Mold Official Opening

The re-developed and extended fitness facilities at Mold Leisure Centre are now officially open. On 9 August 2018, Flintshire County Council Cabinet Members & Senior Officers, Aura Board Members & colleagues and Mold’s Town Mayor attended the official opening at the Leisure Centre.

The new fitness development comprises of a 44+ station fitness suite, which also includes an Origin Functional Rig, 21 Technogym studio cycling bikes, two studios, new changing rooms, a new fitness class programme, plus 46 additional car parking spaces.

Cabinet Member for Education and Youth, Councillor Ian Roberts, said: “It is fantastic to see the completion of a major capital investment in Mold to improve Flintshire’s facilities.  We work co-operatively with Aura which means, rather than having to consider the future of some of our leisure centres and libraries, we are jointly securing jobs and investing in our leisure centres to make them better for our residents.”

Tom Williams, Mold Leisure Centre Manager, said: “The team at Mold Leisure Centre is immensely excited about its opening and are looking forward to delivering a new fitness programme to existing and future members.”

Christine Edwards, Chair of the Board of Directors for Aura added “The investment in Mold Leisure Centre is a key part of our Aura strategy to benefit the community by improving quality of life through the provision of culture and leisure opportunities that improve mental health and physical well-being.”

More information on the new fitness developments can be accessed on www.aura.wales, and on Mold Leisure Centre’s Facebook page, which can be found by searching @MoldLeisureCentre or also on Aura’s page, @walesaura

Mold Leisure Centre

Aura Leisure and Libraries Limited, in partnership with Flintshire County Council, is delighted to announce that the re-development and extended fitness facilities at Mold Leisure Centre is now open.

The new fitness development comprises of a 44+ station fitness suite, which also includes an Origin Functional Rig, 21 Technogym studio cycling bikes, two studios, new changing rooms, a new fitness class programme, plus 46 additional car parking spaces.

Memberships start from as little as £22 a month to use the facilities at Mold Leisure Centre. Memberships are available at a different rate that will enable use of the facilities at Buckley leisure Centre, Deeside Leisure Centre as well as Jade Jones Pavilion, Flint.

Tom Williams, Mold Leisure Centre Manager, said:

“The team at Mold Leisure Centre is immensely excited about its opening and are looking forward to delivering a new fitness programme to existing and future members.  This new facility will enable us to expand on the services we currently provide to the community and continue to cater for customers of all ages. The addition of a second first floor studio and the expansion of the fitness suite will support the delivery of new activities for both the community and the two adjoining high schools.”

Christine Edwards, Chair of the Board of Directors for Aura added “The investment in Mold Leisure Centre is a key part of our Aura strategy to benefit the community by improving quality of life through the provision of culture and leisure opportunities that improve mental health and physical well-being.”  Aura, an employee owned and not-for-profit organisation, want to continue to increase ways to keep community members active.  The facilities are impressive and the Mold Team should be proud of what they have delivered.

Cabinet Member for Education and Youth, Councillor Ian Roberts, said:

“It is fantastic to see the completion of a major capital investment in Mold to improve Flintshire’s facilities.  We work co-operatively with Aura which means, rather than having to consider the future of some of our leisure centres and libraries, we are jointly securing jobs and investing in our leisure centres to make them better for our residents.”

More information on the new fitness developments can be accessed on www.aura.wales, and on Mold Leisure Centre’s Facebook page, which can be found by searching @MoldLeisureCentre or also on Aura’s page, @walesaura

Improvements to Jade Jones Pavilion announced

As part of its vision to improve mental health and physical well-being, Aura Leisure and Libraries Limited, in partnership with Flintshire County Council, is pleased to announce that construction work at Jade Jones Pavilion Flint will commence in July 2018 to refurbish the swimming pool changing village and to re-develop and extend the first floor fitness facilities.

The leisure centre will remain open during the construction works and it is anticipated that the upgraded facility will open in October 2018.

Aura is a charitable, not-for-profit, organisation which, from 1 September 2017, is responsible for managing the majority of leisure centres and libraries previously operated directly by Flintshire County Council.

Cabinet Member for Education and Youth, Councillor Ian Roberts, said:

“It is fantastic to see the announcement that work will soon commence on a second major capital investment to improve Flintshire’s facilities.  We work co-operatively with Aura which means, rather than having to consider the future of some of our leisure centres and libraries, we are jointly securing jobs and investing in our leisure centres to make them better for our residents.”

