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Fun new activities for adults with learning disabilities or autism

Adults with learning disabilities or autism and their carers can benefit from trampolining and bowling sessions from local health and care provider Virgin Care and Bath Sports and Leisure Centre.

The BaNES Complex Health Needs Service at Virgin Care has been working with the leisure centre to start the new term-time sessions.

Uriel Renton, Shaun Plummer and Andy Russell (pictured) regularly attend the bowling sessions.

Shaun said: “I think they’re alright – I come every Tuesday”; Andy said of the sessions “Brilliant”, and Uriel says “it’s good”

Katie Plumbly, Occupational Therapist with Virgin Care’s Complex Health Needs Service, said: “Quite often people with a learning disability or autism can be very over-sensitive to sound, with loud sounds being physically painful to them, so there is a lot of value in having sessions for adults-only. We have had fantastic feedback.”

Barnaby Rich, manager of the centre, added: “We have been looking to run these types of sessions, and already run them in other areas. They love it – they love having fun and they stay until the end and they are so excited just to get in.”

The sessions will run during term-times on Mondays between 12-1pm and Tuesdays between 6-7 pm. Trampolining is on Fridays between 2-3 pm.

Sessions are £4 per person and carers attend free of charge. Socks are a must for all bouncers, at £2.20 per pair.

Those who haven’t bounced before should check with their GP or physio and it’s advised not to eat for at least one and a half hours beforehand.

Sessions are bookable online at https://www.better.org.uk/leisure-centre/banes/bath-sports-and-leisure-centre/facilities

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