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. In 2014 a number of grants were awarded to our local authority partners towards community based projects totalling over £52,000.
Our portfolio currently includes 22 leisure and cultural facilities that are managed on behalf of 7 local authority clients.
Our Community Programming Aspirations for 2015, which we strive to achieve in conjunction with our management partner 1Life are:
- 1. Increase and encourage participation in physical and (where possible) arts activities, particularly in locally under-represented groups especially:
- A – Older people
- B – People with physical and mental disabilities
- 2. Support programmes which address obesity, particularly in young people
- 3. Provide exercise referral and/or Arts on prescription programmes
- 4. Identify and apply for local/regional/national/ grant aid to improve facilities and programmes offered by the contract
- 5. Support the 2015 Sainsbury’s School Games competition locally wherever possible by making facilities and resources available for the Level 1 (Intra school), Level 2 (Inter school) and Level 3 (County/Area) competitions.