Active health scheme

We know that getting active can be a challenge and you may need some extra support. This is where our active health scheme can help. It is an accessible service for adults who would benefit from a structured physical activity programme in a safe, supervised environment. The scheme will support you to make lifestyle changes especially if you have a limiting lifelong illness. The scheme will support your long-term participation in regular physical activity through goal setting and developing confidence, therefore, improving your mental, social and physical wellbeing.

The active health scheme is intended for people:

  • living within the Harrogate district
  • aged 18 years or above
  • who have low to moderate risk health conditions
  • who have severe coronary heart disease or early post-myocardial infarction/coronary artery bypass graft/angioplasty (cardiac rehab classes only)
  • who have mild to moderate mental health problems (for example, depression, anxiety or stress)
  • who have diabetes type one and two
  • who have post physiotherapy musculoskeletal conditions (for example, knee, hip, shoulder)

If you think you may be eligible, please contact us or talk to a member of your healthcare team.

The medical professional will send a referral letter to the active health team. You will then shortly receive a phone call or letter inviting you to make an initial appointment with an exercise referral officer.

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Classes available

Exercise for Neurological conditions

Exercise sessions for people with Parkinson's disease and other neurological conditions. Chair-based or standing exercises focusing on balance, correct posture and alignment, walking ability and strength.

Exercise after stroke

Specialised exercise class to help stroke survivors progressively recover, focusing on lost balance, coordination, functional strength, movement and flexibility.

Cardiac rehabilitation phase three

Community-based cardiac rehabilitation provides people with known coronary heart diseases the possibility to benefit from weekly supervised exercise sessions, with cardiac nurse support.

Cardiac rehabilitation phase four

Slightly more intense, follow-on class to phase three cardiac rehab that allows those who have completed phase three to benefit further from weekly supervised exercise sessions.

Exercise for lower-limb osteoarthritis

Class designed specifically to reduce the symptoms of lower-limb osteoarthritis and improve quality of life. Designed in collaboration with the physiotherapy team at Harrogate District Hospital.

Strong and Steady - falls prevention

A progressive exercise class designed to improve strength and balance, enabling participants to safely enjoy more physical activity. Includes demonstration of how to get up from the floor following a fall.


A rehabilitation class for those recovering from cancer, who have completed the Active Against Cancer programme with Harrogate NHS.


A class aimed at help improve your posture, strength, agility, coordination, balance and general health to reduce the risk of falls. Increase your fitness levels and confidence in a social supportive way.

Gym sessions

Our supportive and experienced Brimhams Active team will help you develop a programme that is personal to you to suit your lifestyle and needs.

Connecting to wellbeing

For many people, it can be difficult to make new friends, or simply find the courage to get out of the house and find an activity to participate in. It is often difficult to find out what is available in your community. This is where the connecting to wellbeing scheme can help. We offer a range of activities, some are designed to get you physically active but others are more about socialising, and the importance this has on your mental health and wellbeing.

Connect to well-being is personalised support and signposting service led by our active lifestyle teams.

We can help you access a variety of tailored health and well-being services across the Harrogate district. We are professional and approachable and we aim to improve the health and well-being of everyone we work with.

Our service supports you to complement the help you may be getting through your GP or other organisations. Our service is free to anyone aged over 18.

We have local knowledge and links to partner organisations, from GP surgeries to the voluntary and charitable sector. Our job is to get the best for you:

  • you may feel isolated due to a change in your lifestyle or for health reasons
  • you may need support to access a service or to support a hobby or interest
  • you may want to feel more involved in our local community
  • you may need support with your housing needs
  • you may need financial or budgeting advice

Our team has experience in community services, charities, the council and health and social care.

Support starts with a chat on phone and we can then signpost you to services that can help you.

For more information please contact us.

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