What is Exercise Referral?

Physical Activity Referral in Stockport (PARiS) is the exercise referral scheme delivered by Life Leisure. Designed to help inactive people with chronic mild to moderate medical conditions become and stay more physically active, whilst benefiting and improving their health.

A joint partnership between Life Leisure and Public Health, the scheme is delivered by a strong and experienced team of health and exercise professionals, who provide guidance, support and pathways towards health improvement.

Research has shown that becoming more physically active can benefit a person in the management of their medical condition.

The PARiS service continues to accept new referrals to the scheme. Where possible, initial consultations are being delivered via telephone or video consultation but face to face activities such as gym programmes can be delivered with social distancing guidelines in place.

Regular face to face supervised gym sessions and online Zoom sessions with a PARiS Coach are also available as part of the scheme. Once becoming a member, all face to face gym sessions must be booked via your online account. Please see the timetables for all sessions below.

Coronavirus guidelines

Here’s what we are doing to keep people protected against Coronavirus:

  • Continue to offer 1-1 telephone consultations as part of the initial assessment.
  • When delivering 1-1 PARiS programmes, our team try to remain as socially distanced as possible and the PARiS Coach will be wearing a mask.
  • Continue to offer an online class timetable as an alternative for those who do not wish to participate face to face.
  • Ensure that face to face classes are socially distanced with reduced capacity.
  • Participants are advised to wear masks until the class starts or until they are seated in their chair.
  • Encourage hand washing and use of hand sanitiser on a regular basis during classes and supervised sessions.

Am I Eligible to Take Part?

  • Are you physically inactive (undertaking less than 30 minutes per week of moderate intensity exercise) and not a current member at a Life Leisure facility?
  • Do you suffer from a chronic medical condition such as Hypertension, Diabetes Type 2, Joint Pain, COPD or Depression?
  • Have you had a heart attack, Stroke or CABG?

If you feel you meet the criteria, then please speak to your GP or Practice Nurse and ask for a referral to the PARiS scheme. Alternatively, if you feel you meet the criteria and would like to self-refer, please complete our self referral form here.

Please note, Covid infections are increasingly common and testing is no longer required. You do not need a positive covid test for eligibility. If you have increasing joint pain, shortness of breath, brain fog, etc following a presumed COVID infection, you can enrol. All will be discussed during an initial 30 minute consultation with one of our PARIS officers.

Self-referral form

I’m a health professional and want to refer

Due to the high volume of referrals we are receiving, please note there is currently a 3-week wait for initial appointments for the PARiS scheme. We appreciate your patience.

Pulmonary Rehab Exercise Classes

Exercise Rehabilitation1 Compressor

This one hour class is suitable for people who have COPD or other chronic lung conditions and can be accessed via a referral from a health professional.

Our friendly classes focus on functional exercises which improve the management of the chronic condition and are followed by the all-important tea and coffee at the end of the class! All participants are encouraged to exercise at their own pace and are closely monitored by our qualified pulmonary exercise rehabilitation instructors. 


Tuesday 10am - 11am St Peters Church, Hazel Grove £3.00 (£2.00 with a Leisure Key)
Friday 11.00am - 12.00pm Brinnington Park Leisure Complex £3.00 (£2.00 with a Leisure Key)

Cardiac Rehabilitation Exercise Classes

This circuit style class is designed to support people who have suffered a cardiac event, in becoming active and healthy in the longer term.

The class is led by our fully qualified cardiac rehab exercise instructors who have undergone extensive training through BACPR and who work closely alongside the cardiac rehabilitation department at Stepping Hill hospital. Referral from a health professional or the Cardiac Rehab Team is required.


Thursday 1.15pm - 1.15pm Life Leisure Hazel Grove £3.00 (£2.00 with a Leisure Key)
Monday 12.00pm - 1.00pm Life Leisure Houldsworth Village £3.00 (£2.00 with a Leisure Key)
Exercise Rehabilitation Resized 4MP Compressor

CFS/Fibromyalgia Exercise Classes

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Wednesday 1.30pm - 2.30pm Life Leisure Grand Central £3.00 (£2.00 with a Leisure Key)*

*First 3 sessions are FREE for new participants. 

Stay Steady/Falls Prevention Exercise Classes

Stay Steady is a 6 month falls prevention exercise programme delivered by Life Leisure in partnership with Stockport MBC and Stockport Together. The programme supports participants to remain steady on their feet through simple but effective exercises.

All classes are delivered by qualified Postural Stability Instructors who provide a safe and enjoyable environment to encourage participants to gradually improve their strength, balance, coordination and mobility. Classes are free for the duration of the programme with the all-important tea, coffee and chat after each class! See our timetable below for our full list of sessions.

Monday 10.30am - 11.30am St Peters Parish Centre FREE
Monday 10.30am - 11.30am Underhill Centre, Chinchester Road, Romiley FREE
Tuesday 10.30am - 11.30am Life Leisure Cheadle  FREE
Thursday 10.30am - 11.30am Life Leisure Avondale  FREE
Friday 10.30am - 11.30am The Torkington Centre, Hazel Grove  FREE
Friday 10.45am - 11.45am The New Bairstow, Rupert Street, Reddish  FREE
Friday 11am - 12pm Brinnington Park Leisure Complex  FREE
Friday 1pm -2pm Marple Senior Citizens Club  FREE

Long Covid Exercise Classes

Long Covid exercises classes are for people who have been suffering long term effects of Covid, especially breathlessness and fatigue. The sessions will be low intensity and last between 30-60 minutes. We have designed a traffic light system with three activity levels to suit the individual on the day - Red/Amber/Green. The client can choose the exercise depending on how they feel.

Each class will be run by fully qualified instructors from the PARiS Scheme. Before joining we will need a referral from a health professional to ensure the client is suitable for exercise and then a Specialist PARiS referral Officers will contact them for a consultation. See our timetable below for our full list of sessions.






11.15am – 12.15pm

Houldsworth Village



1.00pm – 14.00pm

Life Leisure Romiley


More Information

PARiS Supervised Gym Sessions:





Brinnington Park Leisure Complex

10.30am - 12pm


Life Leisure Grand Central

1.30pm - 3pm


Life Leisure Cheadle

10am - 11.30am


Stockport Sports Village

11.45am - 1.15pm


Life Leisure Houldsworth Village

9.45am - 11.15am


Life Leisure Romiley

10.15am - 11.45am


Life Leisure Avondale

10.30am - 12pm


Life Leisure Hazel Grove

11am - 1pm

PARiS Online Zoom Sessions:


Session type



PARiS Conditioning

12pm - 12.45pm


Chair Based Exercise

12.30pm - 1pm


Cardiac Rehab

12pm - 1pm


Stroke Rehab

12pm - 1pm


Hip and Knee

10.30am - 11.15am



11am - 11.30am

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