Up and Active SROI Results

A Social Return On Investment report has been produced about East Lancashire Up and Active Consortium by an external evaluator which demonstrates the value of the project to the local communities.

Up and Active is a project which runs across East Lancashire and aims to get everyone Up and Active. It is delivered by a consortium of five East Lancashire leisure providers – Pendle Leisure Trust, Burnley Leisure Trust, Hyndburn Leisure Trust, Rossendale Leisure Trust and Ribble Valley Borough Council.

With sessions based around exercise, targeted weight management activities, a programme of exercise for children and young people and a dedicated cardiac rehabilitation programme, there is something for all ages, abilities and fitness levels. The majority of those using the programmes are vulnerable in some way, struggling to engage with mainstream physical activity, often due to ill health and a lack of understanding of what they can and can’t do.

The report revealed some staggering statistics, fascinating facts and wonderful health improvements to lives.

Some of the stand-out statistics include: Every £1 invested in Up and Active provides a SROI of £28.19; 100% of participants increased their physical activity; 14,213 people have better mobility; 9,907 people made new friends; 9,240 people feel stronger; 8,986 people feel fitter; 8,670 people feel happier and 7,230 people lost weight.

Quotes from customers include: ‘I feel more confident, have loads more energy and I have made new friends. I have left the dark place and moved forward’; ‘I’m now more active, as I was pretty much housebound and my mental health and mood has also improved. I can now walk without crutches and do my own shopping’; ‘I am now not borderline diabetic after losing two stones in weight’ and ‘The support received from Up and Active to begin exercising has positively impacted on all areas of my life and on my family life, as I am now able to enjoy more time with them’.

A spokesperson for the East Lancashire Up and Active Consortium said: “We are delighted with the results of the report which shows that so many people are benefitting from the services and activities we collectively provide and are feeling happier, more confident and enjoying life more by using our facilities and services on a regular basis.”




Mercer Hall Pool Re-Open and Open Day

Great Harwood residents were delighted this week with the news that the swimming pool at Mercer Hall Leisure Centre was to re-open after a lengthy closure for essential repairs. The pool, which is located on Queen Street, next to Morrisons, was temporarily closed in October 2018 after a number of problems arose which required fixing.

Lyndsey Sims, Chief Executive of Hyndburn Leisure said, “We took the decision to close the pool last year after the failure of one of the main pumps. After emptying the pool and getting in a contractor for the repair, a number of other problems came to the surface which also required repairing, including pool leaks and damaged pipework. Although we do our best to keep the building up to date, including recent investment in the refurbishment of the gym, unfortunately repairs of this nature are to be expected in an ageing building like Mercer Hall Leisure Centre. Having said that, we are delighted to be able to re-open the pool this week. The customers have been very understanding about the whole situation and we’ve managed to accommodate many at Hyndburn Leisure Centre whilst the repairs were carried out, but I’m sure they’ll be happy to be back swimming in Great Harwood.”

Hyndburn Leisure, who operate the building will be holding an Open Day at Mercer Hall Leisure Centre on Saturday 27th April to encourage customers to come back to the centre, and also encourage people who don’t usually use the facilities to pay a visit. The open day starts at 10am and will include free taster sessions in the Ladies Only Feelgood Suite, Cardio Vascular Room and Fitness classes, as well as show rounds of the whole centre including the thermal suite. The Learn to Swim Team will also be holding talks on the programme of swimming lessons and offering a discount to those who sign their children up to learn to swim that day. Health checks will also be available on the day.

There’ll be exclusive membership offers available for one day only including £90 off Annual Premier Membership or 6 months for the price of 5.

For more information, call Mercer Hall Leisure Centre on 01254 885 607


Pennine Lancashire welcomes multi-million pound Sport England Boost

Pennine Lancashire is to benefit from potentially up to £10m in funding to help more people be physically active.

Last year Pennine Lancashire was successful in being named as one of 12 pilot areas to work with Sport England to develop bold new approaches to build healthier, more active communities. The pilot is called Together an Active Future and its primary aim is to increase activity levels for people with or at risk of poor mental wellbeing.

Since the announcement, a lot of work has been undertaken to lay the foundations for the pilot to be successful, including identifying ways to involve those people who are more likely to be inactive and have poor mental wellbeing, A network event in December last year brought over 100 groups and organisations together to map the great activities and opportunities that already exist across Pennine Lancashire and to recognise that some of the challenge is to support more people to access these.

Sport England has announced that pilot areas will receive a minimum of £3m in Pathfinder funding to develop ‘test and learn’ initiatives. There is the possibility to unlock further funds of up to £10m if needed to scale up those initiatives that are most successful.