Christine Edwards, Chair of Aura Leisure and Libraries, said:

“This is a huge milestone for the Aura Team.  The Board has been working really hard with employees to ensure that services are improved and that customers experience benefits.  This announcement shows our commitment to make a significant and long term difference for the residents of Flintshire.”

Jade Jones Pavilion Flint manager, Neil Rimell, said:

“All employees are excited about the development and are looking forward to providing these new enhanced facilities for the local community. We are continually developing our programmes and services and know that these developments will greatly enhance the facilities, further improving overall provision”.

Children invited to join Mischief Makers across Flintshire

Aura Leisure and Libraries Ltd are calling for children to sign up to read six books this summer as part of Mischief Makers, Summer Reading Challenge 2018.

The Summer Reading Challenge asks 4-11 year olds to borrow and read any six library books over the summer. The theme for the 2018 Summer Reading Challenge is Mischief Makers, inspired by the much-loved children’s title Beano, which celebrates its 80th anniversary.

Children will explore a map of Beanotown to find a hidden treasure chest full of pranks and become ultimate mischief makers! As children read library books for the Summer Reading Challenge, they will receive special stickers, some with mysterious smells. By adding these stickers to their map, young readers will help Dennis, Gnasher and friends solve clues and discover the treasure, having lots of fun and adventures along the way.

To take part in Mischief Makers, all children need to do is sign up at their nearest library where they will be given a colourful collector’s map of Beanotown to keep a record of their Summer Reading Challenge journey.

Mischief Makers launches in libraries across Flintshire on Saturday 14th July and runs until Saturday 8th September.

There’s a whole programme of events and activities planned in Aura Libraries for families over the summer to celebrate the Summer Reading Challenge, including art workshops, author visits and animal handling sessions.  Just contact your local library to find out how to take part.

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Sue Wilkinson, CEO of The Reading Agency said: “At The Reading Agency, we believe that everything changes when we read and we know from our research how much fun families and children have when taking part in the Challenge. Mischief Makers offers intergenerational appeal and we hope this family friendly, accessible theme will inspire more children than ever to read over the holidays and make use of their local library throughout the summer and beyond.”

Kate Leonard, Libraries Development Manager for Aura Leisure and Libraries Ltd said “We hope lots of children across Flintshire become Mischief Makers with us this summer and build on the success of last year when 2196 children took part. The Reading Challenge offers a combination of fun, freedom, and creative opportunities for children and their families. It can significantly increase children’s reading levels, range, motivation and confidence.  We look forward to seeing you in our libraries this summer”.

For all media enquiries please contact Susannah Hill, Library Manager, 01352 704404, susannah.hill@aura.wales

The Reading Agency is the leading charity inspiring people of all ages and all backgrounds to read for pleasure and empowerment. Working with our partners, our aim is to make reading accessible to everyone. The Reading Agency is funded by the Arts Council.  https://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk

Mischief Makers All

Beano: The Summer Reading Challenge is excited to be working with Beano in their 80th anniversary year. This iconic comic, recently refreshed for a new generation of fans, will bring its unique humour to the Challenge to help us celebrate reading, creativity, friendship and fun!  Beano Studios creates hilarious, rebellious entertainment worldwide including, digital content on www.beano.com , TV shows (catch Dennis and Gnasher Unleashed on CBBC) and the legendary comic and No.1 selling annual.

Libraries Connected is a membership organisation, representing heads of library services in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. We take a leading role in the development of public libraries through advocating for the power of libraries, sharing best practice and leading the debate on the future of the public library service. www.librariesconnected.org.uk

The Welsh Books Council and the Welsh Government support the Summer Reading Challenge, which enable the materials to be available bilingually.

LIBRARIES ACROSS FLINTSHIRE TO OFFER LONGER OPENING HOURS

COMMENCING 8TH MAY 2018

Aura Leisure and Libraries Limited, in partnership with Flintshire County Council, has announced plans to improve and extend opening hours across library sites to enable better access to services for residents.

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From Tuesday 8th May 2018 our libraries will be changing their opening hours to allow for increased, easier and more convenient access for our customers. This will mean that all sites will be open from 9am and will also be open 9am to 1pm every Saturday. Each branch will also have at least one evening per week where they open until 6pm. The new opening hours offer an increase across the service from 275 hours to 284 hours.

