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Here are some questions already asked.
Q: Hi I need to lose weight,I'm 5ft and 12 stone,I have high cholesterol (on medication),and would love to get healthy but even with the smart card it would still cost me £14 month to join farnworth leisure centre.I am on income support due to long term sickness. G.Ps used to do a free prescription to health scheme a while ago in manchester,does bolton provide this sort of scheme?
Dianne in Kearsley
Further to receiving your question on our activebolton website, I have attached details of a Joint exercise and Weight Management session in Bolton.
The session contains 1hours exercise and 1 hr weight management. It started on Tuesday 28th July so we'll only be into our 2nd week next week. The session takes places at the Theatre Church hall on Seymour Rd off Blackburn Rd, 1pm - 3pm. Unfortunately the lady who runs the weight management session is on annual leave for the next 2 weeks but the exercise session will still be running. See attached flyer.
If this sessions isn't suitable you could look at joining another weight management session by clicking on 'Rite Weight' on the home page of our website.
Another option for exercise is to book onto a First Step session in your area where you can find out more information about where you can Get Active. Again click on the 'First Step' button on the home page or ring 334195 for further details.
If you would like to chat further about any of this information please do not hesitate to contact me on 01204 488202.
Q: Are there any up and coming classes for pilates or yoga in Farnworth during the day - I don't have transport?
A the moment there are no classes run by Get Active for Pilates or yoga in Farnworth. But keep looking on the website for any classes in the future. Or you could check out any classes near to Farnworth within reach by public transport.
Q: i see your get active programme is targeted at pple 45years old & over. i am 29 and overweight but i want to be in a group with people my age.do you have anything for under 45s? thank you.
The Get Active Programme does target over 45's in Bolton, however we do have people within their late 20's & 30's attending our sessions so you would be more than welcome to attend. If there is a particluar session you have seen feel free to contact us before going along to that session to find out the average age range. It is important to highlight, that our sessions are generally low to moderate intensity level sessions.
Further more, there are various other activities and sessions on the website that target all age ranges, such as Bolton Community College sessions.
If you would like to chat about any of this information further please feel free to contact us on 0800 458 9029.
Q: are there any facilities for elderly people in Bradshaw/Harwood districts. If not then what if any arrangements are being made for provision of facilities ?.
The sessions that are currently set up in the Bradshaw area are Bowls, Gardening and Health Walks. If you click on the Activity search and click on Bradshaw you will find further details on there, there are contact numbers for each activity, it is always worth ringing before you attend.
joan dyson asked:
Q: How do you get the smart card mentioned for free swimming?
Click on the following link and you can download the application form online.
What do I need to do to sign up?
Complete a Bolton Smart card or Bsmart application form (including signature of parent or guardian if under 16) and take it to your nearest enrolment point. You can pick up an application form at your nearest One Stop Shop, library or leisure centre or download and print out your own copy by clicking on the link.
Where to enrol
You can take your completed BoltonSmart card or BSmart application form to your nearest enrolment point:
- your local library.
- One Stop Shop in the Bolton Town Hall or Farnworth Town Hall
- area offices in Farnworth, Westhoughton, Horwich, and Little Lever
For more information contact us using the email addresses on the right ( Bolton Smart 1st, BSmart 2nd) , or telephone the Bolton Smart card / BSmart helpine: 01204 334123. Monday to Friday, 8am - 6pm.
What do I need to bring with me?
All applicants must bring proof of their identity. These could include any one item from the list below:
- 3rd Party Corroboration
- Adoption Certificate
- Asylum Seeker – Registration Card (ARC) or SAL1 or SAL2 forms
- Bank\Building Society Statement or Passbook or Post Office Statement
- Birth Certificate
- Building Industry Sub-contractor’s Certificate
- Certificate of Employment in HM Forces
- Confirmed by Electoral Register Search
- Court Order
- Current Firearms Certificate
- Current Full UK Driving Licence (old version or photo card type)
- Current UK signed passport
- Divorce or Annulment Papers
- GV3 Form for people who wish to travel in the UK
- Home Office Letter IS KOS EX or KOS EX2
- Local Authority Tax Bill
- Local Council Rent Card or Tenancy Agreement
- Marriage Certificate
- Original Benefits Award Notification letter
- Police Registration document
- Recent Inland Revenue Tax Notification
- Recent Original Mortgage Statement
- Recent utility bill or certificate
- Record of home visit
- Residence Permit issued by Home Office
Please note that your application data will be held confidentially and only used to inform you about Bolton Smart, BSmart and other relevant council services.
