Last evening Five Rivers Health & Wellbeing Centre was jam packed with many regular members, visitors, representatives from the local business, community and voluntary sectors, families, singers and dancers, and a number of VIPs – all present to see the centre receive its official opening by Cllr Baroness Scott of Bybrook OBE.
The redevelopment of the centre was completed in the spring of last year, and now sees an average of 2,500 people a day through its doors, and has a membership of over 5000 people.
Thank you to all those who helped to make the opening ceremony a really good one, including pupils and teachers from Salisbury Cathedral School – Cantamus, children and young people from Starcast, members of Dance SIX-O, Wessex Community Circus and Catherine Maxwell from Anybody Can Cook CIC. The centre truly was a vibrant hub with young families taking part in the fun on the bouncy castle, with the circus skills props, face painting, balloon modelling, craft workshop and fruit sculpting.
Over 40 exhibitors took part, each having an affiliation with one of the community area’s priorities – mental health, physical activity and healthy lifestyles, older people – isolation, the local economy, child poverty. These included those partners who are also based at the centre, the Dorset & Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service, and Citizens Advice Wiltshire.
Learning disability clients from The Meadows service at Five Rivers also ran a drama workshop, and ladies who are members of the local Walking Netball club ran a netball demonstration.
Baroness Scott was assisted in the opening ceremony by two local young people – Shayla Gariba and Jacob Powell – whose health and wellbeing have benefitted from the work of Wiltshire Council Sports Development officers through the Doorsteps Streetgames initiative, and through their attendance at the area board funded junior gym club at Five Rivers.
The new centre is very popular with a wide range of users, whether for the new fitness suite, the three pools, the free wifi, the pleasant surroundings to socialise and catch up with business colleagues or family and friends, or as a venue for events, meetings and awareness raising days.
For more details on how to become a member or to book one of the community activity rooms, or the community exhibition space, please contact Karen Linaker on 01722 434697, firstname.lastname@example.org