About Us

Lynn Summerside
Founder and Managing Director
Barley Mow Park Social Retreat
Day Opportunities

Welcome!   We are B’ Active ‘N’ B’ Fit CIC, we’re an award-winning Community Interest Company (CIC) situated in Barley Mow Park. 

You may have also heard of Sit ‘n’ ‘b’ fit which is another branch of services we offer.  

We started in 2002 and have 19 years of experience in supporting local people within the community of Sunderland with their health and well-being using a person-centred approach. Our mission is to help reduce social isolation, maintain independent living and improve the health and well-being of our local community here in Sunderland using a holistic approach, as well as increase social cohesion.  

Using our experience and success over the years in exercise, social activities, and holistic therapies we have developed a programme of activities both onsite at Barley Mow Park and out in the community of Sunderland.      

Activities include health and fitness activities, holistic therapies, lifestyle and confidence-building courses, walking groups, learning new skills or enjoying a social activity. We work with individuals who have Long Term Health Conditions and by their own admission have felt bored, tired, sad, lonely, and are maybe looking for something new to do, as well as those individuals suffering with their mental health.

*We accept referrals from Health and Social Care Professionals as well as Direct referrals from members of the public.   

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Outreach Services

We deliver outreach services to the community here in the city of Sunderland​. Our outreach services include: a one-to-one exercise service, Personal Assistance (PA) services and exercise classes in care homes, sheltered accommodations, and community organisations

Personal assistance (PA) services are available to support the individual with their independence. A PA helps with tasks such as shopping, hospital appointments, gym, cinema, etc. Our PA services can run all day, tailored to the individual’s needs.
We also deliver a one-to-one exercise service in the comfort of your own home. This service is beneficial to those who have finished physio and need to maintain exercise and movement. It’s an excellent tool for those who are in rehabilitation after a period of ill health and for individuals with health conditions preventing them from participating in mainstream exercise. The sessions improve and sustain mobility and functionality, to aid independent living with a view to social integration dependent on client choice. 

We provide exercise classes to a number of Care Homes, sheltered accommodations and community organisations across the city of Sunderland. Supplying stimulating activities for clients to help improve and sustain mobility, functionality, and fitness which can aid in the prevention of falls in older people. 

Why not come along with a friend and join in one of our tailored community exercise classes, download the list below:       

I haven’t been very active over the past few years mainly because of work but now I have started this course I want t​o carry on getting more active.  I feel like I am getting stronger, but would like to keep on and do more classes to keep my fitness up.   Community Exercise Classes 2023

Barley Mow Park Social Re-Treat - Day Opportunities

We provide a ‘Day Opportunities’ service at our Barley Mow Park Social Retreat for individuals who are aged 50+. We support individuals with physical, mobility, and mental health challenges.

We provide person-centred exercise programs to help improve mobility and reduce dependence on carers. We have enjoyed great success with our ' Seat to Feet' 'Maintenance Moves' and Dementia Activities; we also teach specific Falls Prevention

Our activities include Sit ‘n’ ‘b’ fit , Park walk ‘n’ Talk, Memory Recall and Reminiscence, Exercise movement and Dance, Arts ‘N’ Crafts , Therapeutic Exercise, Gardening ‘N’ Growing, Holistic Therapies, Reiki, EFT, Laughter yoga, Tea ‘N’ Talk, Singing, Day Trips, and Health and Wellbeing advice. 

The programme of activities begins at 09:30am and runs throughout the day until 15.30pm. Activities are delivered to small groups of up to 10 people to ensure everyone feels they can be heard and receive the support they need to participate. 

If our Day Opportunities is something you would be interested in joining and you would like a taster please get in touch.

Mum loves going to her club and she counts down the days  between her sessions.  Cathy Fletcher, Day Opportunities 2023

Our News

Our Latest Article : Our New Project

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Business Woman of the Year Award 2012

The annual Sun FM Local Business Awards celebrates the cream of Wearside businesses at the Stadium of Light, in a big glittering award ceremony. Business Woman of the Year Award 2012 Winner: Lynn Summerside of B Active ‘N’ B Fit
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Secret Millionaire

FROM her office in the Hendon Co-op Buildings in Mowbray Road, Lynn Summerside, runs Sit ‘n’ ‘b’ Fit Community Interest Company, which offers therapeutic exercise for older and disabled people. Jonathan’s donation of £15,000 will allow her to take on an a...
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Frequently Asked Questions

Day Opportunities

Is lunch provided?  
Member’s are required to bring in their own lunch, but Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided.     
Is transport provided? 
There is a bus service that can pick up and drop off members to and from our social retreat subject to availability. Equally, next of kin can bring their family member or friend in should they wish.   

Where are we located? 
Our Social Retreat is based in Barley Mow Park (Barley Mow Park, Ryhope Rd, Hendon, Sunderland SR2 9RQ, see our ‘Contact Us’ section for more information.     

Payment Cancellation policy 
Payment is made either directly or through the local authority (depending on circumstances).  Assessing needs?     

Cancellation policy 
You would still be expected to pay for cancelled sessions. We have limited spaces available and they’re reserved for  each member. We cannot fill a space when an individual is absent for X purposes    
Is assistance provided to the toilet? 
Yes, assistance to the toilet is provided to those who may need it.    

Can I attend Day Opportunities as and when I feel? 
Unfortunately, this is not possible. We have limited spaces available and they’re reserved for each member who joins our service.     

Can I swap days? 
Yes, subject to space. Just contact us directly and we can arrange this. 

Personal Assistance (PA) Service

Is there all day provision? 
Yes, all day provision is currently available. Please contact us directly for more information regarding this.   

Exercise Classes

I have a long term condition, am I still able to come to the exercise classes? 
Yes, just inform the instructor of any conditions or medication you’re on before starting classes so that they can cater to your needs. All staff are First Aid trained and have certified training in delivering classes.   

Where can I access classes? 
We have classes here at Barley Mow Park Social Retreat, and we have classes out in the community. To find out more, please contact us directly.   


How long goes a one-to-one session last?
Usually an hour, but it would depend on the needs and circumstances of the indeividual


Can anyone attend?
Yes, all are welcome.

How much does it cost for different packages and services?
Plase contact us directly.

*We accept referrals from Health and Social Care Professionals as well as Direct referrals 
from members of the public.

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