Settle Area Disabled Swimmers
Swimming for all abilities.
The group provides a sheltered swimming environment for any person who cannot cope with public swimming sessions by reason of disability, either mental or physical.
The group has been running for 25 years, operated by volunteers, and helps adults and children, who have either long-term or short-term conditions that would benefit from extra help to enable them to enjoy swimming as a lifelong exercise.
The group meets once a week for a one hour session and offers informal help to members as required by their conditions, as well as providing a social occasion for them to meet others with similar problems.
People stay members for as long as they find the sessions beneficial and often stay on to help others who join with similar conditions.
How would this funding have an impact on your community?
The group meets at the local swimming pool which is a charity that no longer receives any funding from the District Council. We live in a remote rural area that really benefits from having a facility like the pool, but we have to pay for our sessions as do all other groups who use it.
Over the years we have raised money and received grants for special steps to enter the water, a hoist for people who can't use the steps and wheelchairs to transport people from the changing rooms to the water.
Our members pay an annual subscription, but we are always in need of more money to pay for the sessions.
The group wants to encourage anyone in the area who needs support to be able to continue to make use of our services for many years to come.
""I joined when I came to the area and as a disabled person it really boosted my confidence and helped me to recuperate." - Anne Wood, member and now Treasurer."