• Women’s Drop-in Coffee & Chat is a safe and supporting space for female domestic abuse survivors to talk with others and find out what help is available. Taking place on Wednesday mornings at Stowmarket Community Centre, Hillside, IP14 2BD from 10am – 12pm. For more information call 0330 5519495 or email:

    Safe Space for female domestic abuse survivors

  • ActivFriends  If you are a carer for someone who has dementia, a physical health condition or just feeling isolated at home then ActivFriends from ActivLives may be the answer. This friendly group is a great way to make friends, enjoy fun activities and a 2 course lunch in a safe, relaxed space. Taking place on Fridays from 10.30am – 2pm at Whitehouse Baptist Church Hall, Waterford Road, Ipswich, IP1 5NW. For more information call Alison Pearson on 01473 345350 or email,uk

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  • Unscene Singers Workshop  Unscene Suffolk are running a weekly singing workshop for anyone who is visually impaired and loves to sing. Taking place every Monday from 2pm – 4pm at the New Wolsey Theatre, Civic Drive, Ipswich, Suffolk IP1 2AS. For more information or to book a place, contact Emma via email:, or call 07712 006852 to leave a message.

    Unscene Suffolk Visual Impaired singing group

  • Livability Icanho specialise in acquired brain rehabilitation for adults and they have are running a Free NEURO Café starting on 12th September at Icanho, Chiltern Way, Stowmarket, IP14 1SZ  You can drop in any time between 10am – 12pm.  Further 2024 Dates: 10th October, 7th November, 5th December 2025 Dates: 9th January, 6th February, 6th March, 10th April, 8th May, 12th June, 10th July, 14th August.

    Livability Icanho

  • The Good Grief Trust brings together all the bereavement services together in one place. It provides support and reassurance to help for people affected by grief and bereavement. For more information on available support visit The Good Grief Trust website

    Help & Support with Bereavement

  • The Menopause & Me Project from Suffolk Libraries in collaboration with Suffolk Mind provides information, support and advice for people who are experiencing the menopause & perimenopause and raises awareness and understanding of the impact menopause can have on them. The project aims to encourage local employers to sign a pledge to support their employees experiencing the menopause & perimenopause. Support people with lived experience of the menopause to help develop ways of supporting themselves and others. Create a range of free resources that are designed to support employers and people who may be affected by the menopause. For more information on the project visit the Suffolk Libraries website or email the project co-ordinators at

    Suffolk libraries and Suffolk Mind project

  • Well Minds Booklet  East Suffolk Council have created a ‘Well Minds’ booklet which has lots of information and advice that aims to help you, your family, friends and your community with mental health and to ensure that everyone has access to supportive information and available resources they may need. Click on the image to view the booklet.

    East Suffolk Council Well Minds

  • Health & Wellbeing Walks Feel Good Suffolk in partnership with Ramblers UK are offering over 70 free organised walks across Suffolk. A regular walk can help you manage health conditions, build stamina, improve your sleep, boost your energy and mood and lower anxiety & stress. The Wellbeing walks are led by volunteers and offer a safe space for people to get together, walk, meet new people, explore new walking trails and become more active. Find out more on the Feel Good Suffolk website

    Health and Wellbeing Walks

  • Community Memory Assessment Service (CMAS) provides an assessment and diagnosis of mild to moderate memory problems. It is carried out locally for patients convenience and is often at a GP surgery. Their customer service team offer confidential advice, support and information to help answer any questions you may have on the service. CMAS can be contacted on 01473 296194 and the customer service team on 01603 421486 or by email at

    Ipswich & EEast Suffolk Service

  • Carers Q & A Email  The Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust have set up a dedicated email for carers, friends and family members of someone who is receiving support from them or a professions supporting carer. If you have any questions that you would like answered you can email them at You can also email them for details on carers groups or go to the NSFT website

    Carers email and website

  • Autism & ADHD Lifestyle Zone is an inclusive space that helps support you to make each day easier. The Lifestyle Zone offers resources and support to help you to create a lifestyle that enables you to thrive . With access available to a Facebook group that allows you to connect and talk with others. Join the Lifestyle Zone on the  Autism & ADHD website or scan the QR code on the image below.

    Autism Support

  • The Exchange is a new monthly ‘Men’s Meet Up’ which is starting on Monday, 4th July. It is taking place from 7.30pm – 9.30pm at the Diss Youth and Community Centre. Shelfanger Road, IP22 4EH. For More info contact Gary on 07714 100032

    Men's Support group in Diss

  • A Free Digital Just Can’t Wait Toilet Card is now available from the The Bladder and Bowel Community and can be downloaded on to your smartphone.  The card will allow you access to use toilets that are not normally available to the public and is is widely accepted restaurants, cafe’s, shops, entertainment centres and many businesses.  If you don’t have a smartphone you can order a plastic card by post for £2.95.  Click on the images below to find out how you can get a digital card or plastic card.

