The initiative will give all managers the opportunity to speak to members of the HR team to discuss any issues that they are experiencing, both in and out of work, that may be impacting their wellbeing. All HR staff taking part are also trained mental health first aiders.

“The impact of COVID-19 is being felt across the leisure industry and we recognise the affects that lockdown and the subsequent re-opening may have had on staff at all levels in the business,” said Sue McGrath, HR Director for Parkwood Leisure.

As part of its commitment to protecting the health and wellbeing of its customers and staff, Parkwood Leisure has invested in a state-of-the-art antimicrobial treatment to be used in conjunction with its facilities’ sanitising programmes.

The product, which has been used by the NHS and London Underground, is sprayed over contact surfaces and works by Lysis, which is the disintegration of a cell by rupture of the cell wall or membrane. This creates an antimicrobial ‘spike’, which pierces any virus or bacteria that lands, consequently rupturing and killing the cell and spread of the virus.

The agreement, which was awarded following a competitive tender process, will see equipment from the supplier’s brand portfolio including Life Fitness, Hammer Strength and Cybex, installed across new and existing gyms. With over 100 sites managed on behalf of local authorities across England and Wales, Parkwood Leisure operates more than 70 health and fitness facilities under its ‘Leisure Centre’ brand.

The new partnership will see Life Fitness enhance Parkwood Leisure’s digital offering, including giving members access to on-demand at-home workout videos, delivered through Life Fitness’ Digital Coach platform.

Penzance Leisure Centre will host blood donation sessions today (Thursday 26th March) following an emergency request from NHS Blood and Transplant.

The Parkwood Leisure facility, which is currently closed under government guidance, will turn its sports hall into a temporary blood donor centre in support of the NHS’s efforts to keep donor appointments.

The Pavilion Gardens welcomed guests from the worlds of politics and media last week (30 January), as the popular visitor attraction hosted BBC’s Question Time.

The debate programme, which is filmed at a different location each week, welcomes members of the public to pose questions and discuss topical issues.

Wednesday 18th December, 2019 – Swansea’s Plantasia have been announced as winners of the Association of British and Irish Wild Animal Keepers’ (ABWAK) Environmental Enrichment Grant. The national competition is aimed at animal keepers and zoos throughout Britain and Ireland, and aims to encourage the use of enrichment of animals in their habitats.

Tuesday 10th December 2019 – Plantasia, the rainforest zoo in Parc Tawe, Swansea, has announced a new partnership with the Welsh Rugby Players Association (WRPA) to provide unique experiences for players and their families.

The WRPA, a registered trade union for all professional players in Wales, is mandated by its members to act in their collective best interest in relation to player welfare and issues affecting the game in Wales.

Wednesday 27th November, 2019 – It was a hat trick of award wins for Parkwood Leisure earlier this month, with three of the operator’s Welsh facilities being recognised at regional and national awards ceremonies.

The 2019 Welsh Hospitality Awards, an annual event which celebrates the efforts of businesses from across the industry, saw nominations for Dolygaer (‘Best Day Out’), plus Cardiff International Pool & Gym and Plantasia (‘Family Venue of the Year’).

Charlotte Wilkins picked up the award in recognition of the outstanding efforts shown during her Level 3 AAT Accounting Qualification

Monday 2nd December 2019 – Former Parkwood Leisure apprentice Charlotte Wilkins was awarded with the Excellence in Accountancy award at last week’s Hereford and Worcestershire Group Training Association (HWGTA) Annual Apprentice Awards.