The Pavilion, Connolly Way, Graylingwell Park, Chichester, PO19 6WD
The Pavilion, previously occupied by Linden Homes as a sales and marketing office, is a great community venue that will be handed over to CCDT in March 2021. Set within the natural surroundings of Havenstoke Park it will become a destination for wellbeing services, classes, health initiatives and food. Our FIKA consultation project (undertaken in 2020) showed a large percentage of residents and local community members wishing to see the old marketing suite developed into a healthcare centre or café.
In response CCDT has worked with local health and fitness practitioners and caterers to develop a combination of both of these requests. Developing the site with a view to opening the doors in June 2021, with a clear focus on enhancing the mental and physical health of those who visit – a challenge that has never been more important than at this time as we ease our way out of the immense impact COVID-19 will leave behind.
CCDT will transform the glass-fronted side of the building into an open space where exercise classes can be held during the day, providing the sense of wide open space achieved by looking out across the park, and inspirational talks and events relating to mental and physical health will take place in the evenings. The back of the building will be converted into 5 therapy treatment rooms that will provide services from a number of different therapists, providing a wide variety of care from massage and acupuncture to more functional services such as chiropody and osteopathy, as well as talking therapies.
The Pavilion will help to address the underlying causes of many visitors’ ill-health. For example, those suffering from back pain can come for acupuncture and massage, but also coaching to address stress levels that could worsen the pain. They can learn Pilates to build their core strength as a preventative measure and enjoy inspiring talks in the evening about the value of optimal exercise, diet and lifestyles.
A small pop-in café will offer coffee, soups, salads and smoothies along with other nutritious food. A space to stop and rest and take in the natural beauty of the park; or meet with friends for those just passing by. It will also be a space to pause and enjoy the therapy or exercise enjoyed in the building.
A key aspect of The Pavilion will be its accessibility. Too often therapies and exercise classes are the luxury of the few, whilst those facing many challenges are unable to access them. There is often also a lack of provision for young people to care for their mental and physical health. Central to the partnership created with those delivering all therapies, classes and talks is therefore a requirement to ‘pay it forward’. CCDT will work hard to generate the footfall and customer base to deliver a full schedule of participants, and in return those delivering the services will provide a percentage of their work at a heavily subsidised rate.
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