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FREE leisure passes available to Wirral residents

FREE leisure passes available to Wirral residents

Big Local Invigor8 passes big cheque



Wirral Community NHS Trust’s Livewell team has been chosen to allocate free leisure passes to local residents of Beechwood, Ballantyne and Bidston Village as part of a new health programme.


The area has received £1 million in Big Local funding, to be spent from 2014-2024, to support local people to make long-term, sustainable improvements to their health.


Part of the funding has been used to purchase 27 ‘Invigor8’ leisure memberships, which have been provided by Wirral Council at a reduced price, to offer local people four months free access to a range of leisure activities, including swimming, golf, tennis and fitness suites.


The Livewell team will allocate the passes to local residents aged 18 and over who live in the Big Local area.


Cllr Christine Jones, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health, said: “I am pleased to be able to offer my support to this important local initiative. Being active is one of the most important things you can do for your health. It can help you control your weight and reduce your risk of developing some diseases including diabetes.


“This project will help adults in Wirral to access healthy activities and to make improvements to their lifestyle.”


Gemma Hockenhull, Livewell Operational Team Leader, said: “Our Livewell team is really excited to be a part of the Big Local programme and support the project in helping local people to make positive changes to their health and wellbeing.”


Karl Rooney, Big Local Programme Manager, said: “This is a unique and exciting opportunity for residents to use fully-funded passes as a start to making a healthy lifestyle change.”


The three areas all have more people with long-term illnesses or disability than the average for England, according to Public Health England’s Index of Deprivation.


The Big Local programme is a £200 million investment by the Big Lottery Fund to support 150 neighbourhoods in England to make their area more resilient, confident and a good place to live.


If you live in the Beechwood, Ballantyne and Bidston area, are over 18 and interested in finding out how to apply for a free Invigor8 pass, contact the Livewell team on 0151 630 8383.


For more information about the Big Local programme, visit or contact Karl Rooney on 0151 606 6280.

Last Updated: Wednesday, 02 November 2016 14:37

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