Health and physical activity come hand in hand and we know the importance of preventing physical and mental health issues later in life as Inactivity has one of the biggest financial impacts on the National Health Service.

GP Exercise Refferal

What is the exercise rerferral programme?

A comprehensive 12 week programme of exercise supported by qualified exercise referral staff.

The aim of the programme is to increase exercise and activity in everyday life for people who want to improve their health. Exercise referral is particualry suitable those people who currently do either no or very little physical activity but who are motivated to do more.

What’s on offer?

There is a range of different physical activity and exercise opportunities available to access including: Gym sessions, swimming, fitness classes.


Support to access opportunities to increase physical activity levels and support the self-management of health conditions longer term following completion of the initial 12 week programme

How do I get on the exercise referral programme

To access the programme you will need to be referred through a GP or qualified health professional and must meet the eligibility and inclusion criteria which are:

  • Aged 19 years+
  • Derbyshire resident/registered with a Derbyshire GP
  • Inactive, i.e. less than 150 minutes moderate intensity physical activity each week
  • You have not previously been referred onto this programme

Where can I participate?

Arc Leisure Matlock

Ashbourne Leisure Centre

Wirksworth Leisure Centre

The GP exercise referral scheme in Derbyshire is administed by Live Life Better Derbyshire, for more information about exercise referral and Live Life Better Derbyshire go to the website below: https://www.livelifebetterderbyshire.org.uk/

Local Health Campaigns

Active Communities work alongside various local health campaigns to encourage a healthy and active lifestyle.

We support local health programmes in partnership with Derbyshire Dales District Council and Live Life Better Derbyshire, these include weight management, exercise referral, cardiac and cancer rehabilitation and other active ageing initiatives. Our staff across local centres are trained to encourage everyone who wants to improve their health into an opportunity for them.