New collaboration set to support hundreds of inactive adults in South Rural Suffolk

New collaboration set to support hundreds of inactive adults in South Rural Suffolk

Posted: Mon, 19 Apr 2021 08:00

New collaboration set to support hundreds of inactive adults in South Rural Suffolk

Active Suffolk is pleased to announce that their Active Wellbeing Service will be available to residents in the South Rural area of Suffolk. The service is in collaboration with the South Rural Primary Care Network GP Surgeries that includes: Bildeston Health Centre, Constable Medical Practice, Hadleigh Boxford Group Practice, Holbrook & Shotley Practice and Needham Market Country Practice. The project which will support hundreds of inactive adults to improve their physical and mental health through physical activity, will kick off this May with an online launch, inviting local residents, health professionals, stakeholders and key partners to come together to better understand the Active Wellbeing Service. The webinar will also showcase how collaboratively, the service and other partners in the local area can make a difference to people's health and wellbeing by removing divisions across a variety of services by coming together to tackle local issues.

Following the release of the latest Active Lives data published by Sport England which found that 23.5% of adults in Suffolk are currently inactive, Active Suffolk were delighted to hear that their well-established Active Wellbeing programme was to be embedded as part of the South Rural Primary Care Network.

Nick Pringle, Senior Development Officer (Health and Wellbeing) at Active Suffolk said:

"The Active Wellbeing programme is designed to support inactive adults in Suffolk to be more active. This is achieved through the support and guidance of our Physical Activity Advisors who work with individuals to identify barriers and motivation for becoming more active.

"We are really pleased to have the opportunity to work closely with the GP Surgeries across the South Rural area of Suffolk, not only to improve activity levels across patients, but to also improve advocacy for physical activity amongst clinicians at the surgeries too. This is part of Active Suffolk's efforts to support health and social care organisations to be better equipped to advise and prescribe movement as medicine help local residents feel empowered about taking control of their health and feel better connected to their communities.

"Our latest evaluation tells us that not only are the adults who are accessing the service becoming more active but 55% reported on improved mental wellbeing, 28% were able to significantly reduce their body mass index and 33% experienced improved sleep after just 3 months"

Lisa Coleman, Primary Care Network Manager said:

"We are delighted to have this opportunity to work with Active Suffolk in the South Rural area and are so pleased that our local population will have this encouragement and support in engaging in activities to improve their health and wellbeing."

In addition to supporting patients from these surgeries to be more active, the team will also work closely with the health professionals and team on site to upskill and empower them to understand the importance of an active lifestyle on health outcomes.

Chris Lawson, Project Officer at Active Suffolk said:

"We have previously worked with Bildeston Health Centre where we delivered the Active Wellbeing Service. The team at Bildeston really embraced the service and acted as great advocates for physical activity following our training.

"The dedicated efforts made by the staff to collaborate with our Active Wellbeing Service was acknowledged by The Royal College of GPs and Sport England where they were one of the first surgeries in Suffolk to receive Active Practice Charter status.

We are really excited to be able to continue this work with them and to begin collaborating with the other surgeries within the South Rural Primary Care Network."

If you are a patient from one of the surgeries within the South Rural Primary Care Network, a health professional, or a local person with a passion for sport and physical activity, you are invited to join the online launch of this service where you can find out more from the team and ask any questions.

This will be hosted virtually on Thursday 20th May 2021, 12 - 1PM and you can book your place at

Tags: 50+, Active Suffolk, Active Wellbeing, Community, Functinal Fitness, Older Adults, Physical Activity