When will Slimming World groups reopen?


As Covid restrictions ease and most of us start to taste the freedom and return to some normality, we’re excited that members are returning to real-life Slimming World groups in most areas of the UK. There are however still some restrictions in place which mean that members continue to be supported in virtual groups or venue + virtual sessions, mostly in the Republic of Ireland and Cyprus.

We’ve had many enquiries from members eager to get back to their real-life groups. Members are keen to know what announcements about Wales’, England’s, Scotland’s, Northern Ireland’s and the Republic of Ireland’s proposed roadmaps out of lockdown mean for their groups and when they’ll be reunited with friends old and new.


How is my Slimming World group being run?

We are continuing to support our members to achieve their weight-loss goals through real-life groups, Venue + Virtual service or virtual weekly groups, depending on the guidance in each country.

As always, it’s best to contact your local Slimming World Consultant to find out whether your local group is meeting in real life.

Here’s what we currently know for Slimming World groups across the UK, the Republic of Ireland and Cyprus.

England, Scotland & Wales: Slimming World groups are returning to full sessions, bringing back all those special aspects of group that we know members have missed so much.

Northern Ireland: Slimming World groups in some areas of Northern Ireland are open, running real-life Covid safe smaller, shorter sessions in-line with our risk assessments. We’re waiting for further announcements from Northern Ireland to confirm when all groups can fully return to longer sessions for members. 

Republic of Ireland: Following the recent easing of some restrictions, Slimming World groups are now open in real-life across the Republic of Ireland. Due to the difference in guidance based on immunity, some groups are running slightly shorter, smaller, socially-distanced sessions until late October. To avoid any disappointment, please contact your local Slimming World Consultant for information before attending.

Cyprus: Some groups have had to return to offering our virtual service following a temporary tightening of guidance, and other Slimming World groups are open with risk assessments in place. Because of the current guidelines around indoor meetings some groups are running with fewer members so please contact your Slimming World Consultant for information before attending. Please take along your safe pass or a copy of your Covid test (taken within 72 hours of the group running).

Lisa Salmon, joint Managing Director, says: “Given that being overweight brings a higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19, we’ve been absolutely determined not to give up on our members and to ensure that they don’t put their weight losses on hold. And as lockdown begins to ease and we look towards the future, we know more people than ever will be looking for support to embrace the coming months feeling happier and healthier.

Whether members join an in-person, Venue + Virtual or virtual #SlimmingWorld group, they’ll find the same friendship, care, inspiration and motivation we all so desperately need – more now than ever.
Lisa Salmon, Slimming World joint managing director

Join Slimming World this summer as we taste the freedom of being back together. Share tips and discover delicious recipes as you explore with fellow members a healthy way of eating, introduce physical activity, and adjust your mindset, motivating and helping you to lose weight. All Slimming World members get access to expertise, science and understanding to help them change the habits of a lifetime and remain slim for life. Slimming World’s famous Food Optimising eating plan, 24/7 access to our exclusive members-only website – with more than 1,700 recipes, meal plans, weight-loss support strategies and articles – and our members-only app, including the barcode scanner - are all part of our membership package, too.

About Slimming World

Slimming World was founded by Margaret Miles-Bramwell OBE in Derbyshire in 1969 and has become the UK and Ireland’s leading weight loss organisation with more people choosing to attend a Slimming World group each week than any other weight loss programme. We support hundreds of thousands of people, both in our groups and online, to lose weight and to adopt new habits to stay slim for life.

Over the years our founding principles haven’t changed:

  • Our unique programme is based on a powerfully motivating support system called IMAGE (Individual Motivation and Group Experience) Therapy. Underpinned by a deep understanding of the psychology of overweight people, and incorporating the most effective sustainable behaviour change techniques, IMAGE Therapy is designed to inspire and motivate slimmers to make positive changes and to develop new, healthier habits around food and activity.
  • Food Optimising is our healthy eating plan, based on the liberating concept of Free Food. We encourage our members to fill up on those foods that are naturally lower in energy density (calories per gram) and also highly satisfying while limiting foods that are highest in fat and sugar and are less satisfying, so they lose weight without ever feeling hungry or deprived and without having to weigh, measure or count everything they eat.
  • Our activity programme, Body Magic, encourages members to become more active, more often in ways that they enjoy, until regular physical activity becomes an intrinsic part of daily routine.
  • Above all, at the heart of everything we do, lies our passion for treating every member with genuine care, empathy and respect.

We’re proud to work with the NHS, Public Health England, The Royal College of Midwives and others to help shape the future of weight management in the UK.