Sep 20

Gympanzees Set To Open Disability-Specific Leisure Facility!

Matthew

In a UK first, Gympanzees – which delivers fully inclusive leisure facilities for disabled children and young people – is due to open a disability-specific inclusive and accessible site in Bristol in 2023.

The Project Home campaign aims to raise £2.2 million to secure a building and equip it with inclusive sensory and exercise equipment, as well as specialist rooms, so that the 66,000 disabled children and young people living within an hour of Bristol have somewhere to come and play.

The idea is to provide fitness, fun and friendship at the facility in a non-judgemental, safe and welcoming way for children and young people up to the age of 25 who have sensory, physical, learning difficulties, SEN and mild to profound disabilities.

The space will provide an innovative solution to the problems of isolation and inactivity among disabled children. Some 77 per cent of disabled children currently struggle to access regular leisure facilities, so they’re unable to exercise, play or socialise as their peers would.

The centre will be open every day of the week, with a range of activity rooms on offer, such as soft play, sensory, trampoline and music, as well as a specialist gym, exercise suites, accessible playgrounds, therapy rooms, exercise suites and a community cafe.

Stephanie Wheen, CEO and founder of Gympanzees, said: “We are delighted to enter this exciting stage in our plans to build a permanent facility in Bristol.

“Families crucially deserve more than temporary; they need a place they can trust and rely upon all year round that supports all their health and well-being needs, helps reduce their isolation and provides unrivalled opportunities for them to make family memories.”

She went on to say that huge amounts of support has been given, with temporary popup events welcoming 8,000 visitors over 58 days.

 

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