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 (mentalhealth-uk.org)

Short-mat bowls returns!

Short-mat bowls returns!

We had a great summer season at Kesgrave Community Centre and now, as the weather changes, the ActivBowls group are ready to return to playing indoors. The group have not been able to return to their usual venue of Gainsborough due to the un-availability of the hall, which is still being used as a Vaccination Centre. However, we are able to bring our session across town to Whitton Sports Centre, starting on Tuesday 12 October. Many thanks to the Sport Centre staff at IBC for all of their support in helping this group get back to activity.

Please check our Calendar for more details about the session HERE

Boccia is Back: Celebrating National Boccia Day

Boccia is Back: Celebrating National Boccia Day

There was a great atmosphere in the hall earlier this week, as 36 participants, from across Suffolk, came together to take part in the ActivLives Boccia Festival in Ipswich, in celebration of National Boccia Day 2021.

The event was supported by players from a variety of partner organisations including Avenues East Ipswich and Stowmarket, Wots Up, Papworth Trust and Mid-Suffolk Axis

The day also had star quality as Ipswich-based, Evie Edwards, recently returned from representing Paralympics GB in Tokyo, was on hand throughout the event to meet players and to present the awards.

A big ‘thank you’ must go to all of our great volunteers who gave their time, skills and energy to make it all happen. Thanks also to Special Olympics Suffolk, Active Suffolk, SCC and IBC, for their support with this event.

If you would like to know more about Inclusive Boccia with ActivLives, call on 01473 345350 or email mike@activlives.org.uk

Disability Badminton Festival in Cambridge

Disability Badminton Festival in Cambridge

A group of our ActivLives Inclusive Badminton players went over to Cambridge recently, to play in the Disability Festival as part of the Badminton England ‘Big Hit’ initiative. Our group of 10 players, were brilliantly supported by family members. The ‘Big Hit’ initiative has been an attempt to capitalise on the successful Paralympics Badminton in Tokyo. We ran a ‘Bring a Guest’ session earlier the same week which was also part of the ‘Big Hit’.

A  big thank you to all who supported these events. If you would like to know more about our Inclusive Badminton group, please contact Mike on 07531 236442.

National Fitness Day

National Fitness Day

National Fitness Day 2021 is being held on Wednesday 22nd September and gives us all at ActivLives a great opportunity to celebrate the vital role that physical and social activity plays in all of our lives. ActivLives provide a variety of activity options on a weekly basis across east Suffolk, including Better Balance classes, Walking Football, Badminton, Boccia, New Age Kurling, Yoga, Bowls and, of course, our Community Gardens!

If you would like more detail have a look at our website at www.activlives.org.uk and/or contact us directly on 01473 345350.

Returning Sports with ActivLives

Returning Sports with ActivLives

After a summer break we’re thrilled to be bringing back several of our ActivSport activities, now is a great time to get out and enjoy some sport. See below for what sports are returning, the dates below are when they begin but you can join in at any point on the calendar so don’t worry if you’ve missed the first few sessions. All sessions are run in line with the latest Covid-19 guidelines (Hands-Face-Space-Fresh Air) and we always love to welcome new participants.

  • Walking Football outdoors at Gainsborough Sports Centre – Thursday 2nd September 10.30am
  • Kurling & Boccia – Saturday 4th September at Walton Community Hall 1.00pm
  • Health Walk in Christchurch Park – Monday 6th September 11am
  • ActivBadminton – Tuesday 7th September at Whitton Sports Centre 2.00pm
  • ActivYoga – Wednesday 8th September at Landseer Road Methodist Church 1.15pm (Booking required)
  • Inclusive Badminton for players with a learning disability – Wednesday 8th September at Suffolk New College 3.45pm
  • ActivBoccia – Thursday 9th September at Whitton Sports Centre 10.30am

You can see all the current sports sessions on our ActivSport Calendar HERE