Access to Leisure Scheme

Who this scheme is for and what it covers

The Access to Leisure scheme provides up to 6 months of free leisure centre membership to anyone living in homeless pathway accommodation. It covers access to the leisure centre facilities listed below, which are run by our leisure partner Fusion:

  • Barton Leisure Centre
  • Ferry Leisure Centre (Summertown)
  • Leys Pools and Leisure Centre
  • Rose Hill Community Centre Gym*

*Before the first visit clients will need to call the community centre on 01865 749597 in order to get set up on their system. Once this is done, 1 hour gym slots can be booked either by calling up or by visiting the centre in person (must be done in advance).

How to join the scheme

This scheme is open by referral only. Any organisation that works with people living in homeless pathway accommodation can make a referral using our online form below. The same form can be used to extend the membership for a further 3 months (note this can only be done once).

Eligibility

In order to be eligible, your client must be living in homeless pathway accommodation in Oxford. You will be required to complete an evaluation form before joining and towards the end of the initial 3 month membership period (links below).

  • Evaluation 1 (complete this with your client once you've registered them)
  • Evaluation 2 (complete this with your client towards the end of their 3 months)

What to expect once your client is registered

Shortly after the referral is made (usually within two to three weeks) one of the leisure centres will get in touch directly with your client with joining instructions. You client will be invited to book a free induction with a trainer who will be able to show them the basics of using all the equipment in the centre, alongside a tour of the building. Your client will be able to collect tehir membership card from the reception of their preferred leisure centre on their first visit.

When coming in for a gym or swim session, your client will need to book the session online via the Fusion Lifestyle app or leisure centre website (see list of links on the Fusion Lifestyle website).  

All changing facilities are open so your client can use the lockers provided and the showers after sessions. Your client will need a padlock for the dry changing room lockers and a £1 coin for the wet changing room, which will be returned to you upon leaving. 

Keeping fit after the membership ends

Below are some free and low cost options to consider at the end of your client's membership:

  • Renew the membership for an additional 3 months (this can only be done once)
  • Renew the membership and pay a discounted rate each month, or access discounted pay as you go prices (do this directly with the leisure centre)
  • GO Active has some great free health walks, jogging groups and much more. Find out what's available by visiting GO Active or by emailing Emma Collins for more info: ecollins@oxford.gov.uk
  • GO Active Outdoors helps you make the most of Oxford's parks, green spaces and waterways. Find out about the city's Fit Trails, outdoor gyms and more on the GO Active Outdoors website.

Check a referral status or contact us

If you'd like to check the referral status of your client, please contact the leisure centre they were registered at, either by phone on 0344 893 3222 or click/tap the links below to email.

If you have any general queries about this scheme please email James Baughan.