    Bladder and bowel community Bladder and Bowel Community

  • Move Your Mind Programme is a Free activity based 10 week supportive referral programme to improve your emotional and mental wellbeing for those aged 16 and over.  The programme is a combination of activities to improve strength, balance & co-ordination and a ‘Tea & Talk’ discussions on mental health topics.  Taking place at Mid Suffolk Leisure Centre on Thursdays at 10.15am and on Wednesdays at 1.30pm at Stradbroke Swim and Fitness Centre.  To book your place contact 07564 587366 or email

    supports the improvement of mental and physical wellbeing.

  • Sporting Memories Sessions are free session for those aged 50+ who are living with dementia, depression or facing isolation and loneliness.  The sessions are happening on Wednesdays from 10.15am – 11.45am at the Mid Suffolk Leisure Centre, IP14 1LH.  Session include gentle exercise, guest speakers, improve metal health & wellbeing and refreshments are provided.  Booking is not required but if you would like some more info contact 01449 674980

    people aged 50-plus, including those living with dementia

  • Hand in Hand Social Clubs  The Suffolk Hearing Advisory Service are a running a ‘Hand In Hand’ social club in Lowestoft, providing activities and socialising for people with dual sensory loss. Taking place on the first Monday of every month from 11.30am  – 1.30pm a the Lowestoft & District Deaf Society, Blackheath Road, Lowestoft, NR33 7JGFor more info contact Christine 01502 717697 or 01473 286060 or

    Monthly Social in Lowestoft

  • Armed Forces Veteran Card  If you served in the UK armed forces as a regular or in the reserves in the Royal Navy, Army, Royal Air Force (RAF) or Royal Marines, you can apply for an HM Armed Forces Veteran Card as it is a way to prove that you served in the UK armed forces. The card can make it quicker and easier to apply for support as a veteran. Click on the link for more information on the benefits of the card and to find out if you are eligible: Apply for an HM Armed Forces Veteran Card – GOV.UK ( If you need help applying contact the Veterans UK Helpline on 0808 191 4218 (Mon- Fri 8am – 4pm) or email: 
    Armed Forces Card

  • Music In Our Bones aims to overcome isolation across Suffolk by bringing people together through joyful song. They have created 9 health and well-being singing communities in Ipswich, Bury and Lowestoft as well as two on-line communities.  Reaching out to people who are  managing life with Parkinsons’, Stroke, MS, dementia, anxiety, depression, bereavement and recovery from enduring mental health issues. Click on the image to view the full list of available workshops. To book your place contact Tracy Sharp on 07757809297 or email

    singing wellbeing

  • Trans+ Support Service   THE OUTHOUSE  & the NHS are offering a new bespoke support service throughout Suffolk and North East Essex for individuals aged 16+ across multiple formats.

    • To transgender
    • Non-binary
    • Gender questioning
    • Support for carers/family
    • Support & advice about de-transitioning.

    For more information on the service contact

    NHS The Outhouse Trans Support Service

  • Mildenhall Men’s Shed – Every Tuesday between 10am – 12pm the group meets at the Mildenhall Social Club, Recreation WayMildenhall, IP28 7HG and it is a good opportunity to meet & talk with others and play games.  There  is a workshop where you can build items for the local community.  Tjere os a cost of £2 per session for tea & biscuits.  For more information on the group contact Colin Daultrey:

    Men's Group

  • f you live in and around Eye, Communities Together East Anglia are hosting free weekly activities on Thursdays at the Michael Burke Wellbeing Centre (IP23 7BH). For more information call 01449 707030.

  • Wednesdays with Wellbeing Roadshow 2024 will be taking place at a variety of locations across Suffolk throughout the year. For more information and venue details visit the  ‘Community Events’ page on the NHS Wellbeing Suffolk website or email:

  • Learning Disability Annual Health Check if you are aged 14 years or over you can register on your GP surgery’s learning disability register and you will be invited to attend a free annual health and with a free health action plan. For more information contact your GP Surgery or the Liaison Nurses via email:

  • Reconnect with Nature The Cheshire Wildlife Trust has produced a free ‘Wilder Wellbeing’ guide which has plenty of ideas to help you connect with nature at home or outdoors.  Nature can help to boost your health and wellbeing, whether it is listening to your garden birds or taking a walk.  You can download your free digital copy from their website today.

