Community Projects

Community Team

 

 

Swale Community Leisure has a developed community team, who work with a wide range of partners to engage and positively impact individuals throughout the Borough of Swale and surrounding areas. 


The community team is multi-disciplinary and regularly deliver outreach activities in community locations that target hard to reach communities. The team also work with local communtity groups and organisations to provide opportunities and develop projects which allow those who may find it difficult to access their local leisure facilities and services, to do just that. 


The community operation has also entended to run additional community facilities in Kent.


The team is very proud of the impact they have made within the local community and are always looking for more opportunities to expand this work and reach a wider range of our local communities.

Holiday Activity and Food (HAF) Programme

Following successful delivery during the Summer and Christmas holidays in 2021, Swale Community Leisure are pleased to be delivering the HAF programme across Kent in partnership with Serco Leisure and AGE UK Faversham and Sittingbourne. These will be running during the Easter, Summer and Christmas holidays 2022.


Locations;

Swallows Leisure Centre, Sheppey Leisure Complex, Hermitage Park Community Centre, Maidstone Leisure Centre, Tenterden Leisure Centre and Meopham Leisure Centre.



Easter Holidays

 Monday 11th - Thursday 14th April - now complete


The HAF Easter programme was a huge success, with 281 children signed up to 4 days of activity across the 6 sites. Activities included sports sessions, Archery Tag, Inflatable Assult Courses, Arts & Crafts, African Drumming, Circus Skills workshops and Dame Kelly Holmes Trust athlete sessions. Facilities such as Soft Play, Clip N Climb/High Ropes and Swimming Pools where utilised where possible.

1,124 hot meals were also delivered across the week.


The relevant Leisure Trusts also funded Easter Eggs for all children and their siblings. 


"Well done, it has once again been a brilliant project and I was privileged to be invited along to present Easter eggs to the young people who I met on one of the days. My thanks to everyone involved and on behalf of the Leisure Trust, I look forward to this very worthwhile project continuing and building on it’s success.


I also have say that it was very moving to see the smiling faces and gratitude displayed by many of the youngsters when the Easter eggs were handed out."


Maidstone Leisure Trust, Chair of Trustees


The programme will continue to be delivered across the 6 sites on the following dates;


Summer Holidays

Monday 1st - Thursday 4th August

Monday 8th - Thursday 11th August

Monday 15th - Thursday 18th August

Monday 22nd - Thursday 25th August


Christmas Holidays

Monday 19th - Thursday 22nd December 


Pictures from our HAF Easter 2022 Programme

Reconnect Kent

Reconnect is a Kent County Council led, community based programme designed to get Kent’s children and young people thriving following the pandemic.


Children can have fun together, catch up on missed learning, engage in sports and activities, regain their confidence and gain access to further opportunities.


Reconnect is available at the following locations - please click on each Leisure Centre to see the offer specific to this location;



                                               Swallows Leisure Centre                                                                   Sheppey Leisure Complex


                                               Hermitage Park Community Centre                                              Maidstone Leisure Centre


                                               Tenterden Leisure Centre                                                                 Meopham Leisure Centre



We are really looking forward to 2022 and continuing to support Kent's community get involved and help children and young people Reconnect and thrive. Each Leisure Centre’s offer is slightly different this year due to what is available at each site, but we believe there are activities to suit everyone!


All children are welcome to participate in these activities, however children in Receipt of FREE School Meals or referred by a professional body (EG Social Services, Early Help Team etc.), will have financial support available.     

SCL and Age UK Faversham and Sittingbourne have been working in partnership on a number of projects including Walking Football at Swallows Leisure Centre and the Holiday Activity and Food (HAF) Programme.


Age UK FS have provided our HAF children with 5,021 meals over 3 school holiday programmes.


We are looking into a number of development opportunities to grow this partnership and collaborate to benefit the local people that both organisations support.


For more information about Age UK Faversham and Sittingbourne please visit;


https://www.ageuk.org.uk/favershamandsittingbourne/ 

Swale Community Leisure have been working in partnership with the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust for 8 years. During this time, we have worked with a number of world class athletes to help over a 1,000 Young People who were not in Education, Empolyment or Training. Working together on a variety of programmes to support personal, social and emotional development; these Young People have improved their employability skills, metal wellbeing and physical activity levels.



During the COVID-19 pandemic, 8 programmes were delivered via Zoom, all over the country. Running these programmes was absolutely vital during such a difficult time. These programmes allowed them to continue to build their skills and confidence, whilst socialising with peers and enagaging in activities and games. 


Starting Blocks Challenge - A Starting Block is the person, place or moment that inspired you to become the person you are today. ​

 

Dame Kelly Holmes Trust and Swale Community Leisure launch their new partnership, which will include fundraising challenges for both staff, members & leisure centre users to take part in.


Celebrate your unique and individual ‘Starting Block’ in life and raise money to help the Trust support young people facing disadvantage and challenges in their everyday lives.


Not everybody has the opportunity or inspiration to find their Starting Block. The Trust offers these opportunities through transformational programmes designed to improve health and wellbeing and equip young people with the positive behaviours and mindset they need to tackle the challenges they face in their everyday lives. Programmes are delivered by world-class athletes, trained by the Trust as coaches and mentors. It’s a powerful formula.



For more information about the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust and Starting Blocks Challegne, please visit

https://www.damekellyholmestrust.org/

Pictures from our Dame Kelly Holmes Trust Programmes

Schools

SCL work with a number of local schools on a number of projects at our leisure centres.


  • Borden Grammar School utilise Swallows Leisure Centre for gym sessions, Badminton and sports hall use.


  • Meadowfields School visit the Active Zone at Swallows Leisure Centre weekly. This started as a pilot project, but was enjoyed so much it will be a weekly session across the 2022/2023 school year.



    "The children at Meadowfield have really enjoyed attending sessions and we have noticed that the children are calm and much more focused in school. The children are really benefiting from attending the Active Zone and we have seen some wonderful changes in the behaviour and social interactions during that time. All classes are so excited about attending every week. Thank you for supporting the development of this experience for the children and making the facility available."

     

  • Hosting Primary School Swimming Galas and School Games events and activities.


We have worked closely with Optivo for the last five years, supporting their residents through community activity days, offering free sports activities and information about the leisure centres.


Recently we have welcomed two groups into the centres for residents to increase their exercise and reintergrate into the local community after the centres have reopened after post-pandemic closures.


One group utilise the Shapemaster Studio at Sheppey Leisure Complex to meet likeminded individuals and improve their health in a social environment. The other take part in a low-impact, introductory exercise class at Swallows Leisure Centre.


For more information about Optivo please visit

https://www.optivo.org.uk/