Full Description

What we do

In our healthy living centre, the Zest Centre, we have a gym, swimming pool, fitness/dance studio, a healthy cafe and library.  We also run a range of health and wellbeing, employment and training services and activities for children and young people.

Our health services

These include:

  • Citywide NHS Children’s Weight Management Service for 7-15 year olds.
  • Citywise Exercise Referral Service for adults who are sedentary and/or have long-term health conditions to enable them to become more active.
  • Workplace and community-based health checks and lifestyle advice.
  • Training for professionals about obesity and how to raise this sensitive subject with families and individuals.
  • Women’s wellbeing workshops.
  • Confidence building workshops.
  • Health trainer offering one-to-one support to adults who want support to become more healthy.

Our employment and training services

These include:

  • Work clubs supported by volunteers to help clients to look for jobs, improve their CV and interview techniques.
  • Work experience and volunteering opportunities.
  • Varied programme of physical activities and youth clubs for children and young people.

Our leisure services

Our leisure facitilies are a bit different from others in the city.  Not only can you access a range of different services under one roof, but:

  • Our pool is adapted for people with disabilities.  It has has warmer water, a disabled access ramp into the pool and a pool hoist. 
  • We offer a range of women only sessions including women only gym, swimming and activity classes.
  • We keep our prices as low as possible to enable people on low incomes to be active.

Our activities for children and young people

We provide a varied programme of low cost physical activities  and youth clubs for children and young people 5 nights of the week.  Activities include:

  • Karate
  • Table tennis
  • Dance
  • Trampolining/gymnastics
  • Girls only youth club
  • Mixed youth club

Our values

Services at Zest are designed to take a holistic approach to enabling people to lead healthy and successful lives.  We are committed to providing high quality and innovative services.  We ensure that our services are affordable and that we consult with our customers and local residents about the services they want and need.  We work in partnership with a wide range of organisations to deliver high quality services where they are needed.


We are currently fundraising to support our vital actvities for children and young people.  You can help by donating at our Local Giving page.