    Whildlife Trust Wilder Wellbeing

  • Fit Villages Project aims to provide physical activity sessions for adults aged over 55 in rural locations throughout Suffolk to makes a real difference to local communities by bringing people together to socialise, have fun and become more active. Find out more about the Fit Villages Project by clicking on the image below.  To register your villages interest you can visit their website,  email Janet Lawrence or call 07557 633724

    Fit Villages

  • Get Me Out The Four Walls was created to ensure that no mother, father or carer feels alone and isolated at home after the birth of their children. Via informal social meets Get Me Out the Four Walls aim to give as many people the opportunity to escape their house and meet others to help prevent the on-set of parental mental illnesses such as postnatal depression, and to help aid stabilisation of mental health.
    They strive to support parents that are struggling with a mental illness by offering peer support and postnatal depression-specific social meets delivered by our friendly non-judgemental ambassadors. Get Me Out The Four Walls was created to ensure that no mother, father or carer feels alone and isolated at home after the birth of their children. By creating informal social meets we aim to give as many people the opportunity to escape their house and meet others which we believe helps prevent the on-set of parental mental illnesses such as postnatal depression, and helps aid stabilisation of mental health. There are Facebook groups for events and support: Get Me Out The Four Walls Norfolk | Get Me Out The Four Walls Suffolk GMOTFW PND Group or you can make further enquiries by emailing them.

    Get Me Out The Four Walls web image and logo

  • Dedicated cancer helpline relaunches. Designed to support patients with a cancer diagnosis during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic the helpline has been relaunched by East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust (ESNEFT) and is available to anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer and has questions about their care. All calls will be answered by experienced staff, who will answer questions wherever possible. If patients call with a clinical query, the call handler will either signpost them to their own clinical team or ask the team to contact the patient directly. The helpline is available from 9am to 4pm on Monday to Friday. Ipswich patients should call 01473 703008, while Colchester patients can ring 01206 745330.

    ESNEFT cancer helpline banner

  • Befriending Scheme – Mindful Mondays is a safe and supportive space for women who are struggling with low level mental health issues, providing an opportunity to connect with nature and each other at the Friends Community Farm  in Assington near Sudbury.  For further information and a referral form email:

  • FREE support and advice on how you can be more active in your local area?  The Active Wellbeing Service delivered by Active Suffolk is designed to support older adults (age 50+) who are currently inactive to find physical activity that suits their needs. With the support of one of their Physical Activity Advisors, you will be able to discuss your motivations to get active, different options that are available locally to you and overcome any barriers, issues or concerns you might have. The service is focused on you as the individual, and their Advisors aim to find the right physical activity option for you.  

    You will be signposted to physical activity opportunities in your local community which have been checked by our team to ensure they are safe and appropriate. These range from health walks to gentle exercise classes, falls prevention, Fit Villages projects and even adapted sports. Home/online exercise options are also available.  The Active Wellbeing Service is currently available to residents of the IP1 area of Ipswich and to patients of the following GP surgeries: Bildeston Health Centre, The Constable Country Rural Medical Practice, Hadleigh Health Centre, Holbrook and Shotley Surgery and Needham Market Country Practice.   To find out more please visit: Active Suffolk – Active Wellbeing Service  Or call the Active Suffolk team on 01394 444605 

    Active Wellbeing Service promotional Flyer

  • Activities Across Suffolk  Suffolk Libraries are advising of  a selection of active & creative activities across Suffolk.  To find the full listings of activities, go to the Suffolk Libraries website.

    Suffolk Libraries Activities Across Suffolk

  • SPOT Wellbeing offers support to adults over 50 in Suffolk to improve and maintain mental and physical wellbeing through occupational therapy, physiotherapy and wellbeing interventions. This non-profit organisation offers all sessions for FREE, and these range from exercise plans, walks, gardening, relaxation sessions, to healthy living plans and more. There are a number of ways you can self-refer to SPOT Wellbeing:

    • Tel: 07598 678505
    • Email:
    •  Via their Website
    • Direct message on their Facebook page 
    • Referral from your GP, social worker, social prescriber or health professional.

    Spot Wellbeing booklet photo

  • Health and Happiness. We can take a look at what makes us happy and how we can promote happiness in ourselves and others. Action for Happiness suggests this article with top tips from positive psychology expert, Vanessa King.

    Article advising top tips for health and happiness by Vanessa King

  • NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme Type 2 diabetes is a condition where your blood glucose (sugar) level is higher than it should be and many people don’t know enough about the condition or how to prevent it. If you are at risk there are lots of small changes you can make to your lifestyle to prevent diabetes from developing.  If you are in the high risk category you can join the free NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme to help you reduce your chances of developing the condition.  Across Suffolk, the local Diabetes Prevention Programme provider is Xyla Health & Wellbeing and there are 3 different way to access the programme:

    • The first is via a direct referral from your GP following a blood test which indicates pre-diabetes.
    • You can refer yourself onto the programme following an eligible blood test from your GP taken within the last 24 months via the NHS website You will need your NHS number, GP surgery name, blood test result & date in order to register.
    • You can take the short questionnaire called  Know Your Risk  on the NHS website and if your score is moderate to high risk you will be automatically be redirected to the NHS website where you can sign up for the programme However this option is only available until 30th September 2021.

