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ReferAll creates a ‘buzz’ at Manchester Health & Wellbeing Service

buzz, Manchester’s Health & Wellbeing Service, was established in April 2016. Funded by Public Health Manchester, buzz is part of the Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust. It aims to help improve the health and wellbeing of people and communities in Manchester, helping people live healthier, happier and longer lives. buzz juggles its responsibilities via its small but highly qualified team, including one-to-one wellbeing advisors, alongside community volunteers. Its Physical Activity Referral...

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Jump-start for trampoline parks with new Primary Authority partnership

Health and safety has just been made simpler for trampoline park operators running multiple facilities across the country, thanks to a new partnership. Health and safety and quality management expert, Right Directions, has partnered with South Northamptonshire Council (SNC) and Northamptonshire County Council (NCC) to form what’s known as a Primary Authority partnership. This government legislation makes it easier for businesses that operate in more than one local authority area by enabling them to seek regulatory advice...

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A new era for member insight

As an operator, wouldn’t it be good to know exactly where to find potential members and then be able to pinpoint what to offer them to meet their specific needs? Geo Impacts, the latest specialist partner module developed by 4 global to join the DataHub suite of products, is now making this possible. Founded in 2013, the DataHub is a virtual repository for sports and leisure data, holding information from more than 157 operators, who collectively...

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active-net 2017 stronger than ever

Operator places at the business networking and eduction conference, active-net 2017, have sold out almost three months ahead of the event, which takes place at Eastwood Hall in Nottingham on 29-30 March. The buyer attendees include six major leisure contractors, including Irish company Aura, 1Life and Everyone Active, as well as 12 trusts, six universities and a college. Half of the 40 operators on board are new to active-net, including Edinburgh Leisure, Active Tameside, University of...

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Kingston on a mission to raise awareness of physical activity for health improvement

The Public Health Team at the Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames has a mission to raise awareness of physical activity for health improvement. The challenges of government cuts has engendered a collaborative approach to the delivery of its lifestyle programmes via its team of Get Active Instructors, but also working alongside partners in the community and voluntary sectors, providing people in the community with the skills to deliver programmes. In addition, they are working...

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Specialist software solution helps London borough to ‘sell’ underused lifestyle services

The Healthy Lifestyles Team at Barking and Dagenham Council has embraced a specialist public health software solution to help ‘sell’ its programmes to health and education professionals. Whilst the council has always been proactive in providing services to its community, Danielle Walker, Physical Activity Manager for the council explains, “the fact health and education specialists, such as school nurses, can refer directly to our Change for Life Health Lifestyles Programme for families is a great promotional...

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Camden Council adapts Exercise on Referral programme

On 1st April 2016 the public health functions of the boroughs of Camden and Islington were integrated, bringing both Council’s services under one umbrella. In spite of this upheaval the combined Councils have continued to seamlessly deliver their EOR programmes, using Camden’s online EOR software to provide referrals and track participants’ progress. Since its inception ten years ago, Camden Council has continued to adapt, rationalise and refine its approach to its EOR programme, from paper based...

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Inverclyde Leisure appoints Bigwave Media on five-year contract

Inverclyde Leisure has appointed leisure marketing agency, Bigwave Media, on a five-year contract to deliver its strategic marketing and commercial objectives, with the aim of increasing participation, boosting income and evidencing the trust’s contribution to the Nation’s health agenda. The agreement will effectively see Bigwave become the Scottish Leisure Trust’s marketing department, devising and implementing the overall marketing strategy as well as supporting commercial initiatives as the charity grows. Tom Gozna, Operations Director at Bigwave Media said:...

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Right Directions welcomes three new recruits

Right Directions has welcomed three new recruits to its ever-growing team. Russell Cavanagh, 47, who joins the team as Health & Safety and Quality Manager, has 30 years experience in health and safety for the leisure industry. He joins Right Directions from RDHS Health and Safety, where he was Head of Operations, and brings a wealth of experience, knowledge and skills to the role. He will help operators to improve their health and safety processes through client...

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Greater Manchester sporting fraternity unites in Quest for success

Ten sporting organisations in Greater Manchester – including the County Sports Partnership and the Football Association – have collectively completed a tough assessment by Sport England’s leading quality scheme, Quest. Set up last year, the Greater Manchester Quest Consortium is made up of GreaterSport, the region’s CSP, plus Manchester County FA, four local authorities and four leisure trusts. It is the first time multiple organisations have worked collaboratively on the Quest improvement and quality assurance process. The...

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