Active Communities Powys works with a wide range of local groups and national partners to encourage people of all ages and abilities to be more active across a range of programmes delivered in local communities and leisure facilities.
Through our dedicated Active Communities services, Freedom Leisure aims to contribute to creating an active nation by working with our valued partners by developing bespoke local programmes to meet local need... where customers, clients and staff matterHannah Gilday, Group Active Communities Manager
Working in partnership with Powys County Council, and with other organisations and documents including Sport Wales: Community Sport Strategy 2012-2020: Thriving Clubs, Local Decisions, Quality Education, Committed Workforce, Appropriate Facilities. Public Health Wales - Getting Wales Moving, Public Health Networks, we have developed our 2018-19 Active Communities Development Plan/ Framework which focusses on developing fun programmes across our 6 themes.
In Powys we develop a wide range of sporting programmes, working with Sport Wales, Disability Sport Wales, local clubs and National Governing Bodies of Sport. In Powys we sponsor awards at both district Sport Awards to recognise local talent. We also support local athletes with our Talented Athlete Scheme to help them with their training.
We work with children, young people and families across Powys of all ages and abilities to encourage them into a more active habit for life. We have a range of holiday activities including the Junior Summer Fitness Challenge, school activity programmes; learn to swim opportunities, youth programmes and more.
We encourage all people in Powys regardless of ability to age well. We host and lead on a range of programmes such as 60 plus free swimming, the Powys National Exercise Referral scheme and other related activities to encourage those aged 60+ to have fun, socialise and focus on improving their mental and physical wellbeing. We are committed to improving opportunities for those facing dementia to remain active.
Across Powys we work with a large number of community groups and organisations to develop even more opportunities for local people to get involved in fun activities. We support events, deliver activities, working in partnership to set up and deliver community-led programmes to help in making the most of where people live. Our facebook pages and twitter accounts are where you will find us next!
We want to get all people more active, including those who find their working life in Powys not being as active as they may want. As ‘sitting is the new smoking’, we want to work with more local businesses to find out what their employees would love to do with us to get more active around their job.
Health and physical activity come hand in hand and we know the importance of preventing health issues later in life. We deliver health programmes including the Powys National Exercise Referral and Cardiac Rehabilitation schemes. The exercise professionals across our facilities are trained to encourage everyone to improve their health & wellbeing.
The partnership between Freedom Leisure and Powys County Council now enters its fourth year. To date the partnership has proved most successful and this is evidenced by growth in active participation; swim school swimming lessons and our health intervention. Our work through this partnership, the Powys Sports Development team and our colleagues within the health sector will continue to grow participation from across all populations and all abilities in Powys in 2018/19. This year’s plan will continue to be led by the local teams of ‘Freedom Leisure’ and the Powys Sport Development and Active Young People’s Officers, supported by the Group Active Communities Team. With improved reporting methods, we are aiming to have a total engagement across the 6 themes of 81,695”.Gwyn Owen - Powys Area Manager