Aura Leisure and Libraries Ltd is committed to continually improving the standard of service to our customers. We recently reviewed how the majority of our customers utilised the library service and looked at how we could best meet demand. We found that our customers would prefer that we open earlier in the day during the week and close later on a Saturday. We found that between 6 and 7pm we had minimal visits and issues so we decided to use that time and staffing resource in a smarter way for our customers without incurring any additional costings. Aura will continue to review opening hours across our libraries as we continue on our journey as a new employee-owned, not-for-profit organisation.

There are a number of ways you can still access library services after 6pm. The Self Service library facility at Deeside, within the Leisure Centre, is open from 6am until 10pm throughout the week. (Deeside Library is staffed between 1pm and 6pm, Monday to Friday, and 9am to 1pm on Saturday).

You can also access our library service online 24 hours a day at www.aura.wales/libraries

The new library opening hours will contribute to Aura’s purpose ‘to benefit the community by improving quality of life through the provision of culture and leisure opportunities that improve mental health and physical well-being.’ We want to increase opportunities for people to access our library services across Flintshire and enable ‘More people, more active minds and bodies, more often’.

Foundation Trainee 2018

Aura Leisure and Libraries are extremely proud of Emma winning Foundation Trainee 2018. When Emma commenced in September 2017 her enthusiasm and positivity for any task has been an inspiration. She has worked at Flint, Connah’s Quay and Mold libraries and her passion for Aura has been felt at each and every place she has worked. She has visibly raised morale within the teams resulting in her colleagues asking for her to come back as a permanent fixture!

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Emma goes above and beyond. Her recent work in Mold was exceptional, she independently managed a project with schools – developing positive relationship with teachers and children alike. As a result she has been asked to present her work with the bilingual school within Aura as a model of good practice at the CILIP Cymru Conference at Aberystwyth in May.

Manager quote submitted for the application:
“Emma has been an inspiration to other colleagues in the workplace providing them with new and creative ideas.”

Background

Each year two Trainees are chosen from across the organisation as Flintshire Trainees of the year.

  • Foundation Trainee of the year (level 2)
  • Trainee of the year (level 3 and above)

Nominations for the award are put forward by course tutors, managers and Assessors. Competition is very high and it is a very difficult decision due to the quality of work and commitment demonstrated by all of the Trainees.
The criteria used to decide:

  • Quality of work
  • contribution in the workplace
  • quality of college work
  • attendance
  • attitude and courtesy

Sports Hub Success

Anti-social behaviour by teenagers which was blighting two villages in Flintshire is on the decline thanks to Friday night football sessions funded by Wales & West Housing.

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Following growing reports of young people committing criminal damage, playing football on business premises and throwing eggs at vehicles in Ewloe and Hawarden, the housing association stepped in to support the solution devised by North Wales Police and Flintshire Council to tackle the problem.

More than 20 youngsters aged 12-17 now attend a weekly football session at Hawarden High School run by police community support officer (PCSO) Stephanie Jones and Dan Williams, school and community sports coordinator from Aura Leisure and Libraries.

Many of the anti-social behaviour suspects blamed their actions on boredom and having nothing to do after school. But with the regular activity in place since September last year ASB crime in Ewloe and Hawarden is declining – and relations between the police and young people are on the way up.

PCSO Stephanie Jones said: “Myself and Dan both felt that Hawarden and Ewloe were lacking positive activities that could be utilised by local young people to entertain their time more constructively outside of school.

“Wales & West Housing generously provided £500 of the £750 raised to support the programme, with the rest provided by Flintshire County Council’s ASB tasking committee and Aura Leisure and Libraries.

“The football sessions have definitely had a positive impact on the levels of Anti-Social Behaviour in the area, particularly on Friday evenings.

“Prior to the programme, ASB in Hawarden and Ewloe was a monthly point of discussion at police meetings based on the number of reports we were receiving but six months into our project the area has been removed from the agenda, demonstrating the vast improvement that has occurred.”
The North Wales office of Wales & West Housing is at St David’s Park in Ewloe. Chief executive Anne Hinchey said: “Our sponsorship programme is focused on identifying projects and organisations which match our own vision of making a difference within the community so we are delighted to see the positive impact which the football sessions have had in the area.”

PCSO Jones now hopes to extend the project and expand it in future. She added: “On some of the busiest weeks as many as 50 have attended to take part, which is fantastic.

“Dan and I are present at every session as I feel it’s important to remove barriers between young people and the police, eliminating their preconception of what we do.”

The football sessions take place every Friday evening from 6pm – 7pm at Hawarden High School outdoor pitch and are free to attend for anyone aged 12-17. No advanced booking is needed. Sessions are operated on a drop-in basis so players can just turn up on the night.