More Leisure Community Trust has been extremely successful in gaining funding to drive key initiatives as part of their objectives.
Most recent has been the award of £17,000 from the Sport England Trust Company to introduce activities for children with disabilities at the Stoke Mandeville Stadium and a £351,000 grant from Sport England to deliver a three year project to increase the number of volunteers who support those living with dementia to access leisure facilities.
To deliver the volunteer project More Leisure Community Trust has partnered with:
- Serco Leisure Operating Ltd (Serco) who have provided activities for individuals living with dementia at 30 of the leisure facilities they manage on behalf of various trusts. Serco will also market and promote the project, and provide additional logistical support
- Timebanking UK will host the online timebanking system and promote and signpost potential clients and volunteers to the facilities
- The Alzheimer’s Society will provide training to staff at the leisure centres and to some Volunteers, they will also promote the project, and signpost potential clients and volunteers to the Facilities.
- Swale Community Leisure trust will provide assistance to More Leisure Community Trust in undertaking the project and, specifically, in verifying monitoring information and playing a co-ordinating role: ensuring that project activities are delivered appropriately across the facilities identified by Serco.
The volunteering project represents a fantastic partnership arrangement to engage 675 volunteers over 3 years (54,000 hours), with a particular focus on those with an interest in dementia, many of whom will be carers, and women from lower socio-economic groups (70%) and to increase the opportunities for those with dementia to engage in sport/ physical activity through the support of volunteers.