Our centres might be shut but we are pleased to say our staff teams continue their volunteering and supporting our customers. Check out the latest stories below;
Aiden Daniel from Ystradgynlais has made the brave decision to join the battle against COVID 19 by volunteering as a Health Care Support Worker (HCSW) for Swansea Bay University Health Board (SBUH) at the tender age of 16. The Level 3 Sports and Massage Student has dreams of becoming a physiotherapist or sports therapist, but before starting the next stage of his training for the Level 4 in Sports Therapy, he has chosen to dedicate his time to caring for others.
I decided to apply for the role of HCSW as I really enjoyed the placement I had in a hospital through the Army RCN Nursing Cadets Scheme. I’ve always wanted to work as a physiotherapist because I had a big operation at the age of nine where I spent six weeks in hospital, and I admired all the staff there who looked after me. I’ve always wanted to give back in any way I could.Aiden Daniel
Wrexham & Derbyshire Dales
Three of the Wrexham instructors and one from Derbyshire have been very active on Facebook:
Sarah Roberts Duty Manager/Instructor at Chirk has set up an Isolation Fit Camp page.
Michelle Jones Sales Advisor at Gwyn Evans/Instructor has been Active every day on her page.
Amanda Roberts Fitness Manager/Instructor has also been active on Amanda Roberts Coaching.
Lottie a Fitness Instructor at Arc Matlock is keeping our members going with regular classes.
The walking netball team did their London Marathon challenge on Sunday, Laura our netball coach and two others ran the full 26.2 miles each on treadmills and there were several teams of walkers doing the Marathon distance several times over!
They have raised over £2260 so far between them for NHS Charities together which is amazing!
They are in their Freedom Leisure purple tops!
The Swansea team have done a great job at pulling together to ensure families stay active during this time. Well done to all those who have filmed home workouts, children's games and family fun activities for our social media pages.
They are doing a fab job surviving this period so we can thrive in the future!
Lisa Kordas our Operations Manager at St. John's Sports Centre has been busy making scrubs for Worcester Royal Hospital as part of Scrub Hub Worcestershire.
Well done Lisa, you're doing an amazing job and we're all very proud of you!
Throughout April a team of over 40 Freedom Leisure staff from the Woking contract have been working to support Woking Borough Council during the Coronavirus pandemic.
This has included vital medicine deliveries from pharmacies and telephone calls to over 650 vulnerable households in the local area.
Staff have had a fantastic attitude and jumped at the chance to support the community in different ways while the centres are closed.
Guildford Spectrum in Surrey was asked by Surrey County Council to step up and become the regional food distribution and community hub. The majority of the management, technical and cleaning teams have been kept on and are receiving daily deliveries of food which they then have to pack into boxes for individual household which are then delivered to the vulnerable across Surrey. Some days in excess of 200 food parcels are being delivered across the county.
The ice rink at Guildford Spectrum is being used as a giant fridge to keep perishable goods fresh and the sport arenas are being used as a storage warehouse.
I love being useful in this time of need, Spectrum is an obvious choice for this sort of thing and the team are enjoying playing their part in this time of crisis.Jen Hayfield | Sports & Events Manager, Guildford Spectrum
In other Freedom regions our teams are volunteering with the NHS, working for local supermarkets, as well as working directly for our local authority partners to support the work they are doing.
All surplus food stocks from our cafes was donated to local foodbanks.
Some of our leisure centre staff have kept in touch with our more vulnerable customers and having a friendly voice at the other end of the phone has really been appreciated.
Lydney Leisure Centre
Lydney Leisure Centre in the Forest of Dean have lent a rower to their local fire station so the fire service team can stay fit.
One of our reception staff at Malvern Splash - Steph Trussler has been volunteering for the NHS. As well as working at Splash, Steph is a volunteer counsellor in Malvern and so now was the perfect time to put those skills to good use!
I’ve been accepted as an NHS volunteer supporting people with their mental well-being. I have been speaking on BBC Radio and live on the BBC News Channel about why I chose to volunteer. I chose to volunteer for the role of ‘check in and chat worker’ because I think it is marvellous that people are supporting vulnerable and isolated people with practical tasks such as shopping and getting medication, but I also feel it is really important that people get support with their mental health during this challenging time.Steph Trussler
Stafford Leisure Centre
In Stafford over 30 ladies, some of whom are Key Workers, play walking netball on a regular basis at Stafford Leisure Centre. Social distancing has not stopped play or got in their way, they have continued to practice their shooting at home, run marathon’s in their gardens. Freedom Leisure netball coach Laura is hoping the group will join her for the London Marathon Treadmill challenge on Sunday 26 April for NHS Charities Together by putting a team together to run 26.2 miles on a treadmill on the date that the London Marathon should have taken place.
In addition three members of the group Anne, Mandy and Barbara, AKA the ‘Sewing Scrubbers’ have been ‘Sewing Scrubs for the NHS’. Fabric has been delivered to their homes and the finished outfits have been collected and taken to local hospitals in Staffordshire. As well as the scrubs they have been sewing headbands to prevent sore ears and foreheads from wearing face shields and masks for long periods of time.