Elaine Grundy asked:
Q: I would like to have swimming lessons, I am 64, but apart from a one-to-one session at Horwich, I can't find anywhere. I live in the Halliwell area and I do not have transport. Is there anywhere within walking distance that teaches swimming?
The Jubilee Pool within Halliwell is probably the nearest to you. At the moment they do not have any 'Learn to Swim' classes but they do have Ladies only sessions if that's any use?
I am interested in cycling but unfortunately I don't know how to ride a bike! There are lots of cycling groups out there but they are for people who already know how to cycle. Are there any cycling groups for adults specifically about learning to ride a bike in Bolton?
Thank you for your help!
We offer Cycle rides for beginners at Leverhulme Park on Thursday mornings. Helen Enevoldson is the person to contact and you can arrange a time with her.
Helen.firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 01204 462 121
We provide bikes and helmets.
Q: Good Afternoon
please could you tel me if you do any classes in the great lever area for pregnant women - i am 25 years old and 4 weeks pregnant i am slightly overweight but want to get fitter and healther. please advise. thanks jen
Thanks for you question.
Anna from the Get Active Team will contact you shortly to have a chat about what options there are in Great Lever.
Q: Hi there. It's now the end of the year 2009, and i want to know if there are going to be any continued activities for this coming new year, 2010? I am interested in trying to get some fitness back and would like to know if the adult boxing/training sessions are still in on-going both at the Castle Hill youth centre, and at the Shadows boxing gym at Ladybridge? I'm mid 40s and am keen to get back into some sort of shape again. Many thanks, Steve'O. (26th, Dec' 09).
In response to your question, yes we will be continuing the Boxing sessions at Castle Hill, Thursdays, 10.30am - 12pm and at Ladybridge. I would advise that you keep yourself updated with any new or upcoming sessions we have on the 'Activity Search' part of the website.
We hope to see you at our sessions this year!
Q: im a very unhealthy 48year old wtih not a lot of confidence and would be interested in activities in the breightmet/bolton area. i have tried ringing the contact number a couple of times but couldn't get through! thankyou, janet
Our contact number is 01204 488202 or 0800 458 9029, and you can speak to a member of the team to find out about what activities are going on in your area. You can also click on the 'Activity Search' part of the website and search on a wide range of different exercise sessions across Bolton.
I am an occupational therapist working with a lady who has myasthenia gravis (grave muscle weakness) and has just returned to work part time.
She used to be active with yoga, karate and would like to grade a return to being active - she can easily get fatigued but is motivated.
Do you have any suitable activities - perhaps tai chi - she lives in Astley bridge but has transport.
Would really appreicate your advice
I have picked up your message off the Get Active Website. All our activities plus more are listed within the Activity Part of the website but I would recommend the following classes for this lady as they are low/mod intensity:
Pilates - Wed 3pm - 4pm Thicketford House, Tonge Moore
Chairobics - Tues, 12.30pm - 1.30pm, Tonge Moor UCAN Centre
Tai Chi - Tues, 10am - 11am, 11am - 12pm, Thicketford House, Tonge Moore.
Pilates - Thurs, Sutton Community Centre, Hulton - Thurs, 4.15pm - 5pm
Gentle Stretch & Exercise - Halliwell UCAN, Monday, 12.30pm - 1.30pm
Thicketford House, Fri, 10.30am - 11.15am & 11.30AM - 12.15pm
These are just our sessions but as you can see there are more listed on the website. Maybe advise on the other chair based exercises. All Get Active sessions are up to date but you will need to ring any of the other activities to book and make sure it is still running.
Please feel free to contact me on 01204 488202 if you would like to speak about this further.
Q: I live on wigan road deane and need help with losing weight and starting an exercise programme please can you advise, I do not have a lot of money to spend on weekly classes, thankyou.
I have received the message below on our website. Thanks for getting in touch.
