Hello, we're Halo!
Halo is a registered charity and social enterprise running 20 sport and leisure centres throughout Herefordshire, Bridgend County Borough, Shropshire and Swindon on behalf of the local authorities. We often discuss our status as a social enterprise, but many of our customers are unsure of what it actually means and more importantly, how it benefits them. Being a social enterprise means Halo trades for social purposes. We are a registered charity and 'not for profit' organisation, with no shareholders. The money we make is ploughed back into the facilities. This allows us to keep our costs low and offer outstanding value for money across Herefordshire. Basically, when our customers spend money with us, we largely reinvest this into Halo services. So users are helping to sustain leisure activities for everyone across the county to enjoy – from pre and post natal exercise classes, babies in the ‘Swim-A-Song’ sessions, specialist exercise classes for people with MS, to toddlers at Gym Tots and to 55+ group exercise classes. We also share our expertise with developing operators such as the Point4 at The Royal National College for the Blind in Hereford and The Severn Centre in Highley, Shropshire.
But that's only the start of the story…
"We are dedicated to providing the best sport and leisure choices…"
In any one day at any one Halo Centre, you will find a mix of people coming through the doors who tell our story. Sportsmen and women making their daily visit for training, often for regional or national competitions. Families coming to relax, pool gear tucked under their arm, and huge smiles on their faces; women and girls coming to exercise together, many putting on their trainers for the first time after years of thinking sport wasn't for them; working people working out at lunchtimes or after hours; older people coming to one of our bespoke exercise classes, or to find out how our team - in partnership with their GP - can help them recover from a bout of ill health and teams of young people piling in to hire bikes, play badminton, go climbing or to swim together…
All ages, backgrounds, abilities and disabilities sharing in the one magical thing that is sport and leisure.
"We plough every surplus penny we make back into the services we provide…"
They are what Halo is all about. Everything we do is designed to make sure we reach everyone across the counties where we work. This is our second decade in Herefordshire and our third year in Bridgend County Borough. In both counties we are dedicated to providing the best kind of sport and leisure choices, and the chance to enjoy them in first class facilities. We notch up millions of visits each year and, as a charity and 'not-for-profit' social enterprise we are able to plough every penny we make back into the services we provide. Another thing you might not know about is that we are one of only five social enterprises in the West Midlands to be awarded Flagship status and are holders of the Social Enterprise Mark in recognition of the work we do to open up leisure opportunities for local communities. Pretty good, hey?
We have been able to invest millions in upgrading Halo Centres. In Wales we recently opened the doors to our new Bridgend Life Centre, and have been upgrading facilities across Bridgend County. In Herefordshire we gave Hereford Leisure Pool a complete makeover and we're now working on Hereford Leisure Centre, and our facilities in Leominster and Ross-on-Wye. This commitment to excellence is reflected in our accreditation from Quest (the leisure sector's equivalent of OFSTED). All of our Centres are rated 'Highly Commended' or 'Excellent' by Quest.
"This would not be possible without you, and your commitment to your own good health…"
Of course all these developments are made possible by our proud partnership with both the Council in Herefordshire and Bridgend County Borough and our wonderful Board of Trustees. We know our continued success and growth would not be possible without their support, and the hard work and dedication of everyone on our teams across our centres. But most of all it would not be possible without you. Your commitment to yours and your family's health, happiness and wellbeing is what drives every new initiative, and every new development. So keep coming through our doors and telling us how you feel…
Our Committment to the Welsh speaking community
We do everything we can to communicate with our users who are Welsh speakers from providing our joining information, pricing, website, newsletters, timetables, annual reports, internal and external signage in both Welsh and English. Click here to see our current Welsh Language Policy. We are also working on embracing the new Welsh Language Standards
Our Annual Reports