Sporting Penistone is the independent charity run by a dedicated group of local residents that keeps Penistone Leisure Centre open for the local community. A wide range of volunteers give their time to run groups, maintain the building and equipment, raise funds and run the Board so that the local community can meet, keep fit and try new activities.
Our Crowd Funding Aims are to raise the money needed to equip a newly refurbished space, bigger than the one we currently use as a tea, coffee and tuck shop and transform it into a kitchen where we can provide hot meals for community groups that use the centre. Our Wellbeing Café will be a particular benefit to the PenActive group, a youth club for older people, who meet every week for a variety of different activities including Yoga, Dancing, Skating and Table Tennis. The importance of this facility is appreciated by supporters of the project including other charities.
"I am pleased to hear about your plans for new café facilities which will provide a welcome benefit to anyone using the centre and I think it will offer opportunities for new social and health activities which we are keen to work on in partnership with you and your colleagues. There is a shortage of fitness activities in the area for older people and I feel that the proposed improvements to the Penistone Leisure Centre will encourage older people, who may not consider themselves as the type of people who go to the gym, to rethink and to try what’s on offer."
Karen Dennis, Social Inclusion Worker, Penistone Social Inclusion Project, Barnsley Age UK
Combatting isolation is a priority for Penistone Leisure Centre and having the facilities to provide a healthy meal for the groups that use the Centre would support us in working towards this goal. We would like to start a board game café for those people who aren't able to take part in physical exercise but can still enjoy the mental and social benefits of meeting others in a welcoming environment where they can also share a meal. We are supported in this aim by other community groups as seen below.
"Penistone Meet and Eat believes that funding for the Leisure centre refurbishment will assist them in continuing to provide vital healthy activities for our community. People of all ages and abilities use the centre. The centre brings together the community and Penistone Meet and Eat are happy to support their continued success, as their aims marry very well with the aims of our group in building a stronger community."
Jan Stanley, Chair Penistone Meet and Eat
Council cutbacks in 2011 closed Penistone Leisure Centre and it is only through the hard work of the Sporting Penistone community group that it re-opened and has remained an important place to come and spend time keeping fit, meeting friends and making new ones. We'd love to add, enjoying a meal together, to this experience and with your help we can.