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Staying Active

Local groups and activities

Having the freedom to get out and about is really important.

If you are interested in joining a group or activity in your area, you can search the local groups and activities menu where you will be able to find a large range of local groups that specialise in all kinds of hobbies and interests.

You can filter your search by area of the city, category, age group and area of interest to make the results more tailored to you. Once you have refined your choices you will be provided with the contact details and specific location of each group. This is an excellent way to help you connect with your local community and get you out and about, whilst doing something you enjoy.

There are a number of local groups and activities who meet regularly across Hull, each may charge a fee from a couple of pounds for a coffee morning to a full day group who charge to cover the cost of the venue and any support staff.

These costs can vary depending on the nature of the group and who runs it, sometimes, these services can be found at a number of locations including

  • local community centres
  • resource centres
  • extra care sites
  • places of worship
  • sports and recreation centres
  • residential homes.

If you rely on others to help you get out and about, with your daily routine, there are also activities and opportunities that can cater for you. These services are often more expensive than the groups local to you, 

Access the local groups and activities directory here to start searching

Connect Well

If you prefer to speak to someone face to face, Connect Well Hull can help you access support and guidance on a range of issues. It provides links to community groups, services and activities that could help you make positive changes or just improve how you feel.

Connect Well Hull is a friendly, free and confidential service run by Citizen’s Advice Hull and East Riding. If you are aged 16 or over and live in Hull, or are registered with a Hull GP, you can make an appointment with a Wellbeing Co-ordinator or Welfare Adviser.

To find out more, please visit the Connect Well website here

Alternatively, you can telephone us on 01482 217 670

Physical Activity

There are many benefits to staying physically active, you can get to know new people, share a new experience and find confidence in learning something new.

It is never too late to begin enjoying an active lifestyle. Regular physical activity and sport has also been proven to have a direct positive impact on our physical health and your emotional wellbeing such as

  • reducing your risk of major illness;
  • improved self-esteem and mood;
  • better quality sleep; and
  • more energy

The Hull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and our local NHS have developed information for you to access easily.

Visit the Hull CCG to find out more

East Park Adapted Cycle scheme

East Park adapted cycling scheme is open to people who have a range of health and social care needs. You can take a trip around East Park using one of their specially adapted bikes. The scheme is open to children, adults, families and carers.

If you would like to join, contact the East Park Cycle Scheme on 01482 616 878 to request a joining form. You will need to provide a passport sized photograph along with proof of address. Membership costs a one off payment of £1 and from then on each session costs £4.20 each (carers ride free).

To find out more visit the Hull Culture and Leisure website here

12 Fitness plan

The 12 week fitness plan has been created by NHS Choices and gives you a flexible approach to improving your fitness.

Access the NHS Choices website to use the 12 week fitness plan

Walk-it Hull app

The Walk-it Hull app lets you find the best spots in your local area to take in some fresh air and enjoy the scenery while you take a stroll.  

Download the Walk-it Hull app here

Weight loss and exercise services

The weight loss and exercise service is free to use and can help you to improve your lifestyle though healthy eating and exercise.

Visit the weight loss and exercise service for children here

Visit the weight loss and exercise service for adults (over 18 years) here

NHS Choices

NHS Choices has a wide selection of information for you to help you get started to improve your exercise levels. You can access the various information pages using the links provided.

Access the NHS Choices family fitness information page

Access the NHS Choices fitness for wheelchair users information page

Access the NHS Choices walking for health information page

A rough guide to accessible Britain 

The Rough Guide to Accessible Britain is now available to view for free It’s packed with over 200 inspiring ideas for fantastic worry-free days out with reviews, hints and tips on some of the UK’s best attractions written by and for disabled people

Download the Rough Guide to accessible Britain here

Euan’s Guide

Euan’s Guide is the disabled access review website that aims to ‘remove the fear of the unknown’ and inspire people to try new places.

Access Euan’s Guide here

Direct Enquires

The direct enquiries website has information on accessible toilets and other accessible facilities.

Visit the direct enquiries to find out more.

The Disabled holiday directory

The disabled holiday directory is an online directory of UK and overseas organisations and venues that cater for disabled people

Access the Disabled holiday directory here

Bendrigg Trust

We provide a wide range of adapted adventure activities, led by highly qualified and experienced Tutors, for all ages and abilities. We cater for wide range of disabilities and health conditions

Bendrigg Trust has outstanding indoor facilities that complement our beautiful outdoor venues and provide opportunities for active participation in all weather conditions.

At Bendrigg, it’s not just about our activities and courses. We offer a unique, tailored, and personable approach to your visit to ensure you get the best possible experience. As a leader in our field, we have the knowledge and experience to help you achieve.

To find out more, visit the Bendrigg Trust website here

The Calvert Trust

The Calvert Trust enables people with disabilities, together with their families and friends, to achieve their potential through the challenge of outdoor adventure in the countryside. We aim to do this by providing:

  • A wide range of adventurous outdoor activities, meaningful challenge and adventure within a framework of safety
  • Skilled, qualified and caring staff able to fulfil the needs of visitors
  • Accommodation appropriate to the needs of the visitors
  • Facilities for families and friends to share the enjoyment and experience

The benefits and enjoyment of the activities will be offered to all, irrespective of ability. These benefits include:

  • The enrichment in the life of each individual through adventure and personal achievement
  • The chance to enjoy countryside of exceptional natural beauty
  • Recreational opportunities that can be transferred into everyday living
  • Personal development and rehabilitation leading to integration

Visit the Calvert Trust website to find out more.

