Service users at the Woodmill, which is part of the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT) and is based in Cullompton, Devon, wanted to take up therapeutic swimming lessons. Funding was sourced in a variety of ways and the group recently had their first class.

Swimming benefit’s our service users in so many ways: fitness helps improve mobility, its strengthens the body and improves the balance all in a fun social environment. The exercise within the swimming pool also helps with relaxation and psychological well-being.

Some of our service users would like to tell you what swimming means to them:

Paulina: "I really enjoy swimming!"

Lynn feels that the: "exercise in the pool helps me walking, which is my main goal at the moment."

Paul finds being in the pool: "relaxing and quiet. I enjoy playing games in the pool as well."

Julie Hall, Physiotherapy Assistant had this to say about the swimming: "For me seeing all the service users in the pool is very up lifting and rewarding as I see them enjoying their sessions and how much the session benefits their wellbeing, mood and fitness and achieving their goals."

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