Community Activities

The Community Engagement Team at the Cheltenham Trust support and deliver a range of community based activities in partnership with a network of community partners. Our focus is to broaden participation and ensure that people of all ages and abilities across the Borough have the opportunities to engage in healthy active lifestyles.

Training Provider The Cheltenham Trust - In The Community

 At The Cheltenham Trust, we are dedicated to enriching the lives of residents and visitors through art, culture, heritage, sport, play and performance. Our venues and services include The Wilson Art Gallery & Museum, Cheltenham Town Hall, Pittville Pump Rooms, Leisure at Cheltenham, the Prince of Wales Stadium, Cheltenham tourism, play development and community engagement. We contribute to a vibrant cultural economy and shape Cheltenham’s distinctive sense of place and tourism offer. Our cultural education offer is far reaching and diverse.

We work hard in the community with many other partners to try and make a positive change to people’s lives, of all ages and backgrounds. From applying for funding for projects, right through to delivery, our goal is to increase awareness of health & wellbeing. We are always looking for new partners and ideas and welcome new engagement, so if you live in the community and feel that there is a possible project that we may be able to help you with, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Here is a small list of some of the projects we have been involved with since the Cheltenham Trust was formed in 2014:

  •  Part of the StreetGames ‘Street Mark’ programme, delivering weekly sessions in key priority areas of the Borough in partnership with Prospects, Cheltenham Borough Homes and local neighbourhood partnerships groups.
  • Club1 scheme aimed at supporting inactive teenagers in accessing local facilities to be more active
  • Hester’s Way Neighbourhood Partnership on localised project delivery targeting both disengaged young people and inactive older people.
  • Mars Just Play and Walking Football projects
  • Sportivate funded projects including Capoeira, Girls Fitness and Box-Fit
  • Events supported/delivered – Children’s Festival, Midsummer Fiesta, National Play Day, National Fitness DayActive



Active Gloucestershire, Cheltenham Borough Homes, StreetGames, Hesters Way Neighbourhood Partnership, Pentathlon GB, Gloucestershire Football Association, Cheltenham Town FC, Deer Park Archery Club, NHS 2gether Trust, Gloucestershire County Council

Cheltenham Trust Websites:

Cheltenham Town Hall

The Wilson Art Gallery


Training Provider Join in the Cheltenham Trust as a Volunteer at Leisure at Cheltenham

Explore your interests, meet new people, gain experience and get involved in our vibrant community as a volunteer with the Cheltenham Trust at Leisure at.

Volunteers play an important role in all that we do at the Trust, across our venues and services. Here at Leisure at, volunteers can be found delivering exercise classes and workshops, supporting gym users to use gym equipment correctly, assisting the Aquatics team in the delivery of our Educational Swim Programme and our Learn to Swim Programme, and much more.


We are always on the look-out for new volunteers to join our vibrant team.


If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at Leisure at or are keen to learn more about the kinds of volunteering activities on offer across the Cheltenham Trust, download a Volunteer Application Pack to explore our current opportunities

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Training Provider Events Volunteering

Midsummer Fiesta Play Volunteer

Midsummer Fiesta in Montpellier Gardens on Saturday 1st July 2017

Could you be a friendly face welcoming and engaging Fiesta attendees?

You will be Assisting Cheltenham Trust team members in the activities area to support a range of games for all ages or helping Cheltenham Trust Play Rangers to engage young children with stimulating and educational activities.

The Skills Required

  • Good communication
  • Empathy
  • Team Player
  • Be able to visually risk assess during the day and respond appropriately

National Playday Volunteer

National Playday event in Pittville Park on Wednesday 2nd August 2017

Could you be a friendly face to welcome and support at our Playday Event?

You will be: Assisting Cheltenham Trust team members in the smooth running of the event. Welcoming and engaging Playday attendees, engaging with the public and ensuring that all participants are made to feel welcome. Helping staff to run activities in a fun, engaging and safe manner and supporting the set-up and take-down of the event.

