Time to Talk Day 2024

Time to Talk Day 2024

Thursday 1 February 2024 is Time to Talk Day, it’s the nations’s biggest mental health conversation. Happening every year, it’s a day for friends, families, communities, and workplaces to come together to talk, listen and change lives.

Much of ActivLive’s activities and projects focuses on helping to improve people’s mental health and to reflect that today is ‘Time to Talk Day’ we asked a few of our staff members to write us a sentence or two about how their activities can help people living with mental health problems.

ActivSport Manager Mike:

‘Sport and physical activity can be a great way of focussing on something positive. You get caught up in the moment (in a good way!), whilst playing the game, it leaves you feeling great afterwards.’

To find out more about our ActivSport programme please click here  

ActivGardens Manager Susannah:

‘Getting into the Great Outdoors is a wonderful way of making you feel better – doing some gardening, getting involved in nature conservation, or simply taking a walk or sitting in a green space listening to the birds or chatting to other people. We offer all this at ActivGardens’

As one volunteer said: “You leave your troubles at the gate.”

  • Gardening In Mind – Free course supporting mental wellbeing starts NEXT week – Find out more here
  • Beekeeping starts up in April – Find out more here

To find out more about ActivGardens please click here 

ActivCommunity Support Worker Moira

The final word goes to Moira who is our new ActivCommunity Support Worker:

‘Its good to feel joy, happiness and laughter with others. Socialising with others or joining in with a new activity is good for the mind and body.’

You can find more about Time to Talk Day here

Boccia Tournament coming to Ipswich

Boccia Tournament coming to Ipswich

The next ActivLives Inclusive Boccia Tournament is coming soon to Gainsborough Sports Centre in Ipswich. The event, which is being held on Saturday 2 March, is for any player with a recognised disability (physical, sensory or intellectual).

All of the athletes will be playing in divisions based on their boccia ability and level of experience. Players who are relatively new to the sport, will be amongst the competitors. The event is being delivered in partnership with Special Olympics Suffolk, and has been sanctioned by Special Olympics GB.

For further information take a look at out Entry Pack here: https://activlives.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2024/01/Entry-Pack-Boccia-Tourney-Ipswich-March-2024.pdf

The closing date for entries is Friday 16 February. If you would like to find out more, please contact Mike on 07531 236442 or email mike@activlives.org.uk

Time to Talk Day 2024

Happy New Year from ActivLives

Everyone at ActivLives would like to wish you a Happy New Year!

We’re back up and running for 2024 and it would be lovely to see you at one of our activities. There are loads of different things to choose from so if you wanted to get involved in some sport, improve your balance, join a singing session or take on some gardening duties why not take a look around our website to find out more and then get in touch with the office to chat with the team!

A BIG THANK YOU goes out to all ActivLives volunteers who help keep our activities and gardens running across the organisation. We hope everyone had a lovely break and now we are all systems go for the New Year. And of course, not forgetting a few of the staff and Trustees getting together to celebrate the end of the year and looking forward to an even better 2004.

ActivSport – https://activlives.org.uk/activsports/

ActivHubs – https://activlives.org.uk/activhubs/

ActivSinging – https://activlives.org.uk/activsingers/

ActivGardens – https://activlives.org.uk/activgardens/

To get in touch give the office a call on 01473 345350.

Here’s to a fantastic 2024, may it be filled with plenty of fun, new friends and fantastic new experiences!

The ActivLives Inclusive Badminton Tournament

The ActivLives Inclusive Badminton Tournament

The ActivLives Inclusive Badminton Tournament was held recently at Gainsborough Sports Centre in Ipswich. The event, delivered in partnership with Special Olympics Suffolk, was a tremendous success with 27 competitors from inclusive groups in Suffolk and Wimbledon.

The format consisted of four divisions, where players competed in doubles and singles groups in a round-robin format. The day concluded with a team relay event, with all of the players involved.

“The response to this tournament has been brilliant. It is great to see so many people, with a learning disability, getting involved with the sport of badminton in Suffolk”, said Mike McCarthy, ActivSport Development Officer.

Many thanks to our brilliant team of volunteers and also to our supporting partners Special Olympics Suffolk, Special Olympics GB, Suffolk Community Foundation Sports Fund and the Postcode Places Trust.

If you would like to find out more about getting involved with badminton for players with a learning disability, please call ActivLives on 01473 345350 or email mike@activlives.org.uk


AGM 2023 Photos

AGM 2023 Photos

Thank you everyone who enjoyed the AGM last week.
It was a lovely afternoon and great to hear the charity is in good shape. Once the formal part of the meeting was completed we were entertained by our amazing ActivSingers, who sung a fantastic medley of songs that really entertained the crowds. We also heard some wonderful stories from our members about how ActivLives has helped them stay connected and active in their communities!
ActivGardens set up a plant stall so guests also got the opportunity to grab a few plants to brighten up their gardens. Plus there was some delicious cake and a chance to catch up over a cuppa!
In total 141 people attended this year’s AGM and most people will agree it was a lovely afternoon. Take a browse through our photo album below to see a few photos from the day.