Resources: Wellbeing activities

Bristol Active Life Project

The Bristol Active Life Project (BALP) offers sessions across Bristol for people who’ve experienced or are living with long-term mental illness and are unable to access mainstream activities due to their mental health. BALP sessions include badminton, football, gym based exercise, walking, women’s yoga and tai chi.

The service is available only to people engaged with AWP secondary mental health care, by referral.

Couch to 5k (free to use)

Walk and run your way to 5k this Couch to 5k app designed to take total beginners from walking to running for 30 minutes in just 9 weeks. Millions of people have already started running with our simple Couch to… Read more

Life Cycle UK

Life Cycle UK is a charity that aims to help more people unlock the benefits of cycling. The charity offers cycle training, friendly group cycle rides, bike maintenance courses, low-cost bikes and more.

Life Cycle UK – ‘Bike Minded’ project

The November and December 2018 programme of bike rides for adults who want to improve their physical and mental well-being is now available.

We’ve got a nice mix of rides in the run-up to Christmas, several of which are aimed at beginners or people returning to cycling. New riders can sign up online; alternatively, I am very happy to come and meet anyone who is interested in joining our cycling community!

Some highlights:

  • We’ll be cycling the Brean Down Way, visiting Blaise Community Gardens and spending some time with the goats at Windmill Hill City Farm.
  • We have our Well-being café at The Kitchen on the third Monday of every month from 10:30am to midday. Everyone is welcome, and your first tea or coffee is free!
  • Did you know that anyone living, working or studying in Bristol is entitled to three, free cycling lessons with a qualified instructor? More information on our website here
  • We sell re-furbished bicycles at our Bike Back project on the grounds of Horfield prison on Gloucester Road. Prices start at just £80 (discounts available for Bike Minded riders!) Details of upcoming sales can be found on our website here

Patrick Tumilty (Bike Minded Co-ordinator)

Tel: (0117) 353 4580  / 07403 415 052


Many Minds

MENTAL HEALTH AND PERFORMANCE CHARITY. FEELING ALIVE TOGETHER. We are Many Minds, a Bristol based mental health charity that facilitate creative spaces and make performance with people managing their mental health.  We work with individuals to engage with their creativity,  improve… Read more

North Bristol Community Project

North Bristol Community Project (NBCP) aims to promote well-being and foster positive personal and social change, through access to education, leisure and volunteer opportunities, regardless of background or ability. Our venue offers a supportive, friendly environment for Bristol residents to… Read more

Positive Minds

Positive Minds supports adults in BS13 to find their path to better mental health and wellbeing. They offer one-to-one sessions over the phone and face to face, as well as “walk and talk” sessions.

Ride Out Ride On

Ride On Ride Out’s (RORO for short) aim is to bring the joy and freedom of cycling to those who, through disability, stroke, or mobility issues, would otherwise be unable to go out for a ride.

For many clients, cycling has always played an important part in their identities, or their means of getting exercise, and part of RORO’s mission is to help people who, for whatever reason, have lost their ability or the desire to ride to re-find the love of cycling, and re-introduce it to their lives. For others, the prospect of riding a bike, and the confidence, strength and wide-eyed enjoyment it can bring, may be a new prospect. In either case, RORO’s cycle out-reach service is about bringing riding to those who would otherwise be unable to ride themselves – and to open up for them all the life-giving, life-affirming benefits cycling can bring.

The price is £48 per 1 hour and £90 for 2 hours, with the first being a free assessment session

St Werburghs Centre

Based in St Werburghs in East-Central Bristol, we serve the local communities of Ashley, Easton and Lawrence Hill wards and communities of interest across the city. The Centre is managed by the St Werburghs Community Association, which aims to provide… Read more

Studio Upstairs

Studio Upstairs is a charity that provides artistic resources and education in a therapeutic community setting for people with mental or emotional difficulties. The charity offers facilities for painting, drawing, mixed media, digital and 3D work.

The Beehive Centre

The Beehive Centre aims to reduce social isolation and connect communities in Whitehall and St. George.

The Centre hosts social events and activities such as like Tai Chi, Line Dance, Keep Fit, Art & Craft, Internet Cafe & Lunch Club and  many of our activities are tailored to the needs of older people (55+ years).

Walk Out Bristol

Walk Out is a project specifically for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people to get together to share time, thoughts and the surprisingly amazing walks in and around Bristol. In partnership with Walk for Health Bristol, this project will bring accessible, gentle and welcoming walking groups to anyone who would like to join.

Walking for Health

Walking for Health Bristol is an initiative which supports Bristol’s diverse communities to become more active through walking.

Walking is the most accessible form of physical activity with many physical and mental health benefits. It’s also a great way of getting to know your local neighbourhood and making new friends.

Who can get involved?

  • Anyone of any ability wanting to get more physically active in a safe, enjoyable way.
  • Health and community organisations wishing to develop their own walking initiative for clients or staff

Yellowbird ‘Coaching Walk’

Like to walk and talk? Then join the Yellowbird ‘Coaching Walk’! Meet other women, learn some peer coaching skills, share and set goals, enjoy a stroll in a beautiful setting. Every Thursday, 12:00-13:15 from 27 September 2018 Meet at the… Read more

Yellowbird Autumn 2018 Programme

There are some great opportunities coming up within the Autumn programme, for example: The weekly coaching walk, starting Thursday 27th September at 12.30pm. This is for any woman interested in visualising goals and learning some peer coaching skills. Also starting… Read more