Below are some of the most frequently asked questions of the Trustees. If you have a question not answered here, you can submit your question to the board using the form at the bottom of this page and we will try to provide a prompt answer.
Halesworth Campus is a charity led by voluntary trustees. The Campus vision is to provide excellent facilities for health and care, sport and wellbeing, and education and training on one integrated site.
On the sports side, we intend to create a well-run, vibrant hub for activities open at a fair price to local people and visitors of all ages.
Phase one of the plan includes:
- Floodlit, all-weather playing surface
- Tennis courts also suitable for netball
- Outdoor and indoor changing rooms
- Gym and fitness suite
Phase two will deliver a sports hall, suitable for various sports and activities. We are still committed to providing a swimming pool as phase three, but this will depend on sufficient funds being raised. We continue to consult and work with local individuals and organisations to ensure that what we offer is based on their needs and interests.
Over all, the development of facilities will depend on:
- How much money we can raise for building and equipping them
- Whether there is sufficient demand (and therefore income) to match the running costs on a sustainable basis
- What we get planning permission for
Thanks to Suffolk County Council’s support for the project, we have not had to buy the Campus site, formally the middle school, or pay for demolition work.
This land is already allocated for development under Waveney District Council’s Local Development Framework (HAL 3). It is intended that part of the site will be developed by Castlemeadow Care to provide new health and care facilities.
We hope to bridge any gap in capital building costs through a mixture of grants, sponsorship and loans, until the Campus is fully up and running.
Halesworth Campus has benefited from several grants to cover the project’s start-up costs, but we will need to continue fundraising in future years.
With the support of our specialist sports consultant, we have made applications to various national sports funding organisations, and we will pursue further funding opportunities in the years ahead.
We welcome ideas and input from anyone with relevant skills and experience who supports the aims of Halesworth Campus and would like to be involved in fundraising.
All fundraising efforts and activities must accord with the values and mission of Halesworth Campus.
The not-for-profit company Sentinel Leisure has been appointed as preferred operator to manage the sports facilities. The charity Halesworth Campus will still hold the Campus in trust for the benefit of the people of Halesworth and surrounding communities in perpetuity.
Definitely not. The Campus project is entirely consistent with the Local Plan. Both recognise the needs and contribution of people of working age as well as people who have retired. Both seek to put in place facilities that will encourage younger people and families to come to Halesworth and surrounding villages. Both are trying to help lay the foundations for a more vibrant future.
We are taking great care to work with other groups to ensure that the Campus complements other developments in the town, rather than competing with them. For example:
- We are working closely with Halesworth Health to try and accommodate their plans for expansion and improvement of health and care services in Halesworth
- We are also working closely with training providers to establish new vocational courses and opportunities within the Skills Academy
- We intend that Campus facilities are suitable for use by elderly people, including those needing therapeutic exercise, for example after surgery or stroke
- We aim to create a pleasant, accessible environment with green walkways linking all parts of the site
- We are committed to providing a centre where children and young people are able to enjoy sporting activity in a lively, safe environment, stimulating their interest in their long-term health and fitness, which will bring benefit to the whole community
- We aim to work in partnership with existing sports clubs and provide activities for people of all ages
If your school’s staff, parents or governors would like to host a presentation about Halesworth Campus, please get in touch via our ‘contact’ page on this website.
The Apollo Youth Club building will not be affected by phase one of the Campus development. The youth club will continue in the Apollo building for those years. The Campus trustees are working closely with youth club organisers and consulting young club members about aspects of the design of the cafe/social space that will accompany the new facilities.
The Skills Academy on the Halesworth Campus site is due to open with new training providers in autumn 2017. There will be a welcome expansion of vocational training opportunities for young people and adults. Some of the trades and qualifications on offer will be linked to other developments and services on the Campus; some to other local employers.
Without volunteers there would be no Campus Project – it’s as simple as that! There are no paid staff, and over the years trustees past and present have put in literally thousands of hours to help the project move forward. We currently have a great deal of work going on in different strands, so if you have skills and time to offer we would welcome your support.
We are looking to strengthen the board of Halesworth Campus with two or three new trustees. As an unpaid trustee, you will need to have time and a real commitment to the objectives of the charity Halesworth Campus. We would welcome especially individuals with skills in fund raising, administration, communication and knowledge of sports development. To express an interest and receive further details, including job description and person specification, email [email protected].
We would also welcome the support of other volunteers, so please do get in touch via the Contact page of this website to express an interest.
Will I be supported?
Yes. You will get a proper induction and you will have a member of the Board as a ‘link’ person. You will be insured whilst on Halesworth Campus business.