Social Benefits

The GV Fitness Centre is part of C.A.R.E. (Herefordshire) CIC a vibrant social enterprise dedicated to delivering social benefits and improving the health and wellbeing of people living in South Herefordshire’s Golden Valley, especially those who are most vulnerable.

Whilst the Fitness Centre must operate on a sustainable financial basis to survive, a key goal of the project is to deliver social benefits for the people of the Golden Valley. Our support for national campaigns like “We Are Undefeatable” and “This Girl Can” are closely aligned with this goal.

One of the most important things we do to support these goals is the inclusion of a comprehensive concessionary pricing policy. This has been designed to help ensure that as far as possible price isn’t a barrier to an individual’s ability to get involved with what we provide. Full details o the concessions we recognise can be found on our Membership page in the main menu above.

The GV Fitness Centre is really proud to support the ‘We Are Undefeatable’ campaign and shares its goals of encouraging and supporting people who live with a disability or long term health condition to take part in regular exercise. To assist with this the centre is built on a single level and is fully accessible. Most of our equipment can be used by people with a wide range of disabilities and our skilled instructors are always pleased to help design a personal exercise programme to assist people to achieve their personal fitness goals regardless of what these may be or what disability or condition they may be living with.

In addition to use of the gym and personal programmes we offer a wide range of classes suited to all abilities,. Our classes also offer participants options to modify the exercises in one or more ways to suit their personal ability.

The ‘This Girl¬† Can’ campaign has created a powerful movement to encourage more women and girls to take part in sport and regular physical activity. Here at the GV Fitness Centre we are fully supportive of the campaign and already provide a wide range of exercise options that have been designed to appeal to and be accessible for this audience. Part of this is a commitment to use images of ‘real women’ as much as possible in our marketing.

Over the next few months, we want to add to this with projects such as setting up a new local women’s running group which will aim to support women and girls of all abilities to take up running.

We are also keen to hear from local people about any ideas for other things we could consider providing that would support the goals of This Girl Can.