‘Boccia is back’ with ActivLives

‘Boccia is back’ with ActivLives

You know that things are gradually getting back to how they were before Covid-19, when the boccia balls come out once again!

ActivLives have recently re-started their regular boccia sessions, with Avenues East, in Ipswich and Stowmarket. The sessions have been adapted to meet all of the current Covid-19 requirements including ‘Hands, Face, Space, Fresh Air’.

The group sessions are tailored specifically for players who have an intellectual (learning) disability, which is why they are able to get back to play, in-line with the ‘grassroots sport for athletes with a disability’ exemption, as part of the current Covid-19 guidelines.

“Avenues East Daytime clubs have been lucky enough to have Boccia and Kurling sessions, led by ActivLives, for quite a few years now. It really is a highlight of our month. The progression in everyone, as a result of these sessions, is phenomenal and the fun and camaraderie is priceless”, said Louise Powell, Avenues East Project Coordinator.

If you would like to know more about playing boccia with ActivLives, call Mike on 07531 236442 or email mike@activlives.org.uk

Visit the ActivLives plant nursery this Spring

Visit the ActivLives plant nursery this Spring

Enjoy a Spring outing to ActivLives plant nursery in Chantry Park, Ipswich, on Tuesdays and Thursdays 10am to 2pm.

Our dedicated team of staff and volunteers will be on hand to guide you safely round this community-run heritage site and help you pick something special for your garden or community green space from our wide range of perennials, bedding plants and annuals.

If you can’t visit us when we are open, you can order via our online plant catalogue www.activlives.org.uk/activgardens. Just download an order form and email over with your choices. We will then be in touch to arrange delivery.

In buying from us, you are supporting our charity, which helps local people build stronger, healthier communities and enables people of all ages and abilities to live full and active lives.

We do our bit for the environment too – growing varieties which are bee and butterfly-friendly to attract pollinators to your garden, and using environmentally friendly methods and peat-free compost. Customers can return our pots, trays and labels to us to use again to cut down plastic wastage (we only accept our pots, as other returns can become a waste issue for us).

All our plants are grown at ActivGardens as part of projects to nurture skills and build confidence.

  • For fresh produce and preserves and honey from our bees, please contact Beverly Baker at our Community Garden on Maidenhall Allotments beverly@activlives.org.uk
  • For more information on our projects and activities, and an update on how ActivLives projects are safely reopening, please click HERE
National Gardening Week at the People’s Community Garden

National Gardening Week at the People’s Community Garden

Last week was National Gardening Week and the team down at the People’s Community Garden were very busy (as they always are!), they had great fun planting tomato plants and celebrating the enjoyment, fun and relaxation that working in the gardens can bring.

The team took some photos of their work and have shared them here for everyone to take a look at. The pics below certainly show why getting down to the gardens is really beneficial and helps to boost creativity and wellbeing.

Inclusive Badminton is back!

Inclusive Badminton is back!

The ActivLives Inclusive Badminton group, based in Ipswich, is now back playing weekly as part of the gradual return to activity for our ActivSport programme. The session, which is targeted at adults who have a learning disability, is able to return indoors as part of the Sport England and Badminton England Covid-19 guidelines for disability groups.

‘Almost all of our players have felt able to return to play, it is absolutely brilliant to see them back,’ said Mike McCarthy, ActivSport Project Manager. ‘We have obviously had to make some changes to how we run the session as a result of Covid-19, including operating smaller groups to help ensure that social distancing requirements can be complied with.’

If you are interested in getting involved with this group, contact Mike on 07531 236442. Please note that due to Covid-19 restrictions, participation in these sessions must be pre-booked.

Cash 4 Charities… we need your help!

Cash 4 Charities… we need your help!

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:


Still zooming…

Still zooming…

Our Activsingers are still Zooming every two weeks, singing together online and also logging on at the weekend for a fortnightly quiz which has been very popular.

Its now been over a year since we have all sung together in the same room, however we are hoping to get together in the late Spring and sing outside together. We will keep you all posted!