Fitness for mental health service users

The Invigorate programme includes activity for both mental health service users and homeless community users 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; others 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.

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.

Mental health service users 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 2017 Invigorate booklet here [PDF, 6.4MB] and download a referral form [PDF, 42kB].

FREE Cambridge botanic walking tours for Invigorate members

Join a guided walk around the beautiful botanic gardens and see the gardens change through the seasons.  The walks are free to Invigorate members; places must be booked in advance. Download: Botanical garden tours [PDF, 510kB]

FREE swimming for users of Jimmy's Night Shelter and Wintercomfort at Cambridge Parkside Pool

Contact sport@cambridge.gov.uk for more information.

Useful contacts for information and help for people using mental health services, 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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