A new swimming session for people with special educational needs and disabilities has been launched at Woodford Leisure Centre in Hull.
Hull Culture and Leisure (HCAL) has invested £1,400 into new equipment to support the weekly session, as well as working with Hull MIND to deliver new disability training for staff.
The leisure centre reopened last year following a multi-million pound council refurbishment programme, resulting in Woodford now being one of the most disability-friendly leisure centres in the region.
Marjorie Brabazon, chair of Hull Culture and Leisure, said: “Following its refurbishment, Woodford is now an incredibly inclusive facility.
“The leisure centre offers fantastic provision for people with special educational needs and disabilities, in an understanding and supportive environment.
“I’m delighted that Hull Culture and Leisure has continued to build on this investment with the investment in its staff and these sessions.”
The new family disability swimming session has been organised with the support of the Leisure And Freetime Support Service (LAFFS) at Hull City Council.
The session will run from 6.30pm until 8pm every Monday during term time.
The family swim session gives children, young adults, their families and carers a session in the leisure pool at Woodford with LAFSS staff being on hand to support them.
Disabled children and young people are less likely to participate in physical activity compared to other children and young people, which has an impact on their long-term physical and mental health.
The session at Woodford will enable children and young people to have fun, be active and socialise with other people in a welcoming environment alongside family and carers.
For more information about the session, or Woodford Leisure Centre, visit www.hcandl.co.uk/woodford