Active Living

supporting people to move more




become active, Feel part of the community & improve confidence

What is Active Living

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



Would you like to move more and feel better?

If you have a long term health condition, you should first seek a referal 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.

However, you can also take the first step, by completing the form below and a member of the team will be in touch. Please be advised, we may still need to refer you back to a clinician.

Active Living Partners



Safe referral guidelines - please note before completing the self referral form

Self referrals:
Clients must first consult their health professional to check it is safe to participate

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:

  • Unstable or Uncontrolled
  • Unstable angina
  • Resting systolic blood pressure > 180mmHG or resting diastolic pressure >100mmHG
  • Ventricular or Aortic aneurysm with permission from GP/specialist
  • A significant drop in blood pressure during exercise
  • Uncontrolled tachycardia > 100bpm at rest
  • Unstable or acute heart failure
  • Uncontrolled arrhythmia
  • Febrile illness (temporary)
  • Under 13 years old

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.
View our full privacy policy and understand your rights.

Contacts for the Active Living team

If you would like to self refer – please use the form above.

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