The Skills Required:

  • Good communication
  • Empathy
  • Team Player
  • Be able to visually risk assess during the day and respond appropriately


Festival of Cycling Volunteers

Tour of Britain

Pittville Park and Cheltenham Town Centre – Saturday 9th September 2017

Could you help us make the most of this fantastic event?

Event Volunteers will:

Welcome and engage festival attendees ensuring that everyone is made to feel welcome. Assisting Cheltenham Trust team members to support a range of games and activities for all ages. We need you to be vigilant to any risks which may arise during the activity sessions and represent the Cheltenham Trust in a positive manner.

Skills Required:

  • Good interaction and social skills
  • To be broad minded and understanding
  • To have basic hand eye and coordination
  • Skills working with groups is an advantage but not necessary

 To find out more and apply please contact us at:






Family Cheltenham Festival of Cycling 2017

The Cheltenham Trust are excited and proud to be part of the Cheltenham Festival of Cycling 2017.

Many activities are planned for the Tour of Britain penultimate stage finish on Saturday 9th September (11:00-4:00) throughout Cheltenham for all of the family young and old.

Pittville Park will be where the majority of the family activities are being held.

To find out about all the activities for Pittville Park and much more including road closures, please visit the Cheltenham Festival of Cycling website

Our Partners Street Games


StreetGames is a national charity which takes sport to the doorstep of disadvantaged communities. Our way of working is known as Doorstep Sport.

Social Inclusion

StreetGames advocates that sport can be an instrument of social change in disadvantaged communities. The charity wants to see more disadvantaged young people taking part in sport.


StreetGames helps disadvantaged young people to become the best they can be through taking part in and leading sports initiatives.


StreetGames values partnerships which draw on all parties’ strengths and expertise. The charity shares good ideas and resources across the sport and youth sector. We seek to strengthen the sporting infrastructure of the UK, and will work towards this goal until true equity is achieved.


Doorstep Sport is an constantly evolving style of community engagement, youth empowerment and sports delivery – there is still much to learn and techniques to be tested. Therefore, the charity is flexible to new situations and challenges.


StreetGames challenges the barriers which hinder the following people who live in disadvantaged areas from taking part in sport: women and girls, black and minority ethnic communities and people with disabilities.


Multi-sports session

Location: Whaddon Youth Club

Day/Time: Thursday 6 – 8pm

Football session 

Location: All Saints Academy

Day/Time: Friday 5 – 6pm.

Training Provider Heads Up Cheltenham

What is Heads Up Cheltenham?

Heads Up Cheltenham is a year of action bringing the whole town together to make all our lives a little better.  This is a Cheltenham Partnership initiative which The Cheltenham Trust are proud to be part of, to encourage mental health across the whole population.

It is easy to forget how important looking after our mental health is. So to make our town a better place to live & work we are joining together in a year of action to encourage good mental health.


Each month will focus on a different topic with awareness raising campaigns and activities to help us all improve our own and others mental health & wellbeing.

How can you get involved?

  • Follow us on Facebook,Twitter and Instagram
  • Join out social media campaigns
  • Share the Year of Action with family, friends and colleagues
  • Take part in the monthly activities
  • Encourage others to get involved
  • Suggest activities to contribute to the Year of Action
  • Volunteer
  • Organise a workshop
  • Hold an activity in your workplace
  • Host an event
  • Producing resources
  • Sponsor merchandise

Heads Up Chelt 12 months of action

Family Inspiring Families Project

The “Inspiring Families Project” is a partnership of organisations that work with and for families across Cheltenham, to help them reach their aspirations.


One of the things that they do is called the “Book box scheme”. Each term they drop a box of children’s books to primary schools across Cheltenham, for the families to help themselves to; the books are free to borrow or keep.

Why do this?

We want all children in Cheltenham to have access to books to develop their confidence, literacy skills and creative skills – whilst having fun!

What can I do to help as a local residents?

