.

Experience of managing diverse teams of different ages, abilities and life experiences, will be an advantage.

If you have the skills and enthusiasm, this is a fantastic opportunity for someone who wants to work in an outdoor environment to support the ‘growing’ of both people and plants.

Visit our website: www.activlives.org.uk/activgardens for more information about ActivGardens and the wider charity ActivLives.

Full details of the role and responsibilities are included in the attached Job Description, but for an informal chat about the post, please call Susannah Robirosa, ActivGardens Fundraising and Development Manager on 07530 407302.

Download the Job Description : 0405 Job Description – ActivGardens Operations Officer – ActivLives

Download the Application Form: 0405 Application Form – ActivGardens Operations Officer – ActivLives

Please email completed application forms to cynthia@activlives.org.uk or post to ActivLives, Brightspace, 160 Hadleigh Road, Ipswich IP2 0HH (FAO Cynthia Glinos).

Interview date: 5 July 2021.

Thank you to Sudbury in Bloom!

Thank you to Sudbury in Bloom!

ActivLives staff and volunteers were happy to receive a water bowser kindly donated by Sudbury in Bloom, to keep Belle Vue Park well-watered over the hot Summer months.

It was fantastic to meet the Mayor Sue Ayres, who kindly attended the hand-over over the water bowser. It’s going to a huge help to the team at Belle Vue Park in order for them to keep the garden area looking lovely and luscious for the people of Sudbury.

Our thanks gores to Sudbury In Bloom for the kind donation!

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:


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.

Thank you to Clarke and Simpson

Thank you to Clarke and Simpson

Everyone at ActivLives would like to say a huge thank you to Clarke and Simpson for a generous donation of £400 which will go towards the continuation of our community work.

Clarke and Simpson are a Suffolk based Estate Agents and Auction House who have kindly for chosen us as one of their charities to support this year, and have donated £400 to our organisation. We are very grateful for for the support, which in turn enables us to support those people in the local community who access our services.

To find out more about the work of Clarke and Simpson you can visit their website here https://www.clarkeandsimpson.co.uk/