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Activities for adults with health conditions

Activities for adults with health conditions

Studies show that keeping active can help prevent future medical problems and help with existing conditions. 

We have several activity and exercise activity schemes for adults with health conditions. 

To join you have to be referred by a GP or other qualified health practitioner.

We run a referral based programme called Cardiac Rehab Phase 4.

These classes:

  • Help rehabilitate patients who currently have or have had recent heart procedures or events
  • These classes are often a follow on from Phase 3 participation. Phase 3 are run by nursing teams after discharge from hospital
  • The classes combine a mixture of cardiovascular and strength exercises to help in your rehabilitation and progress for exercise continuation
  • There is a cost to this scheme

How to join

To be eligible you must:

  • Minimum age is 18 years
  • Must be a resident of Wokingham Borough
  • Have had a cardiac event in the last year
  • Have had a heart procedure in the last year
  • Have had or currently have heart disease diagnosed within the last year

You can be referred either:

  • Through completion of phase 3 of the cardiac rehabilitation programme, or
  • Through direct referral from your GP or health professional - speak to your GP if you think you might be eligible.

Contact us

The GP Referral exercise scheme is for those individuals who are new to exercise with one or more health conditions and want extra guidance in their exercise goals.

The scheme offers a number or daytime classes, designed and adapted for those with a variety of health goals.

There is also discounted access to gym and swim use at designated sites.

Your lifestyle and wellbeing instructor will be on hand to answer any queries you have in regards to maintaining and progressing your exercise regime.

Requirement to participation

  • Must reside within the Wokingham Borough
  • Be a minimum age of 16 years.
  • Require referral from your local GP

How to join

Make an appointment with your GP and ask them to refer you by completing a referral form.

After you're referred: 

  • We'll contact you to arrange a consultation with a lifestyle and well-being instructor
  • This is where you'll be advised what kind of activity will be most beneficial
  • You'll receive a gym induction and information of the classes on offer 
  • There will be a qualified specialist there to guide you throughout the programme
  • You'll receive reviews of your progress

Venues and classes

Following your consultation you will have discounted access to the leisure centres below:

  • Arborfield Leisure Centre
  • Bulmershe Leisure Centre
  • Carnival Pool Leisure Centre
  • Loddon Valley Leisure Centre
  • Ryeish Green Leisure Centre
  • St Crispin's Leisure Centre

How much does it cost?

  • There is a fee to the scheme and this includes a 10X loyalty card to exercise referral lead classes.
  • Discounted rate for gym and swim use through the referral process.

Contact us

The Mindful Health and Wellbeing programme helps to promote and encourage positive and mental wellbeing through sport and physical activity.

The sessions are run in a relaxed environment by qualified coaches. There is a cost to the scheme.

There are different levels at which you can attend:

  • In a competitive environment where you compete with players and teams at your own level
  • In a more relaxed environment where you learn the sports at your own pace with our coaches

How to join

All participants must:

  • Be 16 years of age or over
  • Reside within Wokingham Borough
  • Completed a referral form signed by a GP or Health Professional
  • Are managing a mild to moderate mental health condition

For more information contact us:

Call: 0118 974 3728 - request to speak to our Mental Health and Wellbeing co-ordinator.

Email: preventionteam@wokingham.gov.uk


You can find out about mental wellbeing sport and activities in our directory.

Our CanRehab instructors lead a weekly exercise class with focus on re-building and maintaining overall strength and fitness. This weekly class is designed specifically for those aiming to keep an exercise routine in place post diagnosis and can be a great starting point for those re-introducing exercise into their routine. The class will give you the opportunity to exercise in a smaller gym environment with other individuals with similar goals.

  • Participants must be a minimum age of 16 years and reside within Wokingham Borough
  • The class is every Thursday at 12.30pm to -1.30pm located in Lower Earley
  • There is a cost to the scheme
  • A referral must be made by your GP or other healthcare professional

For more information contact us on preventionteam@wokingham.gov.uk, or call us on 0118 9743728.

These are activities for adults who have a long term health condition and may need extra support and guidance in using exercise equipment. 

Below are some of the conditions we can help with:

  • Recovering from a stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Physical disabilities
  • COPD

How to join

You will need to request a referral by your GP to to use our Health and Wellbeing Centres. There is a cost to the scheme.

To take part you need to:

  • Be over 16 years old
  • Live in the Wokingham Borough
  • Have been diagnosed with one or more health conditions

Once we receive your referral we will:

  • Contact you to discuss your condition and book a consultation to find out which activities will be best for you
  • You'll then meet with one of our health and wellbeing instructors for your induction

Classes and gym

When you've had your induction you'll have an allotted time slot to attend one of our Health and Wellbeing Centres.

Any enquiries about this scheme please contact our team:

Our falls prevention programme, known as Steady Steps, is for people aged over 65 who:

  • Have had a fall
  • Are worried they might have a fall
  • Have been feeling off balance

Classes last between 45 minutes to 1 hour. The programme is run in blocks of 10.

How to join

Make an appointment with your GP and ask them to refer you by completing a referral form.

After you're referred we'll contact you to decide the venue and time most suitable to you.

Venues and classes

Classes take place at:

  • Loddon Valley Leisure Centre in Lower Earley
  • Woodford Park Leisure Centre
  • St Crispin's Leisure Centre in Wokingham

How much does it cost?

Courses typically run for 12 weeks, at cost of £48 for 12 weeks. This is payable upfront for the course.

Contact us:

ESCAPE-pain stands for Enabling Self-management and Coping with Arthritic Pain using Exercise. 

It's a rehabilitation programme for people with chronic joint pain – often labelled osteoarthritis – that integrates education and exercise.

If you live with hip or knee pain join our ESCAPE-pain class, meet other people living with osteoarthritis and learn:

  • Information and simple ways to better manage knee and/or hip pain
  • A gentle, individualized exercise programme that matches your needs and pace
  • Classes run by trained ESCAPE-Pain facilitators

How to join

You'll need to request a referral from a physio or your GP, and must live in the Wokingham Borough.

Venue and classes

Venue: Health and Wellbeing Centre, situated within Bulmershe Leisure Centre, Woodlands Avenue, RG5 3EU.

Provider: Wokingham Borough Council.

Sessions: 2 per week on Tuesday and Friday

Cost: £40 for 12 sessions.

For more information please contact our Sport and Leisure Team and our ESCAPE-Pain facilitators.

Email: preventionteam@wokingham.gov.uk

Phone contact: 0118 974 3728 or 07711 856 200.

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