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Castle Point Borough Council announces £227,000 investment in leisure centres. 

Cllr Warren Gibson – Deputy Leader, Cllr Dave Blackwell – Leader, Cllr Tom Gibson – Cabinet Member for Assets & Special Projects

Castle Point Borough Council has announced a £227,000 investment from Essex County Council’s Public Health Accelerator Bid (PHAB) fund to launch the ‘Find Your Active Referral Campaign.’  

This two-year project will build on the successful county-wide ‘Find Your Active’ initiative, transforming the borough’s recreational facilities, including Waterside Farm Leisure Centre and Runnymede Leisure Centre, into vibrant ‘Active Wellbeing hubs.’ These hubs will offer tailored resources and activities designed to address the unique health needs within our communities.  

Two new Wellbeing Ambassador positions will be created to actively engage with residents, building relationships, and guide individuals towards personalised health and wellbeing resources and activities. The campaign will prioritise outreach to those most in need, ensuring everyone has access to the support they require.  

By co-designing activities and programmes with community input, the offerings will be relevant and appealing to residents. With a target of engaging 2,500 residents over two years, the Council aims to measurably enhance the mental and physical health of its communities.  

This project represents a significant step forward in its commitment to promoting proactive health measures and addressing health inequalities within the borough. 

Cllr Tom Gibson, Castle Point Borough Council Cabinet Member for Special Projects & Assets, said:This funding is a fantastic opportunity for Castle Point. The ‘Find Your Active Referral Campaign’ aligns perfectly with our vision for a healthier and more active community.  

“By investing in our residents’ wellbeing, we are not only improving their quality of life but also building a stronger, more resilient Castle Point.” 


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