As we all know, being physically active can help us to lead a healthier and even happier life. The good news is that our housekeepers and carers tell us that they can walk up to 8 miles per shift – think of how many calories you’re burning!

If you don’t have a physical job, there are lots of ways you can add some exercise into your day.

St Monica Trust onsite gym and pool


Our on-site gyms and pools* are FREE for you to use. Please note the following expectations:

Gym and pool usage is at own risk and all health declaration forms are stored (in line with GDPR) for each colleague who uses the facilities. Please complete the form (linked below) and follow instructions prior to gym or pool use:

The Village Managers have agreed that colleagues can use the gyms and pools (where relevant) between 12.30pm and 1.30pm and between 5pm and 8pm including weekends.  This is so that our residents remain priority users.

You can use any gym or pool* regardless of your normal place of work.  Please follow the relevant onsite sign-in procedures.

We do not encourage colleagues to bring family members or friends to use the facilities – they are for colleague use only.

If you would like a gym induction, Zoe Cornock, fitness instructor works during these hours:  Tuesday 9-5pm; Wednesday 9-5pm; Friday 8.30-12.30.  Please be patient as she covers all sites.

Finally, of course please follow all health, safety and cleaning pre and post equipment use as instructed at each facility.

*Due to the commercial nature of the gym and pool at The Chocolate Quarter, we regret that this free offering is not available there, but colleagues will receive a substantial discount of 33%, which comes to £20 per month membership.  Please contact for more information.*

Local gym membership discounts

St Monica Trust colleagues and volunteers are entitled to discounted memberships with Everybody Active leisure centres in Bristol, Churchill Sports Centre, and Hutton Moor (websites below).

You just need to take your payslip or proof of working/volunteering at St Monica Trust to benefit from discounted rates.


Walking is simple, free, and one of the easiest ways to get more active, lose weight and become healthier.  See our Walk – it’s free page.

Sometimes overlooked as a form of exercise, walking briskly can help you build stamina, burn excess calories and make your heart healthier.
You don’t have to walk for hours. A brisk 10-minute daily walk has lots of health benefits and counts towards your recommended 150 minutes of weekly exercise.


This link to the NHS website, gives some really practical examples on keeping fit, whatever your lifestyle or age.