Active Living

supporting people to move more

Active Living from Abbeycroft Leisure in partnership with

NHS West Suffolk
Most Active County
Allied Health Professionals Suffolk

Become active, feel part of the community, improve confidence and feel healthier

Active Living is a unique, award winning Exercise Referral scheme designed to support people to increase their physical activity levels and improve their health.

Experience instructors will support you through a programme of activity lasting either 12 weeks or 24 weeks, depending on your referral route, with follow-on options availabale for everyone.

The programme covers a wide range of health conditions including:-

  • Anxiety
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Osteoporosis and more 
  • Overweight or obesity

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Would you like to move more and feel better?

If you have a long term health condition, you should first seek a referral from your GP, clinician or practitioner. If you are eligible, you will then be referred to us, and you may be entitled to FREE access to one of the programmes.


Safe referral guidelines - please note before completing the referral form

Self referrals:
If an individual wishes to self-refer, you would need to first consult your GP/clinician/health professional and request that they refer via our online referral form

Community Therapists:
Is independent when mobilising (this includes walking with an aid – walker / stick / crutch)
Independent transfers from normal chair
Cognitively able to follow basic instructions
Housebound patients excluded

Orthopaedic Physiotherapist:
Is at least 6 weeks post-op
Does not require further Physiotherapy
Is independent when mobilising (this includes walking with an aid – walker / stick / crutch)
Is infection clear / scar healed

Pulmonary Physiotherapist:
Clients must have attended a Pulmonary Rehabilitation programme, or have attended Respiratory Physiotherapy


Referral Contraindications:

  • Unhealed surgical wounds
  • Resting systolic blood pressure ≥ 180mmHg and/or diastolic blood pressure ≥ 100mmHg.
  • Uncontrolled/unstable angina
  • New or uncontrolled arrhythmias
  • Uncontrolled resting tachycardia ≥ 100bpm.
  • Unstable diabetes
  • Unstable/acute heart failure
  • A recent (within last 6 months) significant change in a resting ECG, recent myocardial infarction or other acute cardiac event.
  • Acute/uncontrolled psychiatric illness.
  • Symptomatic hypotension/patient experiences significant drop in BP with exercise.
  • Experiences pain, dizziness or excessive breathlessness during exertion.
  • Febrile illness
  • Active foot problem, e.g. ulceration
  • Established cerebro-vascular disease
  • Any unstable/uncontrolled condition
  • Advanced cancer & end of life
  • Patient is under the age of 16 years

Where possible, high risk patients should be referred to specialist exercise rehabilitation e.g. Cardiac or Pulmonary Rehabilitation. Otherwise, the procedure for dealing with high risk clients is as follows: All conditions must be stable and controlled.

The following conditions will need further advice from the referring medical professional prior to starting;
– Drug Addiction
– Schizophrenia

Each client and their conditions will be assessed on an individual basis. Only when sufficient information has been received can an informed decision be made on the individual’s case. The GP remains medically responsible for the client.

What to do next if you have one of the above contraindications:

Please speak to your health professional before you self refer or start to take part in physical activity. They will provide documentation to show that you are suitable to exercise safely, and then you can use this form to self refer onto our programme.

By filling in this form you consent to Abbeycroft Leisure contacting you by telephone and email with information about your referral and your information will be shared with an exercise professional at your local facility..

We take your privacy seriously and will only use your personal information to provide you with the products and services you have requested from us.
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Contacts for the Active Living team

Tel. 01284 757481 Bury St Edmunds Town/Rural
Tel. 01638 782520 Brandon
Tel. 01638 782520 Mildenhall
Tel. 01284 757487 Hadleigh
Tel. 01440 765156 Haverhill
Tel. 01440 765156 Sudbury
Tel. 01638 782507 Newmarket