Specialist Hubs

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

ActivFriends

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, ActivFriends, 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.

WANT TO JOIN US?

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 Hub 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

A FRIENDLY COMMUNITY HUB FOR CARERS AND FORMER CARERS

 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-12.30pm
  • Cost: £5.00 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.

 

WANT TO JOIN US?

Volunteers and new attendees are very welcome. For more information call Julie Stokes on 01473 345350 or email julie@activlives.org.uk 

Men’s Breakfast Hub

A community hub for men to meet up and have a chat over a cuppa and bacon roll

Do you want to try something new? Are you feeling isolated or lonely, does life feel like a struggle? Would you like to meet some likeminded people and have an informal chat over a cuppa and a bacon bap? Our friendly Breakfast Hub offers a friendly, safe environment for discussion and advice from qualified staff, volunteers and outside agencies.

The Breakfast Hub is a great opportunity to link into many other ActivLives activities. A social, confidential support group for men aged 45 and over.

We are hosting a free taster session on 9 March, 10:30am-12pm at the Cress pavilion, come along to discover more about the hub and how you can shape its future! Contact Alison on 01473 345350 or email alison@activlives.org.uk to register you interest.

The Men’s Breakfast Hub

  • Day: Open every Wednesday
  • Time: 10:00am-12pm
  • Cost: £2.50 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.

WANT TO JOIN US?

Volunteers and new attendees are very welcome. For more information call Alison Pearson on 01473 345350 or email alison@activlives.org.uk

 

ActivHearts Ladies Hub

A social health and wellbeing group for ladies aged 55+

ActivLives is delighted to announce the launch of our new ActivHearts Ladies Hub in October 2022 to be held at the Cress Pavilion, Halifax Road, Ipswich.

The hub will offer the opportunity to explore women’s personal health and well-being, supported by qualified staff, volunteers and outside agencies. We are initially looking at a Small Focus Group to:

– Direct and develop the project
– Help design, promote & publicise the hub
– Encourage women aged 55+ and over to get involved and improve their health and well-being.

To get involved call Alison on 01473 345350 and register your interest.

Funded thanks to a Heart Research UK Healthy Heart Grant

 

 

 

The Healthy Heart Research UK Logo. There is a heart shaped logo in red and purple colours and the words Heart Research UK are place next to it in purple writing.

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.

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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.