Health and wellbeing

Funding level: Up to £1,000

Description

Bexley Beavers provides a weekly swimming session, free at the point of use, (participants may donate) for people with disabilities, their carers and their immediate family members, supervised by our team of eight fully qualified volunteer lifeguards, to enjoy the health and social benefits that swimming provides. It gives an opportunity for all of the family to enjoy some time together in an activity that they would not normally have access to.

It directly benefits the disabled youngsters and adults and their peers and families (around 250 people) who already regularly use our services as well as newcomers, building their confidence and social skills. It also raises awareness of issues around physical and mental disability among the non disabled adults and volunteers.

Formed in 1967, Bexley Beavers was funded by the London Borough of Bexley until 2014 when the funding was completely withdrawn. It was then that we successfully applied for Charitable status and also registered for gift aid to maximise the donations that we receive. We have been building the organisation’s funding and support from our own volunteers’ fundraising activities and other local sources but do need to secure pool fees for 2018 while we continue to develop our strategy.

Bexley Beavers

Location: London Borough of Bexley, United Kingdom

I am proud of the people who saved this organisation from closure, especially when I see younger people who often cannot communicate verbally, laughing and splashing and so obviously enjoying themselves in the water, knowing that this is somewhere they have complete freedom in a safe environment.
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