Culture and leisure performance information
An overview of our performance in our culture and leisure services.
We encourage active lifestyles and regular exercise among our local residents by promoting our parks; sports facilities and expanding the range of sport activities available for children. We have four sport and leisure centres in the area - Barrhead Sports Centre, Eastwood Park Leisure, Eastwood High Sports Centre and Neilston Leisure Centre and a number of parks and open spaces that we manage such as Rouken Glen and Dams to Darnley Country Park.
We also have a number of culture venues in the area which include Eastwood Park Theatre and our library services are delivered from 4 main libraries (Barrhead at The Foundry), Clarkston, Giffnock, Mearns), 4 smaller libraries (Busby, Eaglesham, Neilston, Thornliebank), and 2 library centres (Netherlee and Uplawmoor).
We have recently established a Culture and Leisure Trust which brings together our sports and leisure facilities, libraries, arts and community facilities.
How the public can get involved?
- Undertake customer surveys.
- We invite volunteers to get involved with a variety of projects for example the Heritage Lottery Fund project in Rouken Glen is seeking volunteers to help with photography, creating visitor leaflets and park conservation.
- We also actively encourage individuals and groups to come to the parks to pursue their own interest with our activity staff. At Dams to Darnley we have also published a new country park environmental education pack to promote the countryside ranger service as a free resource for local schools.
How well we are doing?
|Citizen's Panel - Public parks and open spaces - % of service users rating service as very good/good.||94%||92%||Although slight drop, performing above target.|
|Cost per visit to libraries.||£3.65||N/A||Data not available at end-year|
|Percentage of adults satisfied with leisure facilities.||81%||77%||Performing below target.|
What are we doing to improve performance?
East Renfrewshire Culture & Leisure's Business Plan sets out a number of key aims for delivering services which are more customer focused and cost effective. These include:
- Creating a financially sustainable business model
- Developing an understanding of our customers and an offer which attracts and inspires them.
For Libraries this will mean:
- Redesigning Library Services to expand the community hub model, with a greater degree of local control for each library cluster
- Reviewing stock provision and supplier contracts for book supply and e-books
- Rolling out the Every Child a Library Member project, aiming to achieve 100% library membership for children in targeted areas.
For Sport and Leisure Centres this will mean:
- Working with the Council to develop an Asset Management Plan for properties licensed to the Trust
- Implementing Customer Service Excellence
- Reviewing programming and pricing to ensure a clear and coherent approach
- Redesigning sales and booking systems to create convenient and personalised digital booking of facilities
More detailed information on what we are working to achieve can be found in the following documents;
- East Renfrewshire Council's End Year Performance Report 2015-16 [1Mb]
- East Renfrewshire Single Outcome Agreement Update 2014-15 [1Mb]
- Outcome Delivery Plan 2016-2019 [2Mb]
Other internet pages that may be useful are;