World Cerebral Palsy Day

Posted on: 7th October 2015

WE ARE HERE ON World CP Day

Wednesday 7th October 2015 is World Cerebral Palsy Day – a global campaign to raise awareness of cerebral palsy (CP). The campaign’s vision is “to ensure that children and adults with CP have the same rights, access and opportunities as anyone else in our society. Together, we can make that happen.”

Our children and young people’s team works with a large number of children with CP and would like to mark World CP Day with a strong message about access and facilities at swimming pools:

"Hydrotherapy and swimming really helps functional development and movement for individuals with CP, but the hydro sessions cost a lot of money and there aren't many venues to use (or limited spaces because existing ones are over subscribed).

Swimming pools are too cold or don't have the facilities available to hoist clients in & out of the water... and individuals with CP have experienced life guard attendants asking them to leave the pool because it looks as though they are struggling to swim, whereas in fact they could swim well but their difficulty with co-ordination made their swimming look slightly odd.

Increased awareness is needed for the provision of more hydro locations and swimming pools with good facilities for individuals with CP; training of pool staff on the problems faced; and funds to pay for hydro sessions."

While there are some great facilities out there, we’d love to see more of them across the UK, to give everyone with CP the opportunity to make use of them.

Continuing with the swimming theme, today we’re donning our swimming paraphernalia and raising funds for Scope, a charity that works “to make this country a place where disabled people have the same opportunities as everyone else.” You can see some of our ‘swimming’ photos on Twitter.