Be Active Scheme Explained

There are two types of Be Active membership: casual and unlimited.

Casual membership

When you register you automatically get casual membership to the leisure centres offering the scheme. Depending which category you are eligible for, this means you are entitled to either free access or a 25% discount off the centre's facilities.

If you are aged over 60, you are already eligible for free swimming at all leisure centres. 

Unlimited membership

Once you are a casual member, you can apply direct to the leisure centre for unlimited membership. This gives you unlimited use of all the activities offered for around £5 a week. 

This membership includes the use of the pool, gym and exercise classes.

Monthly membership costs £24.95 at Fusion-run leisure centres and £23.50 at Downham Health & Leisure Centre. You need to pay by direct debit, which you renew every three months and one month's notice is required for cancellation.

Unlimited membership is not available for carers.

Renewing your membership

Membership has to be renewed every six months for members on benefits or studying in Lewisham. All other members need to renew every 12 months.

When you renew you must bring proof of your name and confirmation that you are still a Lewisham resident and eligible for the scheme.  

Unlimited membership needs to be renewed every three months.


Are you eligible?

I am...

o Over 60

Proof required: Birth certificate / Passport / Driving Licence / Freedom Pass

Renewal: Every 12 months

o Disabled

Proof required: you are a Blue Badge holder/you are a disability Freedom Pass holder/receive disability living allowance, attendance allowance or personal independence payments.

Renewal: Every 12 months

o A full-time student

Proof required: Letter from school, college or university with dates of the course stating you are in full-time education

Renewal: Every 12 months

o Receiving one of the following benefits:

Jobseekers Allowance contributory-based / Incapacity Benefit / Severe Disablement Allowance/ Carers Allowance / Disability Living Allowance / Attendance Allowance /Employment support allowance/ Income Support/Universal Credit/ Universal Credit/ Housing Benefit and/or Council Tax Benefit/Universal Credit/ Income-based Jobseekers Allowance/Universal Credit/ Working Tax Credit/Universal Credit 

Proof required: A recent letter from the Department of Work and Pensions

Renewal: Every 6 months

o A Lewisham Carer (when accompanying the person they care for)

o are a carer (paid or professional) of a disabled adult who lives in the borough

o care for a disabled child who lives in the borough who has a library card.

o Eligibility for looked-after children (children in care)

If you are a looked-after child, ask your guardian to contact libraries@lewisham.gov.uk for details of eligibility. 


All concessionary applicants must bring proof of address in Lewisham - a recent utility or Council Tax bill, or a bank statement. All documentation must be dated within the last three months.