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Walking into Communities

Walking into Communities

The Walking into Communities project is based in Clay Cross North and South and is open to everyone. It aims to support residents to:

  • Be a little more active and get moving!
  • Feel more included in their community and feel less socially isolated We do this by listening to local people, giving information on what’s already happening in Clay Cross, and supporting residents to set up new activities.

We want to help bring the community together, so local people and groups can support one another. If you feel that you, or someone you know, could benefit from being involved in the project please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the team.

  • Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01246 231111.

Why become involved?

By registering for the Walking into Communities Project you can:

  • Get information on existing community activities near you
  • Give your ideas to help shape new activities in Clay Cross
  • Get help to set up a new group or activities
  • Try out our new social or physical activities at the same time as other newcomers or beginners
  • Access opportunities for skill development, training and volunteering

Being more active has significant benefits for health, both physical and mental, and can help to prevent and manage over 20 chronic conditions and diseases, including some cancers, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and depression.

Physical activity isn’t always about joining a gym, it could be a buggy push walk, swimming, chair-based exercise, Zumba, beginners dance classes, yoga, tag rugby, and much more!

When you combine this with meeting and socialising with other people, the fun really begins!

So that we can demonstrate the impact our project has had for local people we will require you to complete a registration form upon joining, and then a small set of questions again at three months, six months, and one year stages.

Support for existing community groups within Clay Cross

We can help with any of the following if needed:

  • Promote your group
  • Incorporate some physical activity into your existing session
  • Fund some taster sessions so you can try out new activities
  • Provide long-term equipment loans
  • Invite guest speakers to give information on health related topics
  • Help to increase the frequency of your group meetings

Forever Active

Forever Active is a daytime session with multisport and exercise activity with the aim of improving your overall wellbeing and a chance to socialise and make new friends.

This session is suitable for anybody with a long term health or mental health condition, or simply for anybody that would like to try out some new low impact sport and exercise.

This session currently takes place at Holmgate Community Centre on Mondays at 1:30-3:00pm whilst the re-development of Sharley Park Leisure Centre is being carried out. Please note the session must be paid for in advance at Sharley Park Leisure Centre or by using the leisure hub. Please contact Sharley Park Leisure Centre on 01246 217277 for more information regarding payments.

Holmgate Community Centre is located at Valley Rd, Clay Cross, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S45 9QF.

Activities include:

  • Kurling
  • Chair-based Exercise
  • Boccia
  • Table top games

Support for Carers

Carers can participate in our Forever Active session for free of charge alongside a paying participant.

  • The session is delivered by our Sports Development Coach Zoe.
  • The standard session price is £4.75 and everybody can try out the session for free of charge on their first time.
  • Sessions are free to JDM unlimited and corporate members.
  • Carers can take part for FREE.

Please contact us; Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01246 231111 for more information.

Book Buddies

An ‘non-traditional’ book club for Clay Cross and surrounding areas.

The group meets fortnightly every other Friday morning at 11.30am in the Tesco Community Room, Clay Cross.

The club costs £2 per session, with books and refreshments included.

The group gets together every couple of weeks to discuss the chapters they’ve read, the characters, and what they like or dislike! It’s very informal and friendly, no experience of book clubs necessary. The club is relaxed and allows for social time with light conversation. You'll find yourself discovering books that you wouldn't normally try.

Some of the books the group have read include Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, Cider with Rosie by Laurie Lee, Middlemarch by George Eliot and Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier.

Come along and give it a go!

“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading!” – Jane Austen

To find out more or if you'd like to try out the group please contact:

  • Lynn Graney, Tel: 07810 142018.

Couch 2 5k

Beginner group with a mixture of walking and jogging to build up fitness, get out and meet a friendly group of new people.

  • Every Thursday: 6.30-7.30pm
  • Price: First session is free then £3 thereafter (cash or card)
  • Meeting Point: The group meet at Clay Cross Hospital rear car park

Any questions ring John on 07902 249316.

Family walking and jogging group

Join in the fun & run! A family event for kids, parents, guardians, aunts, uncles, buggy pushers...

  • Every Saturday: 9.30am to 10.30am
  • Price: £3 per session. First session FREE for all. Adults are free for subsequent sessions with a participating child.
  • Meeting Point: Clay Cross Hospital rear carpark

Any questions ring John on 07902 249316.

Water Wellbeing Swim Session

Water Wellbeing

Update 23/01/24: The session will be frozen during the Sharley Park closure - The last session will be Friday 23rd February and reopen Winter 2024/25.

Do you have an injury, long term health condition or simply don’t like exercising on land? Then our instructor led, weekly “Water Wellbeing” session might well be for you.

The unique properties of water make swimming perfect for people of all ages to exercise, particularly those with injuries, impairments, long term health conditions, or those who struggle to exercise on land.

Swimming has a positive impact on a range of physical and mental health conditions including dementia, obesity, cancer, cerebral palsy and pulmonary disease.

This session is not intended to be a swimming lesson. It can be tailor-made for your needs or you can be left alone to enjoy the water or chat to others in the pool.

  • Every Friday: 2.30pm to 3.30pm
  • Price: £3.90 per session. This session is free for carers alongside a paying participant.
  • Where: Sharley Park Leisure Centre
  • Who: Suitable for anyone aged 16+

Please contact us; Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01246 231111 for more information.

Games Morning

A FREE session for everyone to attend. Pop down to meet new people, play some games and have some fun! Coffee & Cake offer available for £5!

  • Tuesdays: 9.30am to 11.30am (from 11 June 2024)
  • Price: Free!
  • Where: Rumbles Café, Based in the Bret Club, Clay Cross, S45 9NW
  • Who: All welcome!

Physical Activity Champions

We have developed a Physical Activity Network in Clay Cross were people that share the value that physical activity is good for health and wellbeing, can come together, to inspire and support more people to be more physically active.

If you are interested in being part of the network or would like more information, please get in touch.

Please contact us; Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01246 231111 for more information.

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If you want to keep informed of upcoming Walking into Communities events and activities, Please contact us; Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01246 231111.