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Fitness for people with mental ill health

Our Invigorate programme includes activities for people with mental ill health as well as homeless people in Cambridge.

There are a variety of activities on offer, including badminton, bowls, football, swimming, tai chi, tennis, running, walking, and yoga.

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, 0.9MB] and download a referral form [PDF, 47Kb].

Fitness sessions

Sessions are free unless otherwise stated. Contact us to find out more or book a place.

Badminton, short tennis and table tennis

Botanic garden walking tours

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

  • Dates to be confirmed

Indoor bowls

  • These sessions are unavailable while the bowls club is closed
  • Mondays, 2 to 3pm at Chesterton Bowls Club
  • £2 per session

Multi-sport sessions

  • Wednesdays, 11am to midday at Kelsey Kerridge Sport Centre
  • Activities include badminton, basketball, short tennis and table tennis
  • £3 per session


Users of Jimmy’s Night Shelter and Wintercomfort can also attend free swimming sessions – contact us to find out more.

Tai chi


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.