Place Category: Sport & Leisure
By engaging with partners, Wave, an established charitable trust, agrees a shared programme of activities to deliver to the community.
We aspire to achieve customer excellence in the delivery of our services which provides our customers with choice. Our ultimate aim is to create a sustainable business contributing towards the long term health and wellbeing of our communities.
Social Impact Declaration: Social-Impact-Declaration_Wave-Leisure.pdf
Social Impact Statements:
Social Impact Statements
The Social Enterprise Mark criteria includes a requirement that the applicant can demonstrate that social and/or environmental objectives are being achieved.
In support of this, new applicants and renewing Mark holders must submit Social Impact Statements that summarise their headline activities and achievements, helping show how they are striving to make a difference and stand up to scrutiny of purpose as a social enterprise.
1) Engaging with the local community
Wave appointed a Community Engagement Team in July 2015, headed by the Community Engagement and Partnership Manager. The primary objectives are to:
- Increase participation and reduce health inequalities
- Increase accessibility and social inclusion
The development of the Community Engagement Team has enabled greater diversity of projects which reach out to participants who would be less likely, or unlikely, to participate in regular activity under the principle themes of Active Schools, Active Families, Active People, Active Communities, Active Partners, and Active Heritage.
Wave Leisure is ISO14001 registered, and has an environmental Programme in order to reduce it’s environmental impact. One project was to install LED lighting in four of our leisure centre halls. This was to reduce the amount of CO2 emissions being produced, while reducing the amount of money spent on electricity. These particular halls were chosen because they have little or no natural lighting, meaning the lights are often on from 7am to 10pm, 362 days of the year. The lights are difficult to access, so maintenance costs are high, and many of the lights in the Seahaven Pool Hall were faulty, partly due to the hot and corrosive environment they are in. Additional benefits are to enhance the experience of customers using the halls, and reduce the amount of maintenance required.
Wave Leisure has taken over the running of Newhaven Fort from Lewes District Council. This was to try and improve the use of The Fort for both the local community and for schools, and to try and encourage any environmental improvements where possible.
Wave Leisure operates a Community Fund that annually donates up to a total of £4,000 to local community causes.
2) Key activities and measures
This document shows Graph 1, the amount of CO2 emissions produced from electricity consumption at the 4 sites for 2015/16 compared to 2014/15, and Graph 2, the amount of and cost of electricity at the 4 sites for 2015/16 compared to 14/15.
The data from Graph 1 shows that there has been a significant reduction in CO2 emissions at DLC (-21 tonnes) and PLC (- 8 tonnes), a slight reduction at LLC (- 1 tonne), and a slight increase at SSFC (+ 2 tonnes). Graph 2 shows that this has been matched by a proportionally trend in use and cost of electricity.
DLC and PLC have demonstrated that installing the LED lights has created a reduction in the amount of CO2 emissions and use of electricity. LLC has shown a reduction, but we believe some pool hall light issues have increased the overall amount meaning the LED effect has been masked. SSFC has slightly increased it’s usage, but this is directly attributed to only half the lights working in the previous year. The lighting in the four halls have all shown a significant improvement in lux levels and customer comments, meaning participants can enjoy their activities more. There has been no maintenance required on any lights in the first year, which has saved the organisation time and resource.
This document shows that for the Community Fund this year, Wave Leisure donated a total of £3,499.20 to 13 local organisations and individuals. This includes contributing towards a Community Sports Day in Denton, children’s Yoga sessions, and a community Dance Competition.
An environmental issue at Newhaven Fort was the use of petrol machines to mow the extensive areas of grass around the building. Working in partnership with Sussex Wildlife Trust, Wave have introduced a herd of heritage Herdwick sheep to the area immediately around The Fort. Not only has this allowed somewhere for the sheep to be located, while providing a point of interest to customers, but fossil fuels have been replaced by sheep and the grass has been well managed ever since.
3) Outcomes of services
- Primary Schools Sport - Delivering to the Active School Programme, the Primary Schools Sport delivery has seen an improved service offer delivering to the Pupil Premium requirements for schools and addressing National Curriculum requirements for Key Stages 1 and 2 Students currently accessed by Cradle Hill and Chyngton Primary Schools in Seaford
- UTC@Harbourside - Delivery of physical activity classes, as part of the college timetable for UTC@Harbourside students has been provided for Year 10 students since September 2015
- Active Rodmell and Active Firle - In partnership with Action in rural Sussex, two taster exercise sessions have been delivered, targeting older people through the provision of Strength and Balance classes to support falls prevention
- Let’s Talk Sport - Let’s Talk Sport is a social team sport programme, created for Year 9 male students, who are currently identified as having challenging behaviour with Priory School and funded by the Police and Crime Commissioners Community Fund. Feedback from Priory School has reported that the students participating have received no negative entries into their behaviour logs since starting the sessions
- Sportivate (YO Fit - Havens) - Working in partnership with the Youth Offending Team, an 8 week programme of gym, group exercise and swim sessions has been created for referred young people aged 13 to 29
- Girls Can Aqua Aerobics - To support participation and access to activities for inactive females, aged 13 to 24 years, an 8 week access to Aqua Aerobic sessions has been created to be offered across the Lewes District at Wave pool sites
- Multi Sports, Multi Needs Lewes - To support participation and access to activities for young pople ages 13 to 24 years with additional needs in Lewes, an 8 week programme of activity has been created to include team sport, fun physical activity and exercise sessions at Lewes Leisure Centre