Specialist Hubs

Friendly community hubs for people living with Dementia, Carers & Former Carers

Friday Friends

Friendly community Hub for people living with dementia and their carers.

Do you live in Whitton, Whitehouse or Castle Hill areas of Ipswich and are caring for someone living with Dementia?
Would you like to participate is a friendly and fun social session, together with like-minded people?

If the answer is yes, then why not come and join our friendly group, Friday Friends, a weekly community hub and meet other, local people in a relaxed environment, with tea & biscuits and a fun activity to take part in.

You will also enjoy a freshly cooked, home-made 2 course lunch, with refreshments.

Every Friday
10:30am – 2pm
£7.50 per person
Whitehouse Baptist Church Hall, Waterford Road, Ipswich, IP1 5NW

The hub is supported by staff and volunteers who are happy to have a chat and provide advice if needed. 


Volunteers and new attendees are very welcome. For more information call Alison Pearson on 01473 345350 or email Alison on alison@activlives.org.uk
We run the Cafe every Friday at Whitehouse Baptist Church – or go to the ‘ActivHubs Events’ page to find out more.

A community led project, funded by the NWIBLT Senior Citizens Group in partnership with ActivLives

Elderflower Community Hub


 Do you have caring responsibilities for an older family member or has your caring role ended and you feel a bit lost?

Why not come and join us at our friendly Elderflower Hub, where we offer you the opportunity to meet other carers and former carers in a relaxed environment, with a cup of coffee, a piece of cake, and a fun activity!

 You’re also welcome to bring along the person you care for.

 Seated Dance

 The hub offers a variety of activities, including a weekly seated dance session to music. This 40 – minute session, is a great way to introduce people to fun, safe and an enjoyable way to exercise, particularly for those people whose mobility is limited. It can help increase confidence, improve strength and co-ordination, and is a great way to progress to standing exercise for those who can. We occasionally have a visit from other qualified instructors who deliver falls prevention OTAGO sessions for variation or inclusive sport activity like Boccia.

 Weekly Activities

 Our activities differ on a weekly basis, from quizzes, outside entertainment, table-top gardening to sing along sessions. We have also been very lucky to have local nature photographer Alex Bass visit us, presenting his slideshows.

The Hub

  • Day: Open every Thursday
  • Time: 10am-12pm
  • Cost: £3.00 per session
  • Venue: CRESS Pavilion, Halifax Road, Ipswich, IP2 8RE

The Hub is supported by staff and volunteers who are happy to have a chat and provide advice if needed.



Volunteers and new attendees are very welcome. For more information call Gina Cristallino on 01473 345350 or email Gina on ginaactivchoirs@gmail.com

Due to the COVID-19 restrictions the Elderflower Hub is currently closed, but will open again as soon as we can.



Our Staff

Alison Pearson

ActivLives Community Engagement Officer & Friday Friends Co-ordinator

Having worked in the commercial world in sales and marketing for many years, in London, Wiltshire and North Yorkshire, I moved to Suffolk in 2001 and met my husband and stayed in this lovely county.

I decided to completely change industries in 2013 as I had always wanted to work in the charity sector, and enjoyed success in services promotion and fundraising for other local charities before starting my role in October 2017 as Community Engagement Officer for ActivLives, which I am delighted about.

I like the challenges of a blank canvas, meeting new people and making a difference, working in the local community is my dream role, which I really enjoy and every day is so different. I can honestly say I love my job and the work that ActivLives does in Ipswich and throughout Suffolk makes such a difference to people’s lives, something I see every day. 

When I am not out and about I like to relax at home in Woodbridge with my husband, dog, and friends. I love any excuse to cook and love to experiment with new recipes from all over the world, Suffolk is such a great county, a foodie’s paradise and I feel very privileged to work and live here.


ActivLives is a local charity, which relies on grants, trusts, donations, fundraising activities, sponsorship & commissions to enable us to provide & develop our services across Ipswich & Suffolk.