PORTAL SWIMMING POOLS: Due to the North Ayrshire Amateur Swimming Club Gala the pools will close to the public at 12 noon on Sun 10 June. Apologies for any inconvenience.
Garnock Community Campus
GARNOCK SWIMMING POOL: Due to pool parties the swimming pool will be closed at 14.30 on Sun 27 May. Apologies for any inconvenience.
Active communities urged to support Scotland’s Mental Health Charter for Sport
We mark the launch of ‘Scotland’s Mental Health Charter for Physical Activity and Sport’ which aims to use sport to improve equality and reduce stigma through positive conversations and action on mental health.
Work on the Charter was launched by SAMH Ambassador, Sir Chris Hoy, in 2016 and since then more than 300 people with lived experience have contributed to its development.
Leading the way as the first signatories of the Charter are sportscotland, sporta, SPFL Trust, scottishathletics, jogscotland, Glasgow Sport, KA Leisure, NL Leisure and Oriam and will be taking action on mental health in their respective organisations.
This SAMH project, funded by Comic Relief, encourages physical activity and sporting communities from grassroots to the elite level to incorporate mental health into their strategies to make sport more accessible to people with mental health problems.
Health Commitment Statement
We are transferring from the traditional Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire (PAR-Q) to the Health Commitment Statement (HSC).
The HCS is the evolution of the PAR-Q, which has existed for the past 15 years. The HCS reflects government policy and legal trends, which aim to shift responsibility for personal health from the operator to the user. UK Active, the fitness governing body, is taking the lead in allowing operators to be more accessible while facilitating a better working relationship between fitness and medical sectors in the community.
The HCS has been developed by Fitness Industry operators, medico-legal professionals and health providers to support the evolving requirements of users and operators. This has also provided an opportunity to align the HCS to the skills and expertise of fitness professionals established through REP’s.All members, users and customers are asked to read the HCS. The HCS will be displayed in various locations within all our venues and can be provided on request. A copy is also available here.
KA Leisure wins gold at diamond RoSPA Awards
KA Leisure has been successful in the 60th year of the RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Awards 2016.
The organisation, which runs all leisure-based facilities on behalf of North Ayrshire Council, achieved the Gold award in the prestigious annual scheme run by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents.
Alex Murray, KA Leisure's Health & Safety Co-ordinator was presented with the award during a recent ceremony at the Hilton Hotel, Glasgow, as the event marked its diamond anniversary.
The RoSPA Awards is celebrating 60 years of presenting highly-regarded and sought after accolades to businesses and organisations which have shown commitment to accident and ill-health prevention.
Through the scheme, which is open to businesses and organisations of all types and sizes from across the UK and overseas, judges consider entrants’ overarching occupational health and safety management systems, including practices such as leadership and workforce involvement.
Julia Small, RoSPA’s head of awards and events, said: “To win an award at such a highly-regarded event as the RoSPA Awards is a great achievement for our winners. It recognises their commitment to maintaining an excellent health and safety record and raises the bar for other organisations to aspire to.
“This year was doubly special for our winners as their achievements were recognised as the RoSPA Awards celebrated its diamond anniversary, which is a ringing endorsement of the thousands of businesses and organisations that have committed to continuous improvement in accident and ill-health prevention.”
Alex Murray said: “We are proud of our record in promoting health and safety in all the sports and leisure venues we run in North Ayrshire and this award is testament to the dedication of staff to maintaining the highest H&S standards.”
The majority of awards are non-competitive and mark achievement at merit, bronze, silver and gold levels. Gold medals, president’s awards and orders of distinction are presented to organisations sustaining the high standards of the gold level over consecutive years.
Headline sponsors of the RoSPA Awards 2016 is NEBOSH - the National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health - for the 11th consecutive year.
For more information about the RoSPA Awards visit www.rospa.com/awards
Image: Alex Murray (left) receives KA Leisure's Gold Award from RoSPA's Errol Taylor.