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Exciting Changes at Everyone Active: Rossmore

With building work at St Aldhelm's Academy well on the way to completion other changes on the Rossmore campus are taking place to enhance the services available to users.

After the closure of the Rossmore Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) Office on the campus in September 2011, the team now has a new home. The team had been temporarily located at Poole Police station until it was suggested some office space in the Everyone Active Leisure Centre: Rossmore could be used to base the team. The team is now operating from this new home and redevelopment has now started on the base for officers, to ensure the team have all the resources close to hand they need to work within the community.
 
Cllr Judy Butt, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Public Engagement and Participation, Borough of Poole, said: "This project displays good use of public funds in times of austerity and ensures the Rossmore and Alderney community have a key service on the their door step."

Everyone Active Leisure Centre: Rossmore has also been nominated as one of four Hub Centres for disability sport in Dorset thanks to funding from Inclusive Sport.  Inclusive Sport is part of Sport England’s Places People Play legacy programme that is bringing the inspiration and magic of an home Olympic and Paralympic Games into communities all over the country. Football and cricket have already been identified as sports the centre can provide and negotiations are ongoing with other sports to expand on the disability provision on site.

Alongside this the centre has made some accessible adaptations thanks to a £30,000 grant from the Short Breaks Capital fund. Three rooms have been converted to create a disabled toilet, a wet side disable change and a dry side disable change. The two converted changing rooms come complete with electric hoist and a changing bed facility; all rooms are accessible via a radar key.

Cllr Janet Walton, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Children and Families, Borough of Poole, said: "This will provide fantastic new facilities for our families with disabled children and opportunities to make better use of Everyone Active:Rossmore. I'm delighted that this funding has been made available as anything we can do to make our leisure provision more accessible for people has to be a positive."

Sean Gabriel, Centre Manager, Everyone Active: Rossmore, said: "This project has created a new buzz around the centre and will enable our users with more specific needs to be able to assess the facility at their convenience."