A new swimming session for youngsters with disabilities and additional needs is being launched by two mums at Corby East Midlands International Pool.
The session will take place once a month for a trial period and will be open for families with children with disabilities to go along and enjoy the pool in a fun and relaxed group.
We are very pleased that these new sessions are being trialledCllr John McGhee
The next session will take place between 5pm and 6pm on Saturday, July 18.
The sessions take advantage of the fun pool, floats as well as the aquatube and learner pool subject to their availability.
The session costs £1 and siblings are welcome to go along and join in the fun.
Jaine King and Carly Cook both have children with additional needs and decided that they wanted to bring families in the same situation together for a bit of support and fun.
Jaine said: “We both have children with additional needs and realise it can be difficult to come to public sessions.
“We wanted to offer a relaxed session with no additional noise from a busy swimming session.
“Also this is a great way to meet new friends.
“All staff working these sessions will be volunteering their time.”
The Corby East Midlands International pool has been designed to be highly accessible.
Attention has been paid in the design to ensure colour contrasts, good access, lighting, privacy and dignity all meet high standards.
The facility has Corby’s first public Changing Place, which are rooms that provide adjustable height changing beds and hoists to enable full assisted access to toilet, shower and changing facilities.
As well as the Changing Place the pool also includes six further disabled changing facilities which are large enough to accommodate a carer and helper, disabled steps into the learner pool, lift access to the first floor, six designated wheelchair accessible areas on the spectator balcony, automatic doors leading to the spectator seating area, IFI (Inclusive Fitness Initiative) accredited gym equipment and eight disabled parking bays.
Corby Borough Council’s lead member for community, Cllr John McGhee, said: “The Corby pool was always designed to be a facility for everyone, designed in consultation with community groups and other bodies such as The Henley Centre in order that we could make it as accessible as possible for all residents to enjoy.
“Therefore we are very pleased that these new sessions are being trialled and hopefully they will encourage more families to come and enjoy what the facility has to offer in a fun, friendly and supportive atmosphere.”
For more information on the sessions please contact Corby East Midlands International Pool on 01536 464643.