We currently have a Fitness For Fun Class running every Wednesday 9am - 10am at the Willows Community Centre, just off Oriel St. The class is £1.50 and is followed by a Weight management session. However, you will need to book onto the Weight Management session seperately. Their contact details are: Kathryn Brignall, 01204 462695. See RiteWeight link on website for further details.
We also run Line Dancing Classes at Hulton Lane Community Centre, Hulton Lane on Tuesday afternoons and evenings, also £1.50 per session.
All these activites plus more are all advertised on the Active Bolton Website under 'Activity Search'. However, if you would like to speak to someone further please contact the team on 0800 458 9029 (free from a landline).
ian burke asked:
Q: I have been identified as high risk towards developing a cardiovascular disease and have been advised to take some exercise. I enjoy walking but haven't done any for the past six weeks. I would like to do some exercise in a gym as well. I am currently unemployed and i do have a smart card. how much would a gym session cost. I live in Halliwell on Schoolhill?
Bolton Community Leisure Centres offer discounts with Smart cards so it's worth looking on their website and giving them a call.
There isn't a Centre in Halliwell but there are Sharples, Turton and Horwich nearby.
Please also click on the 'Activity Search' part of this site for more info.
Q: I am interested in joining a long distance walking club ( say 5 - 8 miles) for the over 40s. I am living in Astley Bridge and I use public transport (no problem if I need to travel). I've already tried the health walk at Moss Bank but would like to try something more challenging.
I have picked up your message on the Active Bolton website, thanks for getting in touch.
The ramblers or CHA hold longer walks and even coach walks where they go to the lakes and have a long walk.
General Secretary, Bolton Group
Pat Hall: phone: 01204 300602 or e-mail: pat.hall1@ntlworld .com
Bolton CHA Rambling Club
Membership Secretary, Doreen Pearson on 01204 394649.
Q: I understand there is a Line Dancing class at Hulton Lane Comm.Centre on Tuesdays 1 - 3pm for beginners. Can you advise if this is still running.
Yes the Line Dancing Class is still running at Hulton Lane. Please see the 'Actviity Search' part of the site for more details.
Q: l am interested in the yoga class at Deepdale Centre, haven't done this before, do l just turn up and do l need to take anything with me. l am 61.
Yes you can just turn up. You will be asked to complete a Health Screening Questionnaire on your first session. Just wear loose fitting clothing and I would advise to take a bottle of water to keep hydrated. You will not need your own mat but if you wish to you can take your own.
Feel free to contact us on 0800 458 9029 if you would like any further info.
Hope you enjoy the session!
Sarah Williams asked:
I am currently 13 weeks pregnant and would like to do some gentle exercise after work to help prepare my body for giving birth, to keep healthy and to ensure that I do not put on masses of weight during my pregnancy as I am already overweight. It has been suggested that I could-
- go swimming, but would prefer a ladies only swim, do any centre's do this?
- ante-natal aqua aerobics, do any centre's do this?
I am from Westhoughton, work off Tonge Moor Road, but I do have transport.
Thank you for your help it is greatly appreciated.
Thanks for your message. There are ladies only swimming sessions at Jubilee Pool in Halliwell. However, it is also worth visiting Bolton Community Leisure centre's website www.boltonleisure.com There are 12 centres across Bolton and all their timetables are listed on their website.
Alternatively you could ring and enquire, all the contact numbers are listed on their website.
If you would like any more info please do not hesitate to contact me on 0800 458 9029.
Q: Is there an ongoing session in Bolton that I can attend that supports healthy eating and weight loss?
If you go to the Home page of this website and click on the 'RiteWeight' tab you will find details of a Weight Management programme that supports you through healthy eating and weight loss. Their contact details are on there too.
I am 35 i was previously very active with running and aerobics, unfortunatly i have had a bad back and was told not to run. I really want to shift my weight as it is getting me down and would love to do aerobics. could you recommend something.
There are still plenty of different types of exercise that you can do! Swimming is an excellent overall body workout and doesn't impact upon your joints so would be ideal. If you visit www.boltonleisure.com there are details of swimming across Bolton.
Pilates is also recommended for back pain, it helps strengthen your core muscles putting less pressure on your back. If you click on the activity search part of this website, click on 'view all activities' and search for 'pilates' on the type of exercise.
