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 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:

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:

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.