    For more information:  Email:  or go to the the NHS Preventing Diabetes website

    NHS Diabetes referral sheet

  • Suffolk Walking Trails Walking is a great way to exercise and is good for the mind & body. Suffolk is filled with natural beauty, glorious coastline to enjoy while you walk. It has plenty of great trails to discover, whether you prefer the countryside, the coast or a route which takes in historic houses, pretty villages or observing birds & wildlife.  If you would like some guidance on where you can go All Trails has some good ideas from easy circular walks to longer routes. has a advice for the county’s best coastal walks. has produced a walking map of Suffolk that is free to download and print at home.

    Pexels woodland walk image

  • Independent Age Anxiety Guide Are you feeling anxious about mixing with other people again? Independent Age has produced a handy guide helping people to recognise the signs of anxiety and to learn where to get support. It is natural to feel worried about the relaxation of restrictions and there are some really useful tips and helpful advice available. The guide can be downloaded from their website, or printed copies can be ordered for those who would prefer them. You can contact their helpline on 0800 319  6789.

    Independent Age Couple and logo photo

  • For older people who might not be online. Not all older people have access to  digital resources. Manchester University‘s Keeping Well At Home booklet offers information and advice on physical and mental wellbeing during Covid 19. Share, download & print for those who cannot.

    Manchester University Keeping Well at Home booklet

  • Keep fit and active indoors even if the gym is closed or your walking or running group has had to suspend activities. If you have a Smart TV and Broadband you can access apps on there to practise a new daily exercise. How about a form of yoga that suits you?

    Try these home fitness workout videos from NHS Fitness Studio. Take your pick from 24 instructor-led videos across aerobics exercise, strength and resistance, and pilates and yoga categories.

  • Sporting Memories Club  If you like to talk about sport, there is a new Free weekly Sporting Memories Club for people to enjoy reminiscing about sport.  Each session will be on a different sport or have a guest speaker.  it is ideal for anyone feeling isolated, living with dementia, depression and long term conditions.  Taking places every Thursday at the Mildenhall Hub, Sheldrick Way, Mildenhall, IP28 7JX from 1pm – 3pm. For more information visit their website  Alternatively you can email  or call 01284 757473.

  • Dance Exercise Classes. Want to get moving at home? There are a variety of Live Dance Exercise Classes online. Our wonderful friends at DanceEast have light dance exercises that are great for raising morale, and reducing the negative effects of inactivity and inevitable boredom! There are classes for tots under 4 years, children, teens, over 16s and chair based exercises, spanning creative dance, ballet, contemporary, pilates and yoga, so why not take a look at the classes via their YouTube Channel.

    Dance East logo. Move. Be moved.

  • Keep fit and active indoors even if the gym is closed or your walking or running group has had to suspend activities. If you have a Smart TV and Broadband you can access apps on there to practise a new daily exercise. How about a form of yoga that suits you?

    Try these home fitness workout videos from NHS Fitness Studio. Take your pick from 24 instructor-led videos across aerobics exercise, strength and resistance, and pilates and yoga categories.

  • Mental health support for young people If you are finding it tough at the moment and would find it helpful to speak to someone, there is help and support available for you by contacting the organisations below.

    Mental Health contact numbers for young people

  • Have you been spending more time on your phone or laptop as a result of Covid-19? Phone usage is up by about 30% from pre pandemic levels. Whether it’s during a lockdown or as we adjust to new norms, you may have been spending more time on your device/s. Compare The Market: Guide to Screen Addictions and Responsible Digital Use offers insights into screen reliance, responsible digital device use, the impact of Covid-19 on our digital behaviours and suggestions of healthier ways to tackle any unhealthy cycles. Could screen-time habits be interfering with your life, or the wellbeing of yourself, your child or someone you know?

    image of hands holding a mobile phone

    The page also offers useful links to other articles such as those by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health with helpful infographics and guides for parents & families, advice on ‘digital detoxing’, and using a device’s own reporting system to monitor ‘digital wellbeing’.

    infographic illustrating children's view on digital screen time

    For practical online safety advice, information and guidance to help reduce the risks of using the internet, take a look at Suffolk Safeguarding Partnership and e-safer suffolk. These sites offer great resources to help keep children, young people, families and vulnerable adults safe whilst online.

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