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Dozens of guests descended on GL1 leisure centre in Gloucester last Wednesday (16 October) to celebrate the official launch of the Aspire Community Health and Wellbeing Hub.

The first of its kind in Gloucestershire, the Hub is the result of a three-year collaboration between Aspire Sports and Cultural Trust, Gloucestershire Health and Care’s Mental Health Physiotherapy Service, Macmillan Next Steps Cancer Rehabilitation and Home Group, the Gloucester Community Wellbeing Service (social prescribing specialists).

The vision of the partnership is to create a community focal point from which a range of integrated services across sectors can be delivered collaboratively to promote a social model of care, focusing on people’s physical, mental and social wellbeing.

Jo Payne, Cancer Specialist Dietitian and Team Lead for the Macmillan Next Steps Cancer Rehabilitation Service, said: “GL1 has supported Macmillan Next Steps since 2016. It offers a gap between primary care and the community. We have been able to run cancer rehabilitation programmes from the gym and once clinical care is complete our patients are able to access GL1 feeling more confident and relaxed in the environment.

“Having access to the Hub will enable our patients to link with other services and providers and cement holistic care for physical, mental and social wellbeing.”