Events & Classes

FREE for veterans, armed forces personnel,
NHS, carers, and their families

The NHS recommends that adults aged 19 to 64 should do strength exercises on 2 or more days a week that work all the major muscles, and at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity a week. The David Ellis Charity delivers an established programme of free fitness classes funded by grant awards, fundraising and sponsorship at venues located in Dorchester, Weymouth and Portland for military veterans, healthcare staff and families. 

An active and healthy lifestyle can help to reduce strain on the NHS and free up resources. Our instructors are a volunteer husband and wife team qualified as fitness professionals. Classes are tailored to meet the needs of a range of physical challenges. We advise anyone new to exercise or returning to exercise after injury or illnes seek clearance from their GP. Fitness staff conduct a physical activity readiness questionaire prior to your first class.


  The David Ellis Charity connects to other good causes. The venues we use for our health & well-being activities are either registered charities or support the local community.

Exercise Class Timetable




Dorchester Rugby Club



Monday: 6-7pm - Circuit Training

Kindly sponsored by Royal Marine veteran Sean Phelps




Tuesday: 6-7pm - Pilates

Kindly funded by the Dorset Council Community & Culture Award 





The Prince of Wales School


Wednesday: 6:30 - 7:30pm - Functional Fitness Class

Kindly sponsored by Ian Windsor of 'Windsor Associates' Dorchester





Redlands Leisure Centre


Thursday: 6-7pm - Functional Fitness Class

Kindly sponsored by Sarah-Jane (NHS) and Nick Harper (veteran) the 'Huffers & Puffers' fitness instructors





Osprey Leisure Centre


Saturday: 9-10am - Circuit Training

Kindly funded by Wesleyan 'Winter Giving Campaign 2023'





Locations Published on our 'Calendar' page


Every 3rd Sunday: 10am - Group Walks

South West Coast Path Connectors





Locations and dates published on our 'Calendar' page



Taster and free-shooting sessions



Health & Wellbeing Activities