Physical Activity and Parks for carers in Islington

Find out:

  • The benefits for carers of visiting a park or being physically active
  • Parks in Islington
  • Physical activity in Islington, including specific offers for carers


Visiting a park or being physically active are excellent ways to deal with the pressures of being a carer. They:

  • Can reduce stress, fatigue, anxiety and depression
  • Offer the opportunity to be outside the home either with or without the person who is being cared for
  • Offer the opportunity to meet new people

Parks in Islington

Islington has over 100 parks. They are free and open long hours. They offer something to see and do and to be in nature. Parks and green spaces has full information about parks in Islington.

Physical activity in Islington

There are over 60 sports and other types of physical activity on offer in Islington at more than 100 clubs, leisure centres, libraries, parks, community centres and other venues. There is something for everyone, whatever your physical ability, age, or whether you have a disability. Many of these activities are free or low-cost. Sport and physical activity has full information about sport and physical activity in Islington. A map shows where activity is on offer in Islington. 

GLL, also known as Better, who run the council’s seven leisure centres, have special offers for carers:

  • Free entry for a carer/personal assistant when supporting someone in the gym (personal use of facilities by a carer/personal assistant is chargeable, please contact your local centre website for prices and membership options)
  • The Give It A Go Programme supports people to become more physically active. Following an initial health check, participants are given a six-week programme with a range of tailored activities to simply give it a go. Usually, participants need to have Better membership. Carers can sign up at a reduced rate of £30. A carer needs to apply through the Islington Carers Hub.
  • GLL offers a range of memberships. This includes a concessionary rate for residents who have a disability or receive benefits, under 16s, full-time students and senior citizens.

If you have a question about the content on this page, contact John Thorne:; 020 7527 7096.

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