Activities to reduce isolation & get the community active……And they’re completely FREE!

In September IP17 GNS launched a range of free activities aimed at combatting potential social isolation and inactivity caused by the Covid pandemic. Open to anyone living in the Saxmundham area, you can sign up to as many classes as you like.

The full list of activities, dates and times are listed below:

Line Dancing

Saxmundham Market Hall, 7:30-9pm

  • 5th October
  • 19th October
  • 26th October
  • 2nd November
  • 16th November
  • 23rd November
  • 30th November
  • 7th December

Call Penny on 07835064509 to book a place or for more information.

Nordic Walking

Meeting at Carlton Park

Tuesdays 4:00-5:30pm

  • 22nd September
  • 29th September
  • 6th October
  • 13th October
  • 20th October

Fridays 11:30am -1:00pm

  • 18th September
  • 25th September
  • 2nd October
  • 9th October
  • 16th October

To book a place or for more information contact Sarah-Jane on 07768692718


Benhall Club, Thursdays 6:00-7:00pm

Please bring your own mat and bottle of water. Contact Penny on 07835064509 to book a place or for more information.

Family Rounders

Benhall Village & Social Club, Sundays 2:00-4:00pm in September, just turn up!

Last one is Sunday 27th September.

What we do

Starting during lockdown, our group of volunteers have provided support urgently needed by vulnerable members of the community. The most immediate needs were for food parcels; deliveries of essentials, including prescriptions; phone buddies and support for those shielding or self-isolating. We also help those returning from abroad & needing quarantine as well as anyone contracted by Track & Trace & asked to self-isolate. All of which things we’re continuing for the foreseeable future.

However, as the pandemic draws on and the longer-term impact is becoming more apparent, we’re adapting our response to support as many people in our community as we can.

Why Join in?

Social isolation, loneliness, stress and low-mood are all knock-on consequences of having to physically distance from each other, and some of the economic effects of the pandemic. Couple this with people reducing their exercise or movement due to staying in more and the wider health & wellbeing impacts become potentially worrying in the long-term. Which is why we’re launching into action with our new initiative!

We want to be ahead of the game, and encourage people of all ages & abilities to join in with our inclusive range of ‘feel-good’ activities. All classes are aimed at beginners and being fully accessible, with a strong emphasis on enjoyment.

We’re encouraging anyone with even a passing interest in the above activities, or even just a desire to get out of the house a bit more, to book in and give it a try. They’re completely free! Come along, move your body, learn something new and, most importantly; socialise!