Volunteers across Cornwall are now able to go to their local Better leisure centre free thanks to the Time Credit initiative organised by the newly-named Tempo charity.

Designed to encourage people to get involved with their community in a voluntary capacity, the scheme works by rewarding individuals with Time Credit notes that can be used as payment for a range of sport and exercise-related activities like swimming, gym sessions, squash and badminton, as well as theatres, arts, learning, recreation and well-being. 

Social enterprise provider GLL, which runs the county’s thirteen leisure centres on behalf of the Council, was approached to become a ‘spend partner’ earlier this summer.

“We were delighted to be asked to participate and have now rolled out time credit payments to all our Cornish centres,” said GLL’s Community Sports Manager Karen Edmond. “Recognising the importance of community volunteering in this way exactly fits our ethos. It’s a really worthwhile cause and one we’re excited to be part of.”

The Cornwall Time Credits programme was formally launched in Penzance by Tempo (formally known as Spice). Other partners in the project include a variety of local attractions.

The Better leisure centres are in St Ives, Bodmin, Liskeard, Bude, Wadebridge, Truro, Falmouth, Newquay, Helston, Launceston, Saltash and St Austell.

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