Fantastic news…

Fantastic news…

Julie Stokes ActivLives CEO was on the Mark Murphy BBC Radio Suffolk show this morning 16/3/22, as ActivLives was shortlisted for the High Sheriff Awards – East of England Co-op – Supporting the Isolated Award. ActivLives was shortlisted with two other amazing organisations Suffolk Libraries and Go Start Community Transport.

The joint winners were ActivLives and Suffolk Libraries and commiserations go to Go Start Community Transport. It was an honour just to be shortlisted and amazing to be a joint winner. Everyone at ActivLives would like to thank the panel, Suffolk Community Foundation, High Sheriff – Edward Creasy and BBC Radio Suffolk – Lesley Dolphin and Luke Deal for their support and we look forward to receiving the Award on the 28 March.

Julie Stokes said ‘ This Award is for all the staff (past & present), our wonderful volunteers, all our members and sponsors, who in very challenging times carried on delivering a very different type of services to make sure people were safe, had food and were still connected by zoom sessions, phone calls, 1-2-1 sessions and activities, on-line plant sales and working in bubbles at our Community Gardens to help people get through the pandemic and not feel alone or isolated.  I am very proud to be the CEO of this organisation and that we have been recognised for the services and activities that we deliver to very vulnerable people living in Suffolk. Congratulations to all the organisations and individuals that were shortlisted and to all the winners.’

ActivLives has been shortlisted for High Sheriff Awards 2022

ActivLives has been shortlisted for High Sheriff Awards 2022

ActivLives has just heard some brilliant news – we have been shortlisted for the Suffolk Community Foundation – High Sheriff Awards 2022.

There were 130 nominations and we have been shortlisted with two other organisations for the East of England Coop – Supporting the Isolated Award. The other amazing organisations are Go Start Community Transport and Suffolk Libraries.

The shortlisted organisations will find out who has won the different Awards when The High Sheriff of Suffolk, Edward Creasey announces the winners on BBC Radio Suffolk from 8.45am on the 16 March. The awards show will be hosted by BBC presenters Lesley Dolphin and Mark Murphy and Tim Holder from the Suffolk Foundation.

Julie Stokes CEO said “ I nominated ActivLives, because I wanted to thank all the staff, freelance staff, volunteers and Trustees (past and present) for the passion, commitment and experience they have bought to the organisation over the years and be publicly recognised for the work that they do each day to support very vulnerable people and adults at risk in the community, including the resilience they have shown through the COVID-19 pandemic. The last two years has been extremely stressful and challenging and is still challenging, but everyone pulled together, not only to make sure our members and volunteers were OK, but that the team were OK as well.”

The pandemic and lockdowns had a huge impact on the charity and everyone involved including the volunteers, members, carers and families.

Julie Stokes added, “Winning an award would also recognise what our members / carers did to support each other, carers helping other carers with shopping etc, and how well they have coped with everything that has happened. We sadly lost members to Covid-19 and through the loss of routine and purpose, so winning an award would also remember them and their involvement with ActivLives over the years.”

ActivLives would like to congratulate all the individuals, groups and organisations who have been shortlisted in this year’s awards. You all do a fantastic job supporting others in the community.

To see the other nominations visit

Below are a selection of photos from Summer 2021, when the High Sheriff visited the ActivGardens People’s Community Garden project.


The High Sheriff visits the Cress Pavoilion. He strands in the doorway and admires the room. Bunting can be seen hanging across the ceiling and there is a dark wooden floor. Tables and seats can be seen around the edges of the room
The High Sheriff visits the Active Gardens, he stands and talks to one of the staff members. He is surrounded by plants and behind him are two big poly tunnels

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 (

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: or call our dedicated team on 0800 232 1951.