The Jumbulance Trust

The Jumbulance Trust is a small, national charity which “Makes Travel Possible” for disabled and other disadvantaged individuals with life-limiting conditions enabling them to take part in disabled coach holidays or pilgrimages across the UK and Europe.
The Trust provides the vehicles and drivers at subsidised rates to regional groups, schools, disabled community groups, care homes and hospices around the UK and Ireland.

The groups who organise the holidays and pilgrimages are made up of volunteer carers and where possible Nurses and Doctors offer medical assistance.

To find out more visit the Jumbulance Trust website here.

Humber sports partnership (Active Humber)

Active Humber is responsible for managing and delivering a wide range of funding and development programmes in the county. We are able to sign post you to sports clubs, help you find volunteering opportunities, help you set up and apply for funding for your own sports club and we also offer general advice and information about sport happening in our region. 

For further information on the programmes, their aims and how to get involved on the website which you can access the website here 

Each programme has a lead member of staff responsible for delivery; please direct initial queries to each individual staff member, using their contact details provided on the website.

English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDSO)

The English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) works to make active lives possible. We do this by enabling organisations to support disabled individuals to be and stay active. Our work is centred on research and insight with disabled people as well as our engagement with disability and sports organisations.

We run an all round calendar of events, we provide volunteer opportunities, advocacy and support, and resource packs to support people to develop their own activities with the appropriate  governance and policies.

Visit the website to find out more and get involved

Boccia England

Boccia is a sport designed for athletes with high support needs. It is a target sport played indoors with soft leather balls. It is a sport of tactics, incredible skill and nail biting tension. Once you have played it you will be hooked!

Boccia England is the National Governing Body (NGB) for Boccia in England. They are responsible for all aspects of the sport in this country, from beginner to expert, providing for all levels of participation

To find out more about how to take part in Boccia, access the website here

Alternatively, you can contact Boccia England on 01159 678 455 or E-Mail them at info@bocciaengland.org.uk

British Blind Sport (BBS)

British Blind Sport support blind and partially sighted people to get active and play sport by:

  • Organising sporting competitions for people with visual impairments, allowing them to compete against others
    Supporting people with visual impairments within the sports world
  • Providing sight classifications to blind and partially sighted athletes to ensure a fair and equal competition
  • Supporting the education of teachers to ensure no child with visual impairment is denied the opportunity to play
  • Provide advice to clubs and coaches to enable more people with visual impairments to participate in sport

Visit the BBS website to find out more about accessing blind and partially sighted sport and active recreation.

Alternatively, you can call them on 01926 424247 or E-Mail them at info@britishblindsport.org.uk 

CP Sport

CP Sport provides opportunities for people with cerebral palsy to take part in a wide range of sports activities.

Access the CP Sport website here to find out more

Alternatively you can contact them on 0115 925 7027 or E-Mail them at info@cpsport.org  

Disability Snowsports UK

Disability Snowsports UK works to make sure that anyone with a disability, may it be learning, sensory or physical, can ski or snowboard alongside other people.

We are a membership organisation, and welcome anyone of any levels of skiing and fitness. We cater for complete novices to snow sports all the way to experienced Armed Forces men and women.

Our nearest disability Snow sport club from Hull is located in Castleford Leeds and operates on the fourth Sunday of each month 5:30pm to 7pm.

If you have not skied with us before: you need to arrange an assessment with a Ski School Manager at one of our ski schools.

Contact our Ski School manager on 08455 219 338 or by email at lessons@disabilitysnowsport.org.uk

If you have skied with us before, then you need to book with the local group organiser before you can join in.

Visit the Disability Snowsports UK website to find out more

Doing sport differently

Doing Sport differently is a guide to exercise and fitness for people living with disability or health conditions. It has been written by and for people with lived experience of disability in order to help you access grassroots sports activities.

Get your copy of Doing sport differently here

Goalball UK

Goalball UK is the National Governing Body for Goalball and organises a wide range Goalball opportunities that you can take part in.

Goalball is a game played by two teams of three players with a maximum on each team. It is open to both male and female visually impaired athletes, and sighted players can also play as everyone wears eye shades.

The object of the game is to score a goal by bowling the ball along the floor so that it crosses the goal line of the opposing team. The defending team has to prevent the ball going in to their goal by stopping it while remaining in their team area. They must then try to control the ball and attack by bowling the ball back again thereby trying to score in the other goal.

If you would like more information about Goalball and how to take part, visit the Goalball UK website here

Alternatively, you can contact them on 01142 235 670 or E-Mail them at enquiries@goalballuk.com 


Parasport is a national joint initiative between the British Paralympic Association (BPA) and the professional services firm Deloitte. The project will improve how talented sports people at community level are identified and supported, with the aim of increasing participation levels in competitive sporting events.

Use the website to check out accessible sporting clubs and activities local to you.


The Royal Yachting Association's Sailability programme is a network of over 200 sites around the UK. These sites are specifically adapted for people with disabilities to help you get out and about on the water.

Different sites have different facilities and resources to support you. Whether it is onshore or afloat, and Sailability can help you find the right activity, with the right equipment, and in the right place.

Visit the Sailability website to find you nearest Sailability centre here

Alternatively you can contact them on 08445 569 550 or E-Mail them at sailability@rya.org.uk 

Wheel Power

Wheel Power has been providing opportunities in sport for people with in wheelchairs and physical impairments for nearly 70 years. As well as putting on their own sports activities, they also have lots of information about what other organisations are doing to help you stay active.

Visit the Wheel Power website to find out more

Alternatively, you can contact Wheel Power on 01296 395 995 or E-Mail them at info@wheelpower.org.uk 

Last reviewed: 08/09/2017

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