Please donate any good quality children’s books that you no longer need or your children have grown out of.

We have three DROP OFF POINTS – Municipal Offices (reception), The Wilson and @Leisure.

What can I do to help as a parent?

Read aloud to your children – enjoy 1-2-1 time.

Listen to your child read – give help, answer questions and see if they understand what they are reading.

When reading together – speak about the book/story or any other issues .

Encourage their creativity – as they read, their minds open up .

Reading helps with their school work – as it helps their focus and concentration, as well as pushing to keep trying, – just have a go!

Reading helps with communication skills – learning new words, gain more understanding of language and develop confidence


*10-15 mins is great. *Try to reduce distractions, e.g. turn the TV off. *Enjoy your time together!

**If you are a parent and need help with reading, please get in touch.

Get in touch

01242 775 172 or 07796 336 752         


Inspiring Projects - Information

Swim info Ask for Angela

A safety campaign where people feeling unsafe on a date in a pub or social venue can discreetly ask staff for help using a code-word is being rolled out across the UK.

It works by allowing people to ask venue staff for ‘Angela’ if they feel uncomfortable and venue staff will call a taxi or help them leave discreetly.

GRASAC in partnership with Gloucestershire Constabulary are currently asking for Gloucestershire Pubs to sign up to the new initiative.  For more information about Ask for Angela, please click on contact details.

GRASAC provides free, confidential and non-judgemental support and information services to women and girls affected by any form of sexual violence including rape, sexual assault and/or childhood sexual abuse. Our support services include a confidential helpline, anonymous email support service, one to one ongoing support sessions either face to face or over the telephone, advocacy, information (for survivors, their friends, family, and agencies working with them), and referrals to other agencies and support services if required.

Contact Details

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Then click on the link provided and provide information 100% anonymously.

The Fearless Pledge:

Anonymity Promise

Our promise of anonymity is important as it is what makes our charity unique.  We guarantee that if you choose to contact us anonymously:

  • You can give us information about crime without giving any personal details.
  • We will not make note of your gender or age.
  • We will not record any personal details you might mention.
  • We cannot trace your email or IP address.

We hope that this gives you the confidence to trust our service and remove any fears you might have about telling us what you know about crime.

The only way anybody will know you contacted us, is if you tell somebody.


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Play development enquiry form

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Swim Spa Walking for Health

Cheltenham: Walk Well

Getting active can be difficult, but our walking for health scheme encourages social, short, purposeful walks to support good health. Our walks are completely FREE and are led by trained volunteer walk leaders. Walks are generally between 30 and 60 minutes and a great way to get out, stretch your legs and meet people.

All of our walks finish with optional refreshments at local pubs and cafes enabling you to have a chat and get to know your fellow walkers. Since 2008 we’ve helped thousands of people enjoy the many benefits of walking, so come on down and join one of the 9 walks that we run across Cheltenham. All you need to do is simply turn up with a sturdy pair of shoes and away you go.


Monday: 2pm

Meet: Leisure@ main entrance, Tommy Taylor’s Lane. GL50 4RN

Hesters Way

Tuesday: 10:30am

Meet: JT’s corner Café, Hesters Way Resource Centre. GL51 7SU

Cox’s Meadow

Tuesday: 2pm

Meet: The Meadow Café, Old Bath Road. GL53 7DF

Hatherley/Warden Hill

Wednesday: 10:30am

Meet: Outside Hatherley Library (nr Morrisons) GL51 3BW


Wednesday: 2pm

Meet: Park Campus, Main Reception, Uni of Gloucestershire. GL50 2RH


Thursday: 10:30

Springbank Community Resource Centre, Springbank Way. Gl51 0LG


Thursday 10:30

Meet: The Plaisterer’s Arms, Winchcombe. GL54 5LL

Charlton Kings

Friday: 10:30

Meet: The Library precinct, outside the Co-op. GL53 8AR


Friday: 2pm

Meet: The Royal Oak Garden Area, The Burgage. GL52 3DL

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