Pool hoist making a splash
A new pool hoist has transformed facilities at Havant Leisure Centre for people with additional needs.
Horizon successfully applied for funding from The Bruce Wake Trust, a charity which assists the provision of leisure facilities for the disabled, who funded half the cost of the £8,000 hoist.
Enabling people to easily get in and out of the pool, the hoist has its own chair and it is run on an electronic system, allowing the user to move smoothly from the pool side into the pool and vice versa.
Holly Styles tried out the new hoist with her parents (pictured above). Holly has physical and learning disabilities, which means that she needs extra help when accessing the pool without the hoist and was previously unable to get in and out of the pool to go swimming with her parents.
It was her parents who encouraged and advised the leisure centre to buy the hoist, along with finding information about funding.
Holly’s mum, Gail Styles, said: “The new hoist takes the weight off so she has freedom in the pool, it’s great. Swimming is one of Holly’s favourite things to do.”
The new hoist compliments the additional needs changing place at Havant Leisure Centre, which were refurbished funded by Hampshire County Council. The changing place is suited to those with disabilities and additional needs.
The changing rooms have a height adjustable adult-sized changing bench, moveable beds and a hoist system helping the users to access the facilities more easily and comfortably.
Horizon Leisure Centres hopes that the new hoist alongside the changing rooms at Havant Leisure Centre will mean that many more additional needs users and their family will be able to access the pool with ease and confidence.
Find out more about Horizon Leisure Centres at www.horizonlc.com