Improve my health, fitness and mental wellbeing
Keep your body and mind happy and healthy with mental health support, activity classes and our complementary health clinic.
A free and confidential service for local residents that are registered with GP surgeries in inner city and east Bristol (Air Balloon Surgery, Broadmead Medical Centre, Beechwood Medical Practice, Charlotte Keel Medical Practice, East Trees Surgery, Fishponds Family Practice, Fireclay Health, Homeless Health, Lawrence Hill Health Centre, Montpelier Health Centre, Old School Surgery and Wellspring Surgery. Speak to your GP or healthcare advisor, or complete a referral form online and we’ll provide guidance and direction to access services and activities in your area.
Being active can help us feel good inside and out - but sometimes it's hard to know where to start. Our range of free courses can help you discover new ways to move, get you fitter and meet others who are doing the same too!
To get started, ask your GP to refer you. Then Jane, our Activities Co-ordinator will get in touch for a chat about what you'd like to do.
Here are some of the things you can try, some are at our Beam Street site, others around the city: Qi Gong, Chatty Couch to 5k, Personal Training, Walking Tennis, Cultravate Walk and Talk, Lifecycle, Beginners Fitness for Weight Loss, Chair-Based Exercise, Gentle Creative Movement, Wild Swimming, SUP Boarding. Click here to see the details.
Chronic pain programme
Chronic pain is pain experienced for 12 weeks or more which has not been helped by medication or treatment. This programme is not condition-specific but open to anyone living with chronic pain. Potential participants will need to be referred by a GP or another health or social care professional such as an osteopath, wellbeing facilitator, exercise instructor, occupational therapist etc.
The course is six weeks long, and each 1 hour 30 minute group session is held at our Beam Street site. The sessions are a mix of taught/ led exercises, and shared advice/ guidance/ learning on living with chronic pain.
Sessions led by a qualified and experienced instructor, they are mixed-gender, and there are around six participants. Due to the nature of the course, a basic level of spoken English is needed.
Referrals from professionals can be made directly to Jane as long as consent is given. Jane will contact the potential participant to discuss the course. To make a referral, or for more information, click here. The start date of the next course is to be confirmed.
Muscular Skeletal Clinic
A GP referral only service to a range of physical therapies funded by the NHS. We offer Osteopathy, Chiropractic and physiotherapy at Wellspring Healthy Living Centre, giving you a choice of services in local, easy-to-access facilities with reduced waiting times. The service is accessible for patients of Charlotte Keel Medical Practice, East Trees Health Centre, Lawrence Hill Health Centre, Montpelier Health Centre, Wellspring Surgery and Broadmead Medical Centre. It's available for anyone that has a Musculoskeletal condition or injury that has occurred between the last four weeks and twelve months and seen no improvement in pain.
Our allotment garden in St George is a green space for local residents to use as their own and enjoy throughout the year. There is no membership, no cost and you don’t have to commit to anything, just come along when you feel like it. We meet regularly every week, stop for tea from time to time and share a picnic lunch, and at the end of the day we share out whatever harvest is ready to take home. We welcome volunteers of all ages.
The Community Access Support Service (CASS) fosters stronger connections between community groups and mental health services in Bristol. Community and voluntary groups offer a great deal of support and help to local people in Bristol. But what happens when a group member is finding it hard to cope? CASS provides information and resources to groups on which services are available locally, as well as support with starting conversations about mental health. CASS is managed by the Healthy Living Consortium of Wellspring Settlement, Knowle West Health Park and Southmead Development Trust, and is commissioned by Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire CCG.
Complementary Health Low Cost Clinic
Complementary therapies with a reduced cost available for local residents on low income
Reflexology with Nicci
Nicci is a fully qualified reflexologist, accredited through the International Institute of Reflexology and the Association of Reflexologists.
Reflexology is non-invasive touch therapy that can be really effective in promoting deep relaxation and improved wellbeing. It is based on the principle that there are reflex areas in the hands and feet that correspond to all of the organs, glands and parts of the body.
Reflexology may help with:
- Reducing stress and anxiety
- General relaxation
- Improved sleep
- Digestive issues
- Improved circulation
- Hormone imbalances
- Pregnancy and fertility
- Boosting your immune system
Appointments are available on Wednesdays from 9:00am until 2:00pm
walking for health
FREE weekly led walks of up to 3 miles in and around Bristol.
- New members always welcome
- See the sites of Bristol whilst getting out and about
- A great way to enjoy exercise and a place to meet new friends.
- Led by Bristol Amblers, a friendly and welcoming group, walks are led on a weekly basis and are free of charge. Download the latest walk programme here.
As well as walks in the city and countryside, the group also try and engage minds by offering walks that nourish interest in history, the arts and the sciences.
The group meet locally, or in the City Centre, the bus or train station, and welcome new walkers. Walks are led by two trained volunteers, supported by Bristol City Council.
No need to book - but if you are interested in attending - could you please let us know text or ring John 07910 138 699 or email firstname.lastname@example.org so we can assess how many walk leaders may be needed.
We ask that all walkers arrive at least 5 minutes before the advertised time so the walk can start promptly.
Further information about walking for health or the other walking groups in Bristol visit the Walking for Health website walkingforhealth.org.uk
Ready to come along?
Before your first walk you will be asked to complete a short health questionnaire so please turn up ten minutes early and introduce yourself to the walk leader. Alternatively you can print off and fill in the Walker Registration Form and bring it along to your first walk. Please also read the guidance on Covid safety.