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Community and mental health services for Southampton, Portsmouth and parts of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.


Health and fitness

NHS Get fit for free - The secret to getting fit for free is to use every opportunity to be active.

Couch to 5k

Lets Ride - Prefer cycling? Information on bike friendly routes and different groups you could join.  

Prefer swimming? See below for local pool information in Southampton and Portsmouth

iPrescribe Exercise

iPrescribe Exercise is a free, evidence-based iOS app which analyses the user's health and produces a personalised 12 week physical activity programme that gradually helps you to increase your activity levels. 

NHS fitness studio

Take your pick from 24 instructor-led videos in aerobics, strength and resistance, pilates and yoga categories.

Workouts have been created by fitness experts and range from 10 minutes to 45 minutes.

Southampton exercise referral scheme

The Get Active programme has been designed to offer a structured health & wellbeing programme for adults in Southampton who meet certain referral criteria. These criteria are:

  • You do less than 30 minutes of activity which leaves you out of breath, five times per week.
  • You have a medical condition.

Portsmouth exercise referral scheme

Ask your GP, consultant, nurse or physiotherapist for a referral form. All you’ll pay to join the scheme is a £7 welcome fee. For this you’ll to get an hour’s consultation to explore your medical history, followed by a personalised 12-week programme of discounted indoor and outdoor activities. It’ll be a mix of referral-specific classes, complemented by mainstream sessions in the gym, pool or studio, and possibly some exercises you can do at home.

Other exercise in Southampton

Active Nation - Exercise and group activities across varied locations including Bitterne leisure Centre, Chamberlayne sports centre, Woodmill outdoors activity centre and The Quays swimming complex.

Saints Foundation - Exercise classes for over 35s ran by the Southampton FC charity. Varied Southampton locations. You can refer yourself to their 'pathways to health' scheme here.

The Sporting Memories Association - Weekly group meetings, discussions and light physical activities. A club in Southampton and Eastleigh.

My Journey Southampton - Useful walking and cycling groups and route ideas, local to Southampton.  Followed by a cuppa and a chat!

Woolston Community Centre - Classes including yoga, box-fit, taekwondo and ladies keep fit.

Lordshill Community Association - A variety of classes and groups including yoga, taekwondo and line dancing.

Oaklands Community Pool - Over 70 sessions open to the community over a main pool and learner pool.

Places Leisure Eastleigh (formally Fleming Park) - Swimming, aquafit and several gym based classes eg Body pump.

Red Lodge Community Pool -  A wide range of sessions from swimming lessons to pool parties, fun sessions, lane swims, general public swimming and aqua fit. Based in Bassett.

Other exercise in Portsmouth

Aqua Silver Exercise ClassesThe Oasis swimming pool at Queen Alexandra Hospital holds a group called 'Aqua Silver'. You can self-refer to this programme of water based exercises and classes are for anyone with a musculoskeletal condition, such as RA.

Southsea lifestyle - Get Fit for 2019If you want to make 2019 the year you get fitter and healthier what’s the best form of regular exercise for you?

Fratton Community CentreThe community centre is made up of a gym, sports hall, and various sized rooms available to hire throughout the week 

Havelock Community CentreOur goal is to improve the opportunities available for the people in our community by providing help, support, services and facilities.

Buckland Community Centre - Our aim is to provide facilities for education, recreation, social welfare and leisure time occupation to all of the local community 

The Drayton Centre, Portsmouth hosts a variety of classes and activities for all age groups as well as playing host to many parties and events.

Eastney Community Centre There is a varied programme of health and fitness, social, educational and recreational activities for the people of Eastney, Milton and Southsea

The John Pounds Centre - Seeks to provide ‘A Gateway for a ‘Happier and Healthier Life for All’ through inclusive activities and services

Milton Village Community Centre Offers a wide range of activities for all ages including regular clubs and groups and a year round programme of trips and social events

Horizon Leisure Centre (Havant and Waterlooville) - Variety of gym classes e.g. Posture Pilates

Havant and Waterlooville exercise referral scheme

Horizon Leisure Centres 12 week exercise referral scheme at Havant and Waterlooville is a structured course of physical activity. You will get a personal activity plan from an exercise instructor, and gives you a 12 week opportunity to use the gym, swim facilities and attend exercise classes at your local leisure as agreed by your personal exercise instructor centre for reduced fees.  You will need to be referred by your health professional or GP. You can download the referral form and request to be referred.

Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS)

Please visit our services page for specific services and contact details. Alternatively, contact our Patient Advice and Liaison Service by emailing or calling the number below. You can also give us feedback, make a complaint or share a compliment.

 0800 013 2319

*Lines are open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5pm

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Phone: 0300 123 3919

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Our administrative and managerial centre is based in Southampton.

While our services can be found around various NHS locations in Southampton and Portsmouth (and surrounding districts), our administrative and managerial centre is based in Southampton at:

Highpoint Venue
Bursledon Road
SO19 8BR

If you require a printable version of how to find us including bus times, car access and bike info please download our leaflet. (Copyright of Highpoint Venue).

Central office phone: 0300 123 3390

*Lines open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.

If you are a journalist with a media enquiry, please contact the Communications Team at: 

0300 123 4156 or 02381 031076

The Communications Office is open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.