A dance class might be also worth a try such as 'LIne Dancing' or 'Salsa'. There is very little impact with these exercises as opposed to jumping around in an Aerobics class.
Feel free to contact us if you would like more info.
Q: Hi I live in the Harwood Bradshaw area I am interested in doing karate or boxing I am 28 I currently go to the gym.
Thanks for your message. The Boxing session Get Active lead is at Castle Hill Youth Centre off Tonge Moore Rd, it is an Adult class and runs on Thursday's, 10.30 - 11.30am. The session is Free of charge. If you click on the 'Activity Search' part of the site you will find further details of the Boxing session plus more activities.
Here are some details of Karate Clubs in the bolton area:
MORRISONS BLACK BELT SCHOOL ACADEMY, Unit 6, Falcon Mill, Halliwell
0800 977 4151 – 0799 084 2667-
or email@example.com http://www.boltondragons.co.uk/
Horwich Resource Centre, Beaumont Rd, Horwich, Bolton, BL6 7BG
Please feel free to contact us on 0800 458 9029 for more info.
Q: Where can I find ladies only swimming sessions in Bolton?
There are Ladies only sessions at Ladybridge Leisure Centre in Deane, and Sharples Leisure Centre in Astley Bridge.
The reason the sessions are specific to these sites is to ensure that it is ‘Ladies Only’, it is fairly easy to make sure all male access is minimal, with the only male access being when we have a pool emergency/fire etc.
Sessions can be booked directly by contacting Suzy on 01204 334 488 (206) alternatively at sites Ladybridge reception is contactable on 01204 334432, and Sharples 01204 334224.
Ladybridge Sessions are on a Saturday afternoon at approximately 1 o’clock and Sharples lessons are on a Monday evening around 6 o’clock.
For the initial 6 week course of 40minute sessions its is chargeable at £12 per course, for the future courses it is then £18 and has no further reduction with a Bolton Smart Card.
I hope this information is helpful.
Q: Which swimming pools in bolton are wheelchair accersible and if somebody is disabled and over 50 will they be welcome at any over 50s swimming sessions held at theses swimming pools
Jubilee Pool in Halliwell Tennyson St, Bolton, Lancashire BL1 3HW is accessible to wheelchair users. Tel: 01204 334443. They also have over 50's swimming sessions running on Monday's 2 - 3pm.
If you click on www.boltonleisure.com you will also find other pools in the Bolton area.The Howrich and Farnworth pools have recently been refurbished somaybe worth contacting those for more info.
If you would like to speak to anyone further please don't hesitate to contact us on 0800 458 9029.
Lynn Wilson asked:
Q: Hi is there any belly dancing in Bolton for beginners iam 60
Thanks for your question. There is a Belly Dancing class for beginners starting this Saturday at Wolfenden Community Centre 1.30-2.30pm £1. Please contact Anna Kinley on 07799674476 before attending for further info.
Q: Hi, I'm 39 and have done no physical exercise for approx 5 years due to a taking on a driving job.
I have now put on 1.5 stones and I'm really feeling the strain this is putting on my body.I need to start some physical exercise ASAP, am I free to turn up to any session and are some classes more suitable than others. I have no health issues other than being porky!
Thanks for your question. It would be really good for you to have a look on http://www.getactivebolton.co.uk where you'll find loads of ideas on ways to get more active. For more ideas check out the How to Get Active button where you'll see that there are loads of different ways to be more active. http://www.facebook.com/#!/change4life?sk=app_263233263711388 is another really useful tool for those looking to find what type of activities best suit their personality.
Check out our 'Activity Search' page as well to see what activities are available.
Good luck and feel free to contact us for more info!
Q: hi there you know the Boxing Fitness for Adults at castel hill what are the ages for that thanks
The Boxing session at Castle Hill is for adults aged 18yrs +, we generally get a mixture of ages between 25yrs - 65yrs.
If you would like to speak to someone feel free to contact us on 0800 458 9029.
Q: hi there you know the Boxing Fitness for Adults at castel hill what are the ages for that thanks
I have received your question on the Active Bolton website, we have a range of people accessing this session from 18yrs up to 60yrs.
