Free online exercise sessions for Bedfordshire

A woman exercising in her kitchen

Free exercise classes (and equipment) for Bedfordshire residents

The Disability Resource Centre is breaking down the barriers and providing an exciting package of support to help people living in Bedfordshire (both Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire) and Luton to exercise safely at home including:

  • Free beginner-level online classes by local fitness professionals
  • Join the free classes online by live video or watch pre-recorded sessions and exercise any time
  • Free exercise equipment hire of items like resistance bands and balls
  • Free tablet computer hire and technology training for people without a smartphone, PC/Mac or tablet, so they can join the online sessions

Read full details about this free programme on The Disability Resource Centre’s website.

Free Facebook exercise sessions

As part of the Central Bedfordshire Council the Active Lifestyles Team are dedicated to the development and delivery of physical activities and wellness programmes. They are aiming to provide the whole community with the opportunity to lead an active, healthy and happier lifestyle.

The Active Lifestyles Team say “Being physically active can help improve both your mental and physical health. Moving more can also help you get a good night’s sleep, which helps your brain to rest and recharge.

Whether you are completely new to physical activity or would like to do a little more each day, why not try one of the free Facebook sessions on offer.

See the leaflet below for full details.

See the Active Lifestyle team’s Facebook page.

Related links:

Here are some useful links to websites and organisations for advice during the coronavirus crisis.

Regularly updated coronavirus information from Citizens Advice:

The Disability Resource Centre – The Disability Resource Centre is a local charity and has useful information and free services listed on their website. The team is contactable by telephone, email, Facebook Messenger, text, WhatsApp and you can chat directly to the team on the website.

Paying your utility bills

The Money Advice Service – Advice for those struggling to pay your gas or electricity bills

Npower – If you are an Npower customer and are struggling with your utility bills

EDF Energy – If you are an EDF Energy customer and struggling to pay your bills

British Gas Energy Trust – Help with your energy bills regardless of who your supplier is

Affinity Water – Help with your Affinity Water bill

UK Power Networks – Support for vulnerable people in the event of a power cut 

Paying your rent or mortgage 

The Money Advice Service – Help available to those with mortgages or paying rent

Help for the self employed 

The Money Advice Service – Your rights if you are self employed

Benefits – Claiming benefits if you find yourself out of work 

Overdrafts/Credit Cards

Moneysavingexpert – Temporary measures to help with overdraft and credit card interest 

Managing your money

The Money Advice Service – Help if you have reduced income/lose your job

Hardship Funds

Turn2usThe Turn2us website has a grants search facility alongside it’s benefits calculator

Disability Grants – Grants for disabled people

Glasspool – Grants to ease hardship

Moneysavingexpert – Grants for low income families

Donations – If you’d like to help financially and show your support during the coronvirus outreak 

The Trussell Trust  – If you can help by donating food or supplies  to a food bank 

Can you help?

The National Care Force is a nationwide network of care providers, healthcare workers and volunteers ready to support the most vulnerable during the coronavirus outbreak.  See the The National Care Force website for full details.