Community development and inclusion

We work at the heart of communities across Greater Manchester and promote inclusion in everything we do.

A third of our facilities are in the top 10% most deprived communities in the UK, ensuring that we can work with neighbourhoods where our support has the most impact. Many of our programmes are delivered outside of leisure facilities in settings as diverse as, community halls, community parks, schools and libraries.

As part of the local service infrastructure, our facilities and staff are available to everyone in the Greater Manchester community. We intend to improve the health and well-being of the people of the region by making sure everyone has access to physical activity and broader health and well-being opportunities.

Examples of our work include:

  • Concessionary access to facilities for a broad range of individuals including older people, disabled people and those who are seeking employment
  • Support to community groups and voluntary sector organisations working with specific population groups through use of our facilities
  • Specific programmes providing support into employment or a pathway into activity for those needing additional support

Physical Activity and Life Skills

Active Tameside runs a weekly programme of sport and physical activity for adults with learning disabilities or additional needs. The programme focuses on providing a safe and fun environment that encourages groups…

Life Leisure Job Club

Life Leisure’s weekly Job Club helps job seekers in Stockport to get back into work. The scheme aims to help people to boost their employment prospects and better access health and well-being facilities. From…

Skills4Sport and Leisure Programme

Link4Life runs an 8-week programme that combines work experience with health and fitness. The programme has been designed to provide an accessible introduction into the sport and leisure sector for anyone in the…

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