Hope this helps. If you would like to speak to a member of the team don't hesitate to contact us on 0800 458 9029.
Q: I have a smart card but I want to know if I can use it at Bolton One leisure centre, I am on benefits I am 53 years old. Thank You
I have just received your question on the Active Bolton website and yes you will be able to use your SMART card at Bolton One. For more information it would be better to contact them directly on 0845 267 1219 or visit http://www.boltonleisure.com/bolton_one/ABOUTContact
Q: I am 63 years old and do very little in the way of exercise. I have recently been diagnosed with Osteoporosis and wonder if there are any activities that will help - apparently weight bearing exercise is advised but I have no idea where to start!
Thanks for your message. Weight bearing exercises are the most effective to build bones and they include, walking, stair climbing, jogging, hiking. Also by partcipating in exerciseses to increase muscle strength, co-ordination and balance will reduce the risk of falls and therefore bone fractures.
Suitable exercises can be found in the 'activity search' section of the website.
w h lynn asked:
Q: need information for swimming in the area have transport .
Click on the link below to view all swimming opportunities across Bolton.
Q: Hiya, Please can you tell me if there are any knit and chat (or similar) clubs in the Halliwell area. Thank you.
The best place to contcat would be Halliwell UCAN on Shepherds Cross St. They have information about group actviities in the area.
Tel: 01204 335564
I'm a frequent visitor to the area but not a resident, would I be allowed to do your classes I'm 61 if thats not to old.
Thanks for your message.
You are never too old to get active and we would be more than happy for you to come along to our sessions. Although we do target over 45's we wouldn't turn anyone away unless they were under 18 yrs.
All actviities on offer in Bolton are listed on the activity part of the wesbite but do feel free to contact us on 0800 458 9029 (free from landline) to find out further details.
Hope to hear from you soon.
Q: Hi my name is cassie and I need to find someone local to teach me to swim I am my husband's carer and I can't leave him for long periods of time, 10 til 12 or 1.30 til 2.30 are the only times I have free. I can't find anywhere near bolton area that would teach me, my husband and I go abroad for our holiday and I feel so silly not knowing how to swim. I was always afraid of drowning, I would dearly love to learn.
Thanks for your message.
There are a variety of pools across Bolton that offer swimming lessons. Visit http://www.boltonleisure.com/ for more information. Alternatively you can ring 334488 to speak to someone.
Q: Is there anywhere in Bolton that teaches adults to ride a bicycle?
Yes, if you contact Helen Enevoldson, our Cycle Worker, she will be able to arrange a session with yourself at Leverhulme Park around the track.
Helen Enevoldson - Tel; 01204 462121 or 07918724467.
Q: I am over 45, healthy but looking to do more exercise as I work in Sales and drive in my job covering a large area (leaving early and sometimes returning late) and struggle to fit exercise into my routine. Do you have any plans to introduce Gym sessions or Jogging, Walking activities at the weekend and possibly evenings during the week?
I have picked up your email from the Get Active website. We do have exercise sesssions running in the evenings including; Gym session at the YMCA, Wed, 6.30pm - 7.30pm - £2.50 per session, Non-contact Boxing - Ladybridge Leisure Centre, Mon/Wed, 7.30pm - 9pm. The other alternative would be to join Bolton Community Leisure Centres where you have the option of going before or after work and weekends!
Take a look at the following website of local running clubs including Bolton United Harriers and Athletic club, Horwich RMI Harriers.
We are constantly looking at developing new activities and so will consider setting something up over the weekends. Keep a look out for more activities on the website.
Q: How can I get fit again?
All of the activities listed on this website are graded according to their difficulty:
1 - Low intensity
2 - Medium/low intensity
3 - Average intensity
4 - Medium/high intensity
5 - High intensity
So, if you haven't exercised for a while, start off with low intensity exercises and gradually build up as your fitness improves.
Q: I am 46 years i have over weight and diabetes i have no activities i am interested in cycling & exercise.& swimming
Someone from the Get Active team will contact you in the next day to have a chat regarding how we might be able to help you become involved in doing some exercise.
Q: How far would I have to jog to burn off a pint of lager?
This would depend on a number of factors including
- Your jogging speed
- Your current weight
- the type of lager you were drinking
The following website article might be useful
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