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Founded in 2002, Leisure in the Community is registered as a society under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014, with its objects being:

“To carry on any business, trade or industry for the benefit of the community, to provide facilities for recreation and leisure time occupation in the interests of social welfare and to promote and develop leisure services and to advance the education of the public in such activities.”

As a Community Benefit Societies (CBS) member we are eligible to claim mandatory relief from the payment of National Non-Domestic Rates (NNDR) at 80%. Additionally for some clients we have also been successful in achieving a further 20% discretionary relief as well.

Since September 2011 HM Revenue and Customs has recognised the Societies charitable status, an additional benefit that now allows us to invest more revenues into maintaining and improving our facilities and services for the communities in which we operate.

As a non profit making organisation all surpluses that we generate must be reinvested back into our facilities and the services we provide in furtherance of our Objects. The Society has continued this year with its programme of awarding Grants to our local authority partners to enable community focussed programmes to be delivered locally. Grants were awarded by the Society in July 2017 providing even more new and exciting opportunities for community benefit to be delivered. This year we increased the maximum Grant available to each partner from £10,000 to £20,000 and as a result Grants totalling £65,195 (£47,500 in 2015/16) were awarded to four local authority partners ranging from £10,000 up to £20,000. In addition to the £65,195 awarded by the Society, these Grants also brought in additional match funding and ‘in kind’ funding of over £146,000 from our local authority partners and other local stakeholders.

This now takes the total amount of Grant Funding awarded by the Society to our local authority partners since 2012 to over £225,000.

Our portfolio currently includes 14 leisure and cultural facilities managed on behalf of 4 local authority clients.

Our Community Programming Aspirations for 2017, which we strive to achieve in conjunction with our management partner 1Life are: