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A Dorset Mum says a Local Charity Have "Changed Her Childs Life."


12:01pm 4th April 2014

For the first time disabled children have more direct support to improve their wellbeing in Wareham.

Dorset Charity Diverse Abilities Plus has used over £5,000 of grant money to launch a special swim scheme.

It pays for families to take their disabled child to their local swimming pool during School holidays, an activity most wouldn't normally be able to do.

Diverse Abilities, currently supports nearly 200 families in the Wareham and surrounding areas and many of these families currently travel over 20 miles to access specialist activities, such as swimming.

Barbara Prentice from Wareham and her 17 year old son Glenn have benefited from the scheme. Glenn has autism, severe learning disabilities and epilepsy, and needs special 1 to 1 help in the pool.

Mum Barbara, told us the Diverse Abilities scheme has changed her sons life;

"It's just great to see him having fun. He has a lot of stress and difficulties in his life and he deserves a break like any other young person. It's something he very much looks forward to, he points to a photo of the swimming pool all year, and is always asking to go in that way. I know he loves it."

Barbara says they never go swimming during term time because the pool can be too busy and not the kind of place where Glenn will feel comfortable when other people are around;

"It's difficult for Glenn to feel safe in a public pool where there are lots of people and lots of noise. He also has behavioural difficulties so it's great that he can be in a pool where other likeminded people might understand."

"He really doesn't have a lot of opportunity to access many other activities like this so it's quite specialised. He loves to swim in the deep end and there's lots of fun floats for him to use in the Wareham pool.

"He doesn't necessarily do lots and lots of swimming but he has a great time."

The swim sessions are available from July's summer holidays. If you want to find out more call 01202 855105 or visit www.copingwithchaos.org

For more information regarding Diverse Abilities visit www.diverseabilitiesplus.org.uk

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