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Exercise Referral Scheme

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Active Choices is a Bristol's physical activity referral scheme.  It is a 12 week scheme that provides support and guidance by qualified instructors for people with stable medical conditions, whose quality of life can be maintained or improved through taking part in regular physical activity.

Health professionals who can access the scheme on behalf of their patient include GPs, physiotherapists, hospital consultants and practice nurses.


Who is the scheme for?

To enrol a person must:

  • be 16 years or older
  • be inactive (i.e. participating in less than 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity per week)
  • have a stable medical condition that, in the opinion of your health professional, would benefit from regular participation in physical activity


How to be referred

If you would like to be referred or have any questions or queries about whether this scheme may be of benefit to you, please discuss it with your GP or contact Active Choices direct on 0117 922 4719.


For further information including waiting times and costs please visit the Active Choices website by clicking the clink below

Active Choices  


ASA Dementia Friendly Swimming Hub

Improving Swimming for people with dementia

 Bristol City Council

Over the past few years, Bristol City Council has been doing a lot of work to improve the quality of life for people living with dementia.

Their aim is to create a city where people with any level of dementia are valued for who they are and are able to live full, involved and creative lives. We want them to continue to enjoy the things they have always done, and go out and discover new things to do.

They believe that it is essential for people to be physically active, and people living with dementia need the same opportunities as everyone else, as sports and other activities have shown to have a positive effect on their general health and wellbeing.

They have been working with pool operators Parkwood Leisure and Everyone Active, with help from the ASA, to start to create a swimming project across the city which welcomes people with dementia to swim independently, with friends, families or carers, at any time that is convenient to them. Currently two pools are offering our Dementia Friendly Swimming, but long-term they hope to roll it out city-wide.

They are gradually training the poolside and front-of-house staff so that they understand more about dementia and how it might affect people who come to swim, and looking at the centres themselves, to see how we can make them easier to navigate.

At Hengrove Park in south Bristol, there are now have dementia friendly swim sessions on Wednesday lunchtimes. If you would like to join, come along to reception at 12.45 to meet the swim leaders. They will show you the quickest route into the changing rooms and the pool. They will join you in the swim session and invite you for a chat in the café with the group afterwards.

For more information please contact Gill Brookman, Public Health, Bristol City Council or Kevin Chong, Bristol & Avon Chinese Women’s Group

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