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Active Communities support during COVID-19
Our Active Communities programme supports around 10,000 people a year to get active to improve their health and wellbeing.
Get active and stay active with Edinburgh Leisure's Active Communities programme
Being active is key to enjoying a healthy lifestyle and achieving more in your day to day. It doesn’t need to be much, even the simplest of changes can lead to big results. As a charity, Edinburgh Leisure is on a mission to help people lead more active, healthy lives and we can help you to do just that. Our Active Communities team offer many different options, along with dedicated health and wellbeing programmes which can help you get started, no matter what age you are or what your current activity levels are like. We’re here to support you.
We were all born to move in one way or another. Whether you’re looking to try out a low-intensity fitness class, swim, dance, walk, cycle or even garden, you can get active, stay active and achieve more with us. We believe in the power of physical activity and its ability to help improve people’s lives. With friendly advice, specialist programmes and facilities all over Edinburgh, together we can live healthier, more active lives.
How can we help?
Find out how our programmes can help you, no matter what your activity levels are.
Ready to get started?
If you've not been active in a while or are looking for a gentle re-introduction, then our programmes are here to help. Join in as much or as little as you want, build confidence, improve your mood and, most importantly, have fun in a relaxed and sociable environment.
Need a helping hand?Our programmes can help you lead healthier, happier, more active lives, and combat the effects of inactivity and inequalities.
Volunteer with usVolunteers are the backbone of our Active Communities programme. Find out how you can get involved and make a difference.
Ready to get started
If you've not been active in a while or are looking for a gentle reintroduction, then our programmes are here to help. Join in as much or as little as you want, build confidence, improve your mood and, most importantly, have fun in a relaxed and sociable environment.
Get ActiveOur Get Active classes are offer a range of low-level physical activities, which offer a sociable way for inactive people to get active and stay active in a fun and friendly environment.
Open All HoursOpen All Hours takes place in Edinburgh Leisure facilities across the city, offering teenagers the chance to get active, make friends and have fun on Friday evenings for just £1.
Ageing WellThrough Ageing Well, we encourage healthy and sociable lifestyles in later life by keeping older adults active, offering a range of low-cost activities led by friendly trained volunteers.
Female Only/BME Swimming
We provide opportunities for women to enjoy the benefits of swimming in a female only environment. A fun and sociable way for women from all cultures to get active and stay active in a safe and friendly environment.
£10 Get Active card
Our £10 monthly Get Active Pass support people living on a very low income and in receipt of certain benefits (e.g. Universal Credit). The £10 Get Active Pass offers low cost access to the gym, swimming and group fitness classes at off-peak times (off-peak times are opening until 4pm).
Activities for People with Additional Support Needs
We provide opportunities, information and support to enable people with disabilities or additional support needs to get active.
Carer Access Card
Our free Carer Access Card is designed so that carers can book in alongside the person they care for, so they can provide functional support at any of our venues.
Need a helping hand?
We can help you to use physical activity to combat a health condition or inequality you are facing. Find out more about our programmes which can help you do this below.
Our Steady Steps programme helps support adults who have had or may be at risk of having a fall, helping to build their strength and mobility.
Healthy Active Minds
Our dedicated programme supports people living with mental health conditions, such as depression, stress or anxiety to be active and live well.
Our Get Going programme helps children and their families to get active, eat well and achieve and maintain a healthy weight.
Get MovingWe provide a 12-week programme, helping adults to achieve and maintain a healthy weight through education sessions and physical activity.
Fit For Health
We support people living with long-term health conditions (including cancer) to better manage their condition and live better through physical activity.
Movement For Memories
Our Movement for Memories project supports people living with early, early on-set and mild to moderate dementia to be active. This includes activities such as swimming, gym sessions, golf, tennis and fitness classes.
Community Access ProgrammeOur Community Access programme supports community groups across Edinburgh, helping people experiencing inequalities to get active.
Looked After and Active
We harness the power of physical activity and sport to improve the lives of care-experienced children and young people. The project focuses on providing the additional support they need to see the benefits of a healthy and active lifestyle.
Our You Can project supports inactive care experienced young people aged 14-26 to lead more active, healthy lives. The project provides one to one motivational support and opportunities to be active, through a range of fun and sociable activities.
Our Active Mums programme supports mums living on a low income to get active, connect with other mums in their community and improve the health and wellbeing of their children, and themselves.
Ready to get involved?
Do you want to get more involved in delivering Active Communities programmes? We have a range of opportunities including volunteering, student placement and coaching qualification programmes where you can both make a difference and develop yourself.
Positive DestinationsPositive Destinations is a programme which can help young people Not in Employment, Education or Training (NEET) to get ready for the job market, supporting personal development and increasing motivation.
Volunteers are at the heart of our Active Communities programmes and we couldn't do what we do without their support. Find out how to get involved and volunteer with us below.
We conduct placements in Edinburgh Leisure venues across the city, helping to give our volunteers invaluable experience in the sport and leisure industry.
Download Our App
Why not download our FREE mobile app. Booking fitness classes, courts and golf tee times has never been faster! Available now for Apple and Android devices.