Cambridge United Foundation – wellbeing activities

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Cambridge United Foundation run a range of free wellbeing activities each week, including a wellbeing walk, mental health football sessions and a community café. Everyone is welcome to go along to any of these sessions to spend some time with others and get a wellbeing boost.

This activity is good for wellbeing because

  • you can get active and spend time outdoors;
  • you can meet new people, socialise and form new friendships;
  • you can spend time with others in a safe and supportive space.

“Joining on the weekly wellbeing walks gives me a chance to get some physical exercise and enjoy the green spaces and nature. Whilst all of these are important to me personally, perhaps the strongest benefit is the social interaction with others who are also enjoying the outdoors, I highly recommend the walks.”

What to expect

More details about the wellbeing activities are given below, including information about how to book, where to park and what to expect when you go along:

Wellbeing Walk

Cambridge United Foundation run a Wellbeing Walk every Friday morning. It is a great way to get outside, socialise, and improve your physical and mental health. The group meet at the Trumpington Park and Ride building at 11am and then go for a walk around Trumpington Meadows for around an hour. The walk is free and open to adults of any age, fitness, or ability. Make sure to wear comfortable clothes and shoes that are weather-appropriate and bring a bottle of water.

There is ample parking at Trumpington Park and Ride, and it is also well connected by buses. No booking is required, but it is useful to let them know you are coming so they can keep an eye out for you. For more details or to let them know you will be attending, please email [email protected]

Mental Health Football

Mental Health Football sessions are held every Wednesday morning at the Abbey Leisure Complex. They are friendly sessions that provide a safe space for anyone aged 16+ to play football and socialise with others. They particularly welcome those who may be experiencing anxiety, depression, loneliness or mental health challenges to come along to feel more connected with their community.

The sessions are open to people of all abilities and levels of experience, including complete beginners or those who haven’t played since school. The structure of the sessions consists of a warmup, some football drills and a friendly match to finish. You can find out more information and book onto sessions via the Official Soccer Schools website, where you’ll also find information about other community sessions.

Community Café

Cambridge United Foundation host a Community Café in the Layrd Lounge at the Cledara Abbey Stadium on Wednesdays and Thursdays every week. This is a safe space for members of the community to come along for a chat, a cup of tea and a biscuit. Mindfulness colouring books, board games and jigsaw puzzles are also available. The Café is free to attend, although donations are welcome. No need to book, just go along. There is no need to stay for the full session, drop in and out as suits you.

There is lots of car parking available in the large car park at the back of the Cledara Abbey Stadium, which can be reached by turning down a narrow lane called Cut-Throat Lane off of Newmarket Road. To find out more email [email protected].

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All of the wellbeing activities listed above are free to attend.

How to contact

Where to go

Trumpington Park & Ride
43 Hauxton Rd
Cambridge CB2 9FT

Abbey Leisure Complex
Pool Way Whitehill Road Cambridge CB5 8NT

Abbey Stadium
The Cledara
Newmarket Rd
Cambridge CB5 8LN

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