Health condition programmes

If you are new to exercise, have not done it for a while or have been advised to be active to control a medical condition, Milton Keynes has 3 specialised exercise programmes available to support you, coordinated by the council.

  • AMKERS (Active Milton Keynes Exercise Referral Scheme) - exercise programme for inactive or general health conditions
  • U Can AMKERS - cancer prehab/rehab programme
  • KAKW (Keep Active Keep Well) - low level respiratory condition programme

Your local GP, specialist nurse or other health professional can refer you to the programme. Simply check you are suitable and ask them to complete a referral to the programme on your  behalf.

The programmes are delivered in various leisure facilities across Milton Keynes, in a friendly and supportive atmosphere. Appropriately trained staff members will guide you through your programme whilst supporting your needs.

See below for further information about each specially designed programme. If in doubt, please email the referral scheme coordinator.

Active Milton Keynes Exercise Referral Scheme (AMKERS)

*GP/ Heath Professional referral only*

Suitable for

For those needing help to get active, who are overweight or have a controlled medical condition which will benefit from exercise 

Programme details

12-week programme of one-to-one or small group activity, up to two 1 hour sessions per week.

Activities include gym-based exercise, swimming or gentle exercise classes.

The instructor will undertake an initial health assessment and support you through a personal programme tailored to your needs with a final assessment at the end of the programme. 

Aim

The programme will aim to give you confidence to exercise independently beyond the course.

Cost

The referral programme is at a discounted rate to the leisure facility fee.

U Can AMKERS

*GP/ Health Professional referral only*

Suitable for

The U Can AMKERS programme is a specialised cancer exercise programme, supporting individuals who have been newly diagnosed with cancer and for those undergoing or post cancer treatment. The programme can be started anytime in your treatment pathway.

Programme details

Following an initial assessment with the instructor, you will be offered two sessions a week. The programme will run for a minimum of 4 weeks (prehab) up to 12 weeks (rehab), offering similar activities and group sizes to those within the AMKERS programme (above). However, the instructors allow more breaks to support possible fatigue.

Referral

For the U Can programme, please make sure a referral is made to AMKERS.

Cost

The referral programme is at a discounted rate to the leisure facility fee.

Keep Active Keep Well (KAKW)  

This programme is currently on hold. Please express your interest by emailing the leisure services team. A member of the team will contact you when the programme commences.

Suitable for

Individuals with low level respiratory conditions to help self-manage the breathlessness. 

Programme details

This is a 10-week programme, across 2 hours each week. It offers a variety of different exercise opportunities and classroom-based learning about your condition. The course is delivered in a group of up to 15 people.

Additional inhaler technique workshops and respiratory nurse visits are included. 

Aim

The course aims to make you feel confident to take up alternative exercise opportunities and enables you to socialise with others with similar conditions.

Cost

The KAKW course is subsidised by MKCCG and therefore there is only a nominal charge of £1 per session.

Leisure, Community and Sports Development Team

Leisure, Community and Sports Development Team contact information

Leisure and Communities, Civic, 1 Saxon Gate East, Milton Keynes MK9 3EJ