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Activity Opportunities in Cambridge
there is a range of opportunities for physical activity. The information
below outlines a few that are supported by the mental health community:
These are low-cost or free groups specifically for people with mental
health needs and include tennis, yoga, football and gym sessions. Groups
take place in community sport and leisure venues and some are supported
by mental health professionals while others are lead by qualified
instructors, coaches or sports leaders. Service users do not need a
referral to access these opportunities and there is support available if
you do not wish to go alone.
More detailed information about these groups can be found on the City
Council website, or by downloading the Invigorate leaflet. Visit:www.cambridge.gov.uk/getactive and select the invigorate/Hopebridge
The programme is expending and we welcome your ideas about new
activities. For an informal chat about the programme contact the Sports
Development Team on (01223) 457532.
This comprehensive booklet contains information about all of the
physical activity projects that Cambridge City Council runs and supports
plus generic information about City based sports organisations, clubs
and societies. Information on swimming pool and recreation ground
provision, plus information on physical activity events and provision
for those with special needs, can be found in this booklet. Visit www.cambridge.gov.uk/citysport for more information or contact the
Sports Development team on 01223 457532 to receive your own copy.
The ‘Forever Active’ Scheme has on offer over 50 exercise / sport
sessions for the over 50 age group taking place within Cambridge City.
There are sessions on offer to cater for all abilities from chair based
sessions for people with mobility problems to activities for the more
active such as dance, aqua aerobics, exercise to music, Yoga, Pilates,
T’ai Chi (see below), Fitball (exercise class on stability balls), Golf, Nordic
walking and Rowing.
To get your copy of the Forever Active brochure contact the Sports Team
on 01223 457532 or take a look at the website www.forever-active.org.uk
Exercise Referral programme
For those who want a more structured, regimented approach to physical
activity, exercise referral schemes are available throughout
Cambridgeshire. These schemes are generally 12 weeks long and require
participants to attend either group or individualised activity sessions
on a regular basis, as well as attend reviews at both mid-way and end
points. Costs are subsidised by the local authorities that run the
You can be referred by your GP, or any other health professional,
including mental health staff member who is registered to refer on to
the scheme (registering as a referrer is very easy).
More detailed information about the City and South Cambridgeshire
schemes can be found at www.cambridge.gov.uk/startup or contact 01223
457532 for information on the City scheme or 01954 212042 for
information on the South Cambridgeshire scheme.
These are free, open to all and run frequently around the county. For
more information on your local health walks scheme, visit:www.wfh.naturalengland.org.uk/walkfinder
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