Damian Riley of the Pennine Lancashire health and care integrated care partnership, Together A Healthier Future, said: “One of the major reasons we were successful in getting this funding is that we have very strong partnerships developed here. Our region’s local authorities, NHS bodies, general practitioners, leisure trusts and voluntary and community sector work very well together to improve the health and wellbeing of our residents.

“Not being physically active can lead to serious conditions like diabetes and poor health and wellbeing in the future. We are a very ambitious partnership and with this funding we will develop truly innovative ways of getting more people physical active which in turn will have a great benefit to their mental wellbeing. As a clinician, I am very excited about how we do things differently will transform our approach to support those from doing nothing to something.”

Involving people who live and work across Pennine Lancashire is a really important part of Together an Active Future; a Pennine wide survey has been launched to better understand the barriers and opportunities across the area. Whether physically active or not, interested in physical activity or not, the survey gives everyone a chance to get involved and have a say. You can complete the survey by clicking this link.



We are currently working closely with Hyndburn Borough Council to resolve the issues at Mercer Hall Leisure Centre.
The works are scheduled for January 2019 and will take approximately 6 weeks. During this time the pool will remain closed and all lessons and public swimming will be available at Hyndburn Leisure Centre
We will update for closures of other areas once a schedule of work has been decided next week. Please ensure that you enable notifications for our social media pages so that you receive all future updates.

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Mercer Hall Leisure Centre Pool Closed

Please note that due to a technical issue the pool at Mercer Hall Leisure Centre is closed for the rest of the day (Thursday 26th July). We hope to be back open by 1pm tomorrow but if you plan on visiting the pool tomorrow, please call ahead on 01254 885 607 to avoid disappointment. The rest of the centre is open as usual.

EDIT – the pool will remain closed for the rest of today (Friday 27th July). We hope to be back up by the weekend, but please do call ahead before your swim. The pool at Hyndburn Leisure Centre is open as normal.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.


RLSS Lifeguard Course

 Monday 13th August to Saturday 18th August 2018 – 8:30am-5pm each day

Cost is £250 and upon passing the course qualifications include –

National pool lifeguard qualification (NPLQ),

Automated external defibrillator (AED)

Emergency First Aid (EFAW)

Places are limited, please call 01254 385 945 for more information and booking


Gym Refurbishments on the Way

Hyndburn Leisure Trust are investing over £300,000 to refurbish its gyms at Hyndburn Leisure Centre and Mercer Hall Leisure Centre.

The refurbished gyms will include the very latest Technogym range and will offer members with access to Technogym’s cloud-based technology – ‘my wellness’ which allows members to track their activity in the gym and when they’re out and about.

The refurbishments are expected to be completed in September 2018 and will feature a wide range of Technogym training stations, including; Olympic Half Racks, a large free weights area and Technogym’s cardio EXCITE range, including treadmills, varios and stair climbers.

In addition to this, both sites will include kit from Technogym’s athletic performance training range, which has been developed alongside Olympic athletes, including; Skill Mill CONNECT, Skill Row and Skill Bike and Hyndburn Leisure Centre will see the introduction of a large, functional training zone.

Linda Horsfield, Head of Health and Wellbeing said, said: “We’re proud to be entering a partnership with Technogym, one of the leading providers of fitness kit in the country. We’ll also be working with Show Off Media who will be responsible for updating the look of the gym and the studios, as well as a number of local companies including Victoria Glass, Integral Leisure Solutions, John Richmond Painter and Decorator and Scott Dawson Advertising.”

Lyndsey Sims, Chief Executive at Hyndburn Leisure, added “Earlier this year we carried out an in depth consultation with our members, ex members and also people who don’t use the gym. We asked them how we could improve the gym. We received over 200 responses and we’ve used these as the basis for our upgrade, focussing on improving the gym kit, adding a range of new functional features, free weights and traditional cardio equipment. Hyndburn Leisure offers a gym experience for everyone, and we hope that this investment we’ll attract a variety of new customers as well as rewarding our current members for their loyalty. There’ll be no price increase despite the vast improvement which will be made, and we’ll even be launching a very special offer available to new customers throughout the month of August.

Hyndburn residents have benefitted from a range of recent improvements to our leisure centres in recent years including the new Thermal Suite, Adventure City and 3G pitch at Hyndburn Leisure Centre, new features at Mercer Hall Leisure Centre including the ladies only Feelgood Suite and pool hall refurbishments at both centres.”

Joanne Mortimer, Head of Leisure Facilities said, “Encouraging an active lifestyle is vital to improving the health of the nation. Thousands of people use our leisure centres each year, but there’s still many who don’t. We are constantly upgrading our facilities and we hope that these improvements will attract a new range of customers. Our dedicated team of gym instructors, personal trainers and health and wellbeing advisors are on hand daily to provide specialist advice and guidance to new and existing customers.”

Work on the gym refurbishments is due to start in August and will take just a week to complete. For more information and joining, please call 01254 385 945.