At Life Leisure, our Active Communities team run a wide range of projects and services to encourage and support people in getting active again. As well as their larger projects such as Smile, I Wish I'd Tried and R-Time, the Active Communities team also run a number of smaller targeted projects such as: Armed Forces support, Credit Union partnership and more. please see below for more informaiton on each targeted project.

Stockport Moving Together

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound effect on our freedom and the way we live our lives. As society moves through a phased recovery period, Life Leisure and the Stockport Council have been working hard, planning to ensure that Stockport residents, especially those who have been most disadvantaged by COVID-19, are helped to re-engage back into their communities safely through a programme of physical activity interventions. Never before has this been as important for the physical and mental health of the people of Stockport.

The programme, called Stockport Moving Together, consists of a range of projects that will cater to the needs of residents and will continually develop as the borough transitions into the recovery phase of the pandemic. This includes localised activities delivered by Life Leisure’s SMILE and PARiS initiatives, the development of booklets guiding people through a range of exercises and the specialist projects with a variety of partners including GPs and Primary Care in Stockport, Stockport CCG, Stepping Hill NHS Foundation Trust. It forms part of the broader One Stockport campaign, which will allow the borough to ‘build back better’ in response to the virus.

Stockport Moving Together resulted in:

  • Creation of SMILE activity packs for Borough Care Ltd - Read more here.
  • Marketing and Communication planning for the campaign attached to One Stockport.
  • Regular planning group meetings every week to expand on recovery work.
  • 140 Activity Packs throughout the Winter 2020/2021 delivered to residents in Brinnington, Reddish and Offerton as well as through the COVID-19 recovery team within the NHS.
  • SMILE videos provided for free online via our YouTube channel.
  • Extensive Virtual timetable offered for free online weekly including SMILE sessions, PARiS sessions and coffee mornings.
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Armed Forces Support

At Life Leisure we are signatories of the Armed Forces covenant where we commit to honour the Armed Forces Covenant and support the Armed Forces Community. We recognise the value Serving Personnel, both Regular and Reservists, Veterans and military families contribute to our business and our country.

Over the coming months, Life Leisure will be working with partners including the Stockport Council, Greater Sport and Stockport County Community Foundation to identify funding to support and grow on provision for veterans, serving personnel and families.

This particular area of work is in its infancy, but if you would like more information please contact either Ross McGuigan or Gareth Ball.


Credit Union Partnership

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Get active in Brinnington is our brand new programme, in partnership with Stockport Credit Union, that is aimed at people who are wanting to become more physically active. The programme is ideal for people who don’t know where to start or are unsure on what being more physically active looks like.

The programme is open to adults 18+ who meet at least one of the qualifying criteria:

  • Stockport Credit Union member living in Brinnington. Please note if you’re not part of the credit union, you are able to sign up to one of their services to access this offer here.
  • Currently a Brinnington resident and unemployed.

For more information, please contact Gareth Ball.

SEND Provision - Pure Innovations

Through our I Wish I’d Tried project, we first worked with Pure Innovations to provide sport and physical activity opportunities as part of their day service. Pure supports people with disabilities and disadvantaged groups to get into work and access community and leisure activities.

A group with support workers attended two of our leisure sites along where activities were delivered by our coaches and instructors. We additionally attended their facilities in Cheadle to deliver fitness sessions such as Zumba and chair-based exercise. This provision grew since the first session in 2015 where Pure Innovations now utilise Life Leisure Avondale for five days a week to access the facilities with the support of their staff who are now trained in a variety of activities.

Lancashire Hill Support

As part of the Stockport Moving Together programme, we identified funding to support the community living on the Lancashire Hill estate. Our partnership with Public Health, the Stockport Council and the local community allowed us to speak with residents to discuss how we could support current groups and families. This led to the following support:

  • Consultation through Lancashire Hill residents (through Marie O’Malley and social media) to assess what people would like to see locally.
  • Support with the LADs group. For more information, please contact Tim 07925928132 or Paul 07548882235
  • Support through an online timetable (Lanky Lifts).
  • Development on a new R Time youth session following the consultation.


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