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Edinburgh Leisure partners with ReferAll to help manage its Active Communities projects

The 18 Active Communities projects aim to break down barriers to physical activity (Image: Edinburgh Leisure/Chris Watt Photography)

Edinburgh Leisure has partnered with ReferAll to manage all its health and wellbeing referral projects. The trust, which operates more than 50 venues across the city, is now using ReferAll’s data management platform to administer its Active Communities schemes.

The 18 Active Communities projects aim to break down barriers to sport and physical activity and help people lead “healthier, happier and more active lives”.

Using ReferAll’s technology, Edinburgh Leisure will have a real-time overview of all its Active Communities projects and their status, including the number of referrals received, uptake and completion rates. It will also allow it to analyse service performance and patient outcomes, making it easier to demonstrate the positive impact of the project to stakeholders.

Ryan Martin, Wellbeing Referral Manager at Edinburgh Leisure, said: “With the ongoing challenges of securing funding from different partners, we needed a much more robust and seamless data platform.

“We were searching for an accurate way to measure our participants’ outcomes and record the positive impact we’re having on people’s health thanks to their involvement in our Active Communities projects; ReferAll does just that.

“Having the ability to clearly see the number of non-starters and record reasons for non-participation has been especially helpful. Our Active Communities team has a big role to play, working with partners and focusing on individuals and communities who need extra support and ReferAll helps them to do that easily.”

Facilities managed by Edinburgh Leisure include the iconic Royal Commonwealth Pool and the new Meadowbank Sports Centre.

The trust currently supports more than 10,000 people affected by health conditions, disabilities, inequalities and poverty to get active and stay active every year, with projects such as Healthy Active Minds – which uses physical activity to support adults living with mental health conditions – and Steady Steps, supporting adults who have had or may be at risk of a fall.

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