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Fitness for people with mental ill health

The Invigorate programme includes activity for both people with mental ill health and homeless people in Cambridge.

There are a variety of activities on offer including:

  • Football
  • Swimming
  • T’ai chi
  • Multi-sports activities 
  • Tennis and badminton sessions
  • Running
  • Walking

Some sessions are free, and some have a small charge. Most sessions are run by a member of staff who will help you settle into the session and provide any advice and support you may need.

A carer, family member or friend can accompany members to the sessions for free or for a minimal fee.

During all of the sessions you'll be encouraged to be physically active and have fun in a social setting. You can just turn up and have a go, but we ask that you join the programme as a member after your first session. Membership is free, and you'll be updated about any changes to the programme when they occur.

People with mental ill health can also apply for a free BETTER card, when applying for Invigorate membership.  A BETTER card provides you with a 50% discount on facilities across all of the GLL managed facilities in the city:

Take a look at the Invigorate leaflet [PDF, 725KB] and download a referral form [PDF, 43KB].

Botanic garden walking tours

Join a guided walk around Cambridge University botanic garden and see it change with the seasons. The walks are free to Invigorate members.

  • 11 July 2019
  • 10 October 2019

Places must be booked in advance – contact startup@cambridge.gov.uk to book a place.

Free swimming

Free swimming for people with mental ill health

  • Mondays until 15 July, 1 to 2pm at King’s Hedges learner pool

Learn to swim, or just float away your troubles and relax. Contact us to book or for more information.

Free swimming for users of Jimmy’s Night Shelter and Wintercomfort

Contact us for more information.

Useful contacts

Information and help for people with mental ill health, or who are concerned about their own mental health:

  • Life Craft: a user led organisation for adults in Cambridge who have experience of mental health based at Bath house, Gwydir Street Cambridge CB1 2LW Tel: 01223 566957
  • Mind: The mental health charity 
  • Richmond Fellowship

For short term treatments for common mental health difficulties such as depression, anxiety and stress, go to the CPFT psychological wellbeing services website or call 0300 300 0055.

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