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Active Steps

A service to support people to become and stay active

Why is Active Steps needed?

Being active has lots of benefits for people living with a lung condition or a long-term condition, such as type 2 diabetes and arthritis. But most people with a lung condition do far less activity compared to the general population. 

We know people's activity levels decline after they’re diagnosed with lung disease, and they continue to fall. People with a lung condition can experience unique barriers to becoming active. Individual support can overcome them.

What is Active Steps?

Active Steps is a 1:1 service to support inactive people with a lung condition to become and stay active. Here’s how we support people:

  • regular telephone calls.
    We use motivational interviewing to identify ways to increase people’s readiness to be active. Once an individual feels ready, we help them find ways they want to be active and support them to start. The service won’t prescribe exercise or give medical advice.
  • regular e-newsletters.
    Throughout the service, we email participants with regular updates that provide support and encouragement. Example content includes inspirational stories from people who’ve benefited from physical activity, and regular top tips to staying active.
  • sending information.
    The pack includes our Keep Active booklet, an Active Steps plan full of tasks to facilitate behaviour change, an activity tracker and a Stay active, stay well exercise DVD.

The service runs Monday-Thursday 9am - 5pm and Friday 9am -3.30pm. There are evening appointments on until 8pm on Tuesdays.

Important notice

We are currently unable to accept new applicants for the Active Steps programme, if you are interested, please email [email protected] and we’ll add you to the waiting list.

Who can you signpost?

Active Steps is for anyone with a lung condition who:

  • is inactive: they do less than 30 minutes of moderate intensity activity a week.
  • lacks confidence or motivation to get active on their own, and wants support to do so


Thank you to Sport England and the National Lottery for funding this service.