Social Enterprise Spotlight – McLaren Leisure

Posted: 21 January 2020, in News

Our newest Social Enterprise Spotlight is Trish Thompson and McLaren Leisure. Read and share their Q&A interview below! Get in contact with on trish@mclarenleisure.co.uk

What’s your social and/or environmental mission? McLaren Leisure will continue to provide the highest quality, inclusive sport and leisure facilities and services for our local community and visitors to the area.

How do you do it? (client group, practical daily work, customers etc) Our team of staff and volunteers deliver this through providing welcoming, inclusive, safe and comfortable facilities/services that promote healthy living and wellbeing, engaging partnership working where beneficial. Whether coaching, giving information, setting up equipment or serving food and drink, our team are flexible and cover a host of skills, pushing forward to meet the needs of the wider community.

What’s your personal motivation for being a social entrepreneur? I’ve gained enormous satisfaction for being part of and leading delivery on such an essential commodity for the community, supporting participant’s mental, physical, health and wellbeing and ensuring they have facilities that reduce rural isolation and travel times.  Also employment and upskilling 30 staff and those incomes benefiting this rural community.

What are your current projects? Improving core services meeting the customer needs and wants.  Addressing flexibility and future prospects for our facilities, building in sustainability. Upgrading arena space for community use and club use, upskilling staff and volunteers in a wider variety of coaching skills and partnership working, for the skill sets we don’t have.

What exciting things do you have coming up? We have a varied diary of events, Tiny tots Christmas party 18th December, facilitating the Callander 10k in the new year, as well as Evans Sportive.  We hope to be hosting a pantomime for our community in March/April. All our exiting kids camps and Birthday parties throughout the year and a drive to reduce our carbon impact, lower our running costs. We hope to refurbish our spa tub, upgrade our fitness suite and revamp our arena space, all dependent on funding.

Who do you want to work with more? Supporters, volunteers, enablers, funders and any of the wider community that would benefit from sports and leisure facilities and services.

What’s your biggest challenge? Funding is our biggest challenge, to meet the user/non user needs and sustainability goals.

What top tips would you give to other social enterprises? If all your stakeholders understand your purpose, strengths and weakness you are half way there, the rest is keeping the awareness and having a good committed team helping drive forward on strategic plans and implementing those plans.  That starts with your Board and should filter through all stakeholders. Remember your most important assets are your staff and volunteers, make sure they feel valued.