Project information

Little Swimmers

Learning to swim can be challenging for children with physical and complex disabilities. School for Parents weekly swimming project aims to improve the disabled child's confidence in water, complementing the development of motor skills, helping sensory integration and leading to a swimming award.

April 2014 - March 2015

Charity information: School For Parents

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  • Need

    Need

    For children with physical and complex disabilities, most locally-available swimming programmes and facilities aren’t appropriate, which means these children are often excluded from swimming sessions. We believe that the early swimming experience complements motor development and helps with sensory integration. In turn, this helps children with complex needs adapt to their environment and encourages them to communicate.

    Solution

    School for Parents has developed a swimming award in recognition of the need for an appropriate and consistent approach to teach disabled children to swim. The early swimming experience helps children with complex needs adapt to their environment, developing motor and sensory skills. Our swimming sessions also provide an opportunity for children and their parents to bond. For a child with severe physical challenges it’s not often possible for the parent to experience that close relationship.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Set up and promote 1 year of weekly swimming sessions for our children and parents for 2014/15

    Activities

    » With guaranteed funding, we would promote the project to families attending SfP to highlight the complementary benefits, both to child and parent.

    Success would be to have a a maximum of 15 children and parents signed up for sessions


  • Impact

    Impact

    The early swimming experience complements motor development and helps with sensory integration. In turn, this helps children with complex needs adapt to their environment and encourages them to communicate. Regular and appropriate swimming sessions assist the continued development of important life skills as the child gets older. Success will be the formal recording of achievements in the water and the uptake of additional children to the programme over the following 12 months.

    Risk

    There is a potential risk that due to illness a child may not be well enough to participate and this is built into their development plans. We will deal with this risk by being flexible in setting/adjusting [the child's] achievable targets.

    Reporting

    We will email a monthly report to donors of the Little Swimmers project, focusing on key achievements of individual children (and parents). Donors will be invited to observe swimming sessions (and at SfP too) and to also attend other activities and will be kept informed of any amendments to plans.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £13,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,300 venue hire booking venue for 29 weekly sessions
      £11,700 other staff time, admin, travel
  • Background

    Location

    Learning to swim can be very challenging when you have problems coordinating your movements. For children with physical and complex disabilities, most locally-available swimming programmes and facilities aren’t appropriate, which means these children are often excluded from swimming sessions.We use the refurbished Victoria Leisure Centre's warm water training pool which is ideal for our children who experience painful spasms or have restricted mobility.

    Beneficiaries

    We’re a Nottingham-based charity that supports babies and pre-school children with conditions such as cerebral palsy that cause motor disorders or motor development delay. We also run specialist projects to help children with Down’s syndrome improve their communication skills. We work closely with both the child and their parent to encourage and motivate each child’s desire to achieve tasks. At the same time, we give parents the knowledge, confidence and strength they need to cope.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are the only service in Notts that supports children with motor learning difficulties or motor development delay alongside their parents. We encourage these children to develop basic motor, sensory and self help skills such as sitting, standing, touching, listening, looking, eating and playing. Children are grouped by their age, specific needs and abilities. Our staff are trained Halliwick swimming teachers and can adapt learning to suit the individual needs of the child.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Erika Juhasz, Lead Conductor

    Erika is our Lead Conductor, a qualified Teacher / Conductor who trained at the Peto Institute and has more than 10 years experience.

See our parents talking of their experiences

£100

Funds one child & their parent[s] for a full day

Inspiring - dedication coupled with high calibre training - winning combination

Sharon Townes