Providing a Leisure Facility

We aim to provide a leisure facility which is fully accessible and tailored for children and young people (0-25 yrs old) with disabilities. It will be open 7 days per week, all through the year. The facility will be run in several sessions each day – each with a different focus so each child or young person will find slots which work for them. The centre will have several different areas which will be accessible for those with the most severe physical difficulties through to those who are very active with emotional or behavioural difficulties.

The centre will be a venue for birthdays and there will be slots open to the public for those who would prefer full inclusion.

Siblings are welcome in many of the sessions and families are encouraged to play together although there will be a café for a well deserved rest.

The Gympanzees plans, generously made for us by Stride Treglown Architects.

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Improving Health Outcomes

Physical activity can increase life expectancy by reducing major mortality risk factors such as stroke, diabetes and poor lung health. Physical activity will also help improve mobility, coordination, energy levels, appetite and sleep and assist in weight loss.

For those with physical disabilities, exercise will help to prevent or reduce pain and allow young adults to achieve and maintain their optimum level of independence.

For those with ADHD, Autism and Sensory Processing Disorders, the right kind of exercise can be sufficient to help reduce challenging behaviours and lead to calmer and happier children.

The opportunity provided by Gympanzees for physical activity will result in better health outcomes, reduced burden on the NHS and, most importantly, improve quality of life amongst the children and young people and their families.

Tackling Isolation

The leisure facility and the services it will provide aim to bring families together to improve both the relationships within the family and to provide an opportunity for parents to develop supportive relationships with other parent/ carers. They can meet others if they want in a natural way but aren’t under any obligation to speak to others if they aren’t keen or ready. The children can play with others who have their abilities or disabilities without feeling the odd one out. Parents will see their child being able to take part in activities, which will add to their sense of joy.

"We absolutely loved the pop up gym, genius idea - wish it was available all the time. Managed a full 50 min tutor session afterwards...that’s the power of sensory integration - usually 15 min max!"
Tara Northen
Facebook - August 2018
Brilliant session! Both my my children were able to play. And play with each other. Staff are great. Positive! And everything is possible! Xx
Charlotte Deegan
Facebook - August 2018
"Amazing place! My 6 month twins absolutely loved it and fell asleep straight after- brilliant! 🙂 An opportunity to meet others in similar situations as you. Very friendly and welcoming staff, clean environment and facilities, easy parking, breast feeding friendly, stimulating for young people and overall excellent.👌🏽"
Emma IsAraisin
Facebook - August 2018
"Jaiden who is 6 and I visited our 1st session today at Gympanzees, it was absolutely brilliant and Jaiden loved it. It was very relaxed for both of us and everyone was very understanding of all the children’s needs. I would fully recommend Gympanzees as there is nowhere else like it!"
Nicola Boyle
Facebook - August 2018
"Today my 6yr old son and I attended the first Pop-up Gympanzee Activity Centre session. In my mind I knew what to expect, I’d watched all the videos and followed all the updates but I still wasn’t prepared for the amazing feeling I came away with."
Dawn Hicks
Facebook - July 2018
"This was our 1st visit with our 2 boys and it was fantastic, both boys had great fun, there is so much for them to do. We will be coming back every week! I hope this can become permanent as it is very much needed as it is the only place to cater for a full range of disabilities and the people are lovely."
Rob Hole
Facebook - July 2018
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