Suffolk Libraries’ Jumpstart campaign is back in the New Year and it’s bigger and better for 2023!

The Jumpstart wellbeing campaign will again be offering online fitness activities but, thanks to the support of Suffolk County Council’s Public Mental Health Programme, the campaign will run throughout 2023 and offer physical activities in libraries too.

The full programme is still being finalised but it is hoped it will include activities such as yoga, step aerobics, Pilates, chair-based Zumba, Chinese movement, dance and boxfit. The aim is to provide a wide range of activities both online and in the library, to suit people of all ages and abilities.

The aim is for the first month of each quarter to focus on taster sessions so there is plenty of variety for people to choose from. Suffolk Libraries will also be working with other local organisations to deliver the activities.

The campaign has previously been called Jumpstart January and in the past was limited to offering free online fitness sessions which proved popular during lockdown.

Nardyne Gilardoni, Suffolk Libraries Jumpstart Coordinator, said: “We’re very excited to be bringing back our Jumpstart campaign bigger and better than ever thanks to the support of Suffolk County Council. Offering such a diverse range of activities both online and in our libraries means we’ll have something to offer everyone. People may not associate fitness activities with libraries, but our lively library service is as always, accessible to everyone and wellbeing and health is a vital part of what we offer local communities. As we can reach different audiences across the county it will hopefully mean many people can try and enjoy some new activities for free and jumpstart a healthy, happier 2023.”

Cllr Andrew Reid, Suffolk County Council Cabinet Member for Public Health and Public Protection, said: “The Public Mental Health programme aims to support the things that keep us all mentally well in our day-to-day lives. These include activities that keep us moving and bring us together with other people from our communities.

“Suffolk County Council is pleased to be working with Suffolk Libraries to support more people to enjoy the wellbeing benefits of moving more. The libraries are a great place for people to try new activities and kick-start a more physically active lifestyle.”

Events will continue to be confirmed and booked over the coming weeks but the following have already been confirmed for January 2023:

  • Monday 9 January – Pilates at Ipswich County Library from 10.30am to 11.30am
  • Wednesday 11 January – Legs, Bums and Tums at Bury St Edmunds Library from 2pm to 3pm
  • Thursday 12 January – Chair Based Zumba at Stowmarket Library from 12.30pm to 1.30pm
  • Monday 16 January – Chinese Movement at Ipswich County Library from 1pm to 2pm
  • Tuesday 17 January – Zumba Gold at 10am at Ipswich County Library 10.00am to 11.00am
  • Wednesday 25 January – Boxfit at 7.30pm on Zoom
  • Thursday 26 January – Dance Fit at 6pm on Zoom.

Bookings for the physical events in libraries can be made by contacting or visiting the library. Online bookings for the two Zoom sessions will become available from mid-January.

The full details and programme of events will be available at suffolklibraries.co.uk/jumpstart and will be added to during the early part of 2023.

A survey of people who enjoyed Jumpstart January events in early 2022 found that 64% felt more motivated, 53% felt happier and 54% said they felt more relaxed as a result of taking part. 85% also said they had continued some form of physical activity since attending Jumpstart events.

Other comments hopefully showed how popular Jumpstart was in 2022 and the impact the activities had on people’s health and wellbeing:

“It gave a sense of achievement and joining in, even though I was at home on my own.”

“Absolutely loved each class. Has helped so much with keeping me fit and healthy. Thank you so much for putting these amazing activities on.”

“Thank you Suffolk Libraries, for providing these classes they have been a much needed and appreciated during these challenging times.”

Suffolk Libraries will also be sending regular wellbeing updates during 2023 which anyone can sign up for free and has set up a new Jumpstart Facebook group. There will also be special collections of recommended books on health and wellbeing. You can find out more on the Suffolk Libraries website.

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