Charity joins with local garden centre to help schools grow

Charity joins with local garden centre to help schools grow

ActivLives’ gardening project is taking ‘Get Gardening’ kits into schools in and around Sudbury with the support of Perrywood garden centre.

The kits contain vegetable seeds, a bag of compost, an indoor cress-growing activity, and wildflower seeds and clay to make seed balls or “bee bombs” to encourage children to grow their own vegetables and wild up forgotten patches of ground for the benefit of wildlife.

Project Officer Beverly Baker said: “Over the past year it has been difficult to engage with the community as we normally would have done. We planned to work with a number of primary schools in the park, but this has not been possible. So in a bid to collaborate in different ways, we decided to share some gardening skills and exciting activities with schools directly.”

Tudor Primary in Sudbury, Pot Kiln Primary in Great Cornard and Lavenham Primary were pleased to receive the boxes and will be keeping in touch to let ActivGardens know how their pupils’ growing skills are progressing.  ActivLives is one of Perrywood’s charities of the year, raising funds for ActivGardens ‘Grow Your Community’ project in Sudbury and Great Cornard and supporting community growing through donations of plants, seeds and equipment.

  • Belle Vue Park volunteers will be returning to the park in April. Please get in touch with ActivLives on 01473 345350 or email Project Officer Beverly Baker if you’d like to join in.

For more information on ActivGardens services, please contact Fundraising and Development Manager Susannah Robirosa  Or call ActivLives on 01473 345350.


Notes to editor ActivLives delivers innovative and impactful health and well-being programmes to communities of high deprivation in Suffolk. We work in collaboration with the NHS, Public Health Suffolk, local authorities, voluntary services, schools and other agencies, feeding into local, regional and national strategies, ensuring our services address the needs of the community and partner groups. ActivLives encourages everyone, of any age or capability, to lead an active, healthy lifestyle, through volunteering, work experience, learning and training at our community gardens and outreach projects, market and café, ‘Men’s Shed’, health walks, seated/standing exercise, lunch clubs and community events.


Message from Julie Stokes, CEO

Message from Julie Stokes, CEO

In light of the current outbreak of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, ActivLives is following strict government guidelines. Our main office at Brightspace closed on Monday 23rd March 2020, with all staff working remotely and continuing to do so until it is safe to return.

As many of you are aware, events and face-to-face meetings have had to be cancelled or postponed. All of our falls prevention sessions, inclusive sport activity, singing groups, Lunch Clubs, specialist Hubs, Health Walk, ActivSheds and our Sudbury Garden Project  have had to close and our Community Gardens at Maidenhall Allotments and Chantry Park are also closed to the general public.

All our projects are on hold at the moment and will re-start as soon as it is safe to do so. We will be keeping in touch with our members and volunteers by phone to make sure they are alright and if they need any help.

I would like to thank all of our Staff, volunteers and also our Freelance Staff for their dedication and support during this difficult time. We hope that our volunteers and Freelance Staff will be able to return very soon to start-up all our fantastic activities again, when it is safe to do so.

We want people to stay connected and as active as possible while they are having to self-isolate at home, so please visit our website  for up to date information and participate in a variety of activities that will keep your mind and body active over the coming weeks. There are exercise videos that can be done safely at home –, weekly quizzes, singing videos on our Facebook page –  and we are currently working on a fun reminiscence, arts and photography project. So please have a look at the ActivLives website and Facebook page.


ActivLives will be up and running as soon as we can and we hope that everyone stays safe and well in these unprecedented times.

Best wishes

Julie Stokes

CEO ActivLives

🚨 COVID-19 Hub Closures 🚨

🚨 COVID-19 Hub Closures 🚨

Due to the risk of Coronavirus, we have been advised by the NHS to close all of our hubs this week.
Some venues have decided to close before we could have this weeks session, but we’re trying our best to let all members that it effects know.

ActivGardens is currently unaffected. If anything changes, we will try and let all members & volunteers know ahead of time.

If you have any queries, please call us on 01473 345350.

“We’re all going on a Summer Holiday!”

“We’re all going on a Summer Holiday!”

As our long-term members would know, most of our hubs have a break in the summer.
This lets you all have a bit of a break – as well as our staff!

The instructor will tell you when the last session is, and when the first one back is – but here’s a handy list just in case you forget!


Goldcrest Court 12th August 2nd September
St Mary Stoke 6th August 3rd September
Oasis Lunch Club Closed on 27th August and 24th September
Rushmere 13th August 3rd September  
Morecambe Court 14th August 4th September
All Hallows 15th August 5th September
St Thomas 15th August 5th September
California Club 15th August 5th September
Meeting Place 15th August 5th September
Dundee House 16th August 6th September


Walton 13th August 3rd September
Stowmarket 17th July 21st August
Leiston 4th September 18th September
Felixstowe 3rd August 7th September




If you can’t find your hub, or have any other queries – be sure to give us a call on 01473 345350.

Vote for Us!

Vote for Us!

Dear Friends and Supporters of ActivLives


Aviva has selected our EverydayActiv project in Ipswich to go forward for voting, to support and develop our much needed activities in Ipswich, which we know you all love to attend.

We need you, your friends and families to register and cast your vote online so we have an opportunity of winning.

You can use up to 10 votes per person to support our project.

Voting closes at midday 20th November 2018.

If we get enough votes we have an opportunity to win £10,000 to support our much needed activities in Ipswich.


Please do share this with your friends, families and neighbours to help us win.

Thank you for your support.

All of us at ActivLives

Debenham ActivHub ready for the new year ahead…

Debenham ActivHub ready for the new year ahead…

On Thursday 11th January, Julie Stokes, ActivLives CEO, presented members with their own New Age Kurling Kits, funded by SCC Councillor Matthew Hicks and Suffolk Community Foundation Suffolk Rural Fund. The two kits include Kurling Stones, pushers and target mats.

Julie Stokes said, “It’s fantastic to see that Debenham ActivHub is growing and that members now have their own New Age Kurling kits to use every Thursday. This is a fun inclusive sport, which anyone, of any ability can take part in. It can be done standing, sitting and from a wheelchair and the group is also a great way to socialise and meet and make new friends.’

If you are 50 plus and want to get out and brush off the winter blues, then why not join the group and have a go. Members meet every Thursday at the Debenham Community Centre, Gracechurch Street from 2pm – 4pm. The session costs £4.50 and this includes refreshments. It’s a great fun game, creates lots of laughter and certainly brings out the competiveness in people. Glenn Bartholomew is the qualified ActivLives facilitator, who attends alternate weeks to support and introduce new members to the group and the activity. There is always time-out for a cup of tea / coffee and a chat.

New Age Kurling is a new form of the original curling game, but has been adapted so that it can be played indoors on any smooth, flat surface rather than on ice. It is a sport that requires participants to deliver ‘stones’ from one end of the court to a target at the other end of the court, either with the help of a pusher or by hand. The target has red,white and blue concentric circles and scoring is determined by the number of stones closest to the centre of this target. To ‘spice’ things up there are different types of targets, various games you can play, you can even play Kurling Golf.


The ActivHub is also invited to take part in competitions with other Kurling groups in Ipswich and other ActivLives Hubs in Eye, Stowmarket and Lakenheath.

The ActivHub is open to people living in Debenham and surrounding villages. If you would like to attend then please contact ActivLives main office on 01473 345350. If you need help with transport then please let us know and we will do our best to find a volunteer driver or member to get you there.