Health and wellbeing

Funding level: £5,001 to £10,000


We are seeking funding for our ActivHubs project, which is our successful Otago strength and balance exercise and social activity programme, run across Ipswich, designed for older people.

The funding will help to cover project and equipment costs and enable new development in areas, which lack services for older people.

Our Otago programme is a physical and social lifeline to older people, particularly those who have already had a fall and those at risk of falling due to muscle or joint impairment and has a huge community benefit at all levels, with a total of 4,533 attendances during 2016 – 17.

The sessions help to build people’s confidence, which they often lose after a fall; keep people independent longer, particularly with daily living skills; improve balance, strength, mobility and stamina, we also provide information or signpost people to other appropriate services such has sight, hearing, incontinence nurses, housing, benefits, CAB’s etc. We support people living with Dementia and their Carers; we have many people with multiple long-term health conditions, Parkinson’s disease, MS, Heart Disease, COPD, Type 2 Diabetes and many different Cancers.

So, the support we provide is much wider than just the person attending an exercise session, we offer a holistic approach, working with the individual, as well as those caring for them.

Falls and fractures in people aged 65 and over account for over 4 million hospital bed days each year in England.

Harmful falls, including 70,000 hip fractures annually, are the leading cause of accident-related mortality in older people.

After a fall, an older person has a 50 per cent probability of having their mobility seriously impaired and a 10 per cent probability of dying within a year.

Falls destroy confidence, increase isolation and reduce independence, with many older people who fall becoming afraid to leave their homes in case they fall again.

An OTAGO exercise programme can reduce falls by as much as 54 per cent.

Health Benefits
‘To stay healthy, it is recommended that older adults do regular aerobic and muscle-strengthening activity and that people at risk of falls e.g. with weak legs, poor balance and some medical conditions, should exercise to improve balance and co-ordination on at least two days a week. This helps maintain mental agility, reduces the risk of conditions such as diabetes, helps people carry out their daily living activities and reduces the risk of falling. With an aging population, encouraging sustained physical activity is becoming increasingly important, helping people stay independent for longer and reducing healthcare costs.’
Denise Kendrick – NHS National Institute for Health Research Sept 2016

Our activities change and improve people’s lives:
‘I had a stroke 12 months ago at the age of 84. The class has helped me improve my balance, which means that I can now attend a gym twice a week. This regular exercise helps with my recovery.’

‘I had not heard of ActivLives before my GP recommended them after my last fall in September 2016. I have found the activities particularly helpful and very encouraging.’

‘Has given me the confidence to join and take part in activities and to try new things.’

‘Realising that other people my age experience similar problems. I like being given exercises that I can do at home.’

‘Helping to keep me fit enough to carry on with normal living.’

‘I really enjoy coming to ActivLives as I’ve met new friends. It helps me to get out and about and gives me a purpose.’

‘I have made lots of new friends since joining, plus one old friend I hadn’t seen for 60 years.’

Our activities include time for social interaction, refreshments and a chat. This gives participants time to make new friends and develop social networks outside of our activities. Members look out for each other, with shopping, transport, support each other attending doctors or hospital appointments or going on holidays.


Moment of Pride

We bring communities together, with daily, physical & social activities for older people who are feeling lonely, isolated and forgotten about. We go the extra mile, ensuring all our participants and volunteers feel, included, valued and heard.

ActivHubs is about laughter, exercise, fun & cake!

Location: Ipswich