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




Help us raise £500 through the Asda Green Token scheme

Help us raise £500 through the Asda Green Token scheme

We’re very happy to reveal that we’ve been chosen for Green Token Giving scheme at Asda Stoke Park. This amazing opportunity could be vital in helping us to continue our outreach and community work over the next few months. Voting is online and you can choose to give your green token to ActivLives, by doing so, your help could mean we receive £500 from the Asda Foundation.

ActivLives work includes running sports sessions, hosting singing clubs, Better Balance sessions and our ActivGardens which includes the People’s Community Garden and the Chantry Walled Garden. It’s a huge breadth of activities that aims to help isolated and lonely people who otherwise would struggle to engage with their community. You can see a flavour of our work in the community in our image above, it shows just a tiny amount of what we do and how we try and keep the community active and engaged.

You might be wondering how to vote for us online, well it’s super easy! Just head to asda.com/green-tokens type in Stoke Park into the box which says ‘select your local Asda store’ and then vote for ActivLives/ActivGardens.

The Green Token scheme is open right now and runs until Saturday 31 July so make sure to vote and then tell all of your family and friends to vote too. Everyone at ActivLives would like to thank you for your kind support and your vote to help get us to that £500 donation!

Get voting now and don’t forget we’re listed as ActivLives/ActivGardens: asda.com/green-tokens

Has your world turned upside down?

Has your world turned upside down?

Yep, so has ours! But we are gradually getting our ActivSport programme back on the road. We have recently re-introduced Lawn Bowls, Walking Football, Boccia and Yoga sessions back onto the growing list of returning activities. All of these sessions have Covid-19 measures in place to help to keep us all safe.

There are places available on all of these activities, so if you fancy having a go at something new, or coming back to an activity that you used to do, check our website at https://activlives.org.uk/activsports/activsports-events/ or contact Mike on 07531 236442. We would love to hear from you!

Evie is on her way to Tokyo!

‘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

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: