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


Family Pedal to the Pool - Hesters Way Community Project

Fancy doing something a bit different and joining a family ride locally from  Hester’s Way to Leisure at Cheltenham on the 14th July or 1st August?

Get back in to cycling & enjoy a free swim!

When:Saturday 14th July      

What: Try Cycling Confidence Sessions                 
Hester’s Way Park, Princess Elizabeth Way
(Meet at benches next to the Play Park)

When: 10.00am-12.30pm

Details: Want to build up your cycling confidence, but not sure where to start? Build your confidence, in the calm, traffic free environment of Hester’s Way Park, with a 1:1 confidence session with one of our experienced Sustrans staff. We will get you going in no time!
Limited free spaces available! Contact Jo on to find out more!

When: Saturday 14th July          

What: Pedal to the Pool Social Rides
Where: Start/Finish: Hesters Way Community Resource Centre, Cassin Drive, Cheltenham GL51 7SU

When: 1.30pm & 3.00pm

Details:  Led by experienced friendly ride leaders, we will cycle along family friendly routes for just over 2 miles to Leisure at Cheltenham where we will enjoy a free swim, to celebrate the opening of Cheltenham Trust’s new splash zone!   The ride is suitable for all ages and abilities, but is more aimed at novice & improvers riders or those who would like to get back into cycling as the ride will be at an enjoyable relaxed social pace.

The ride & swim is free but advance booking is essential as spaces are strictly limited!   Contact Jo on to find out more!

 When: Wednesday 1st August   

What: Pedal to the Pool Social Ride and National Play Day Festival
Where: Start/Finish: Hester’s Way Community Resource Centre, Cassin Drive, Cheltenham GL51 7SU

When: 1.30pm & 3pm

Details:  Led by experienced friendly ride leaders, we will cycle along family friendly routes for just over 2 miles to Leisure at Cheltenham where we will enjoy a free swim, and play to celebrate the opening of Cheltenham Trust’s new splash zone & join in with National Play day festivities!

The ride is suitable for all ages and abilities, but is more aimed at novice & improvers riders or those who would like to get back into cycling as the ride will be at an enjoyable relaxed social pace. 

The ride & swim is free but advance booking is essential as spaces are strictly limited!  

Want to build up your cycling confidence before the ride? We can help you get going…book on to a 1:1 confidence session in Hester’s Way Park between 10-12noon here. Contact Jo on to find out more!


Contact Jo on 07786525885 or via to book a place or find out more!

Advanced Booking only—Limited availability!

Sustrans website ( very soon too.

More Information



Family Pedal to the Pool- Volunteer(s) Opportunity

Fancy doing something a bit different and supporting a family ride locally from  Hester’s Way to Leisure at Cheltenham on the 14th July or 1st August?

For all those who don’t know me I am Jo Atkins, the South Sustrans officer. I work across Sustrans projects across the SW.

Sustrans have currently secured funding to work with The Cheltenham Trust to promote cycling to the swimming pool at Leisure@Cheltenham where the participants will get a free swim pass. This is to promote awareness of the new Splash Pad about to be installed at the centre and additionally the 1st August is also a ride to join in with the National Play day activities.

Sustrans are leading the rides and sessions,  but we will need  assistance to enable the rides and confidence sessions to run safely. You just need experience of cycling in a group and how to cycle safely on the road. If interested please drop me a line on the number below, it would be great to have you on board (and I promise you will enjoy yourself)!

Contact Jo on 07786525885 or via to book a place or find out more!

Click here

Volunteer with us

Here at Leisure at Cheltenham, volunteers can be found supporting children to learn to swim, helping gym users to get the most out of their work-outs and ensuring that gym equipment is used correctly, helping out in the office to facilitate our sports and healthy living programmes, 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 Cheltenham or are keen to learn more about the volunteering activities on offer across the Cheltenham Trust, fill out the form at this link to register your interest or email

GEM in partnership with The Cheltenham Trust

The Cheltenham Trust are proud to be apart of the Going the Extra Mile (GEM) Project which aims to engage with and support individuals in Gloucestershire who are currently dealing with circumstances that are potentially causing barriers to work and move these people closer towards education, training, volunteering or work, including self-employment.

The GEM Project will reconnect people with their local services and ultimately help them achieve their desired work based outcome through an individual personalised action plan. This programme is a unique partnership of community based organisations, managed by Gloucestershire Gateway Trust on behalf of Gloucestershire County Council.

The GEM Project is jointly funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund, other local partners include organisations such as Active Gloucestershire, Artshape, Create Gloucestershire, Inclusion Gloucestershire, The Roses Theatre and Gloucesteshire Wildlife Trust


Each partner organisation has a GEM funded project worker to provide support on a one-to-one basis for GEM participants in their locality and/or linked with each organisation’s activities, events and services.  These GEM Project Navigator Developers work directly with individuals signed up to GEM to providing  information, advice and referral to local services and community partners to help each person work towards their goals.


For more information about GEM and how to take positive steps towards employment;

GEM Navigator Developer at The Cheltenham Trust

Lindsey Draper  01242 774408

or visit


Family Glow Sports Cheltenham

The Cheltenham Trust are revamping their Glow Sports offering.

We have purchased more sports equipment and are hiring out our Glow Equipment to interested parties.  You might be a Sports or Community Club, a group of friends looking for some fun or a Birthday Party

For informal enquiries email:


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 5:30 – 7:30pm

Football session 

Location: All Saints Academy

Day/Time: Friday 5 – 6pm.

Family Cheltenham Remembers - Free Art Workshops - May 2018

Do you have an interest in art or history?

If so why not join us at

The Wilson


for FREE arts activities during MAY

The workshops will be led by artist Robyn Woolston as she explores creative approaches to working with World War One items from the archive.

Click here for more information



The Listening Station - Cheltenham Remembers

Family Midsummer Fiesta Saturday 7th July 2018

Midsummer Fiesta returns in 2018 for another day showcasing the fantastic talents of the diverse communities of Cheltenham. With a multitude of activities from charity stalls to music and dance this is a day for everyone in Cheltenham to enjoy.

For more information visit:

Midsummer Fiesta 2018

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

Swim info - know something about crime?

Do you know something about crime?

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.


Swim info Enquiry form

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