Youngsters in the swim at new special lessons
SWIMMING lessons for children with additional support needs in Lochaber have been set up following a successful campaign.
The call to set up a swimming class for children with additional support needs was successful earlier this year after High Life Highland agreed to put on classes at Lochaber Leisure Centre.
Amie-Louise Wallace, who set up the Lochaber Autism Support Group two years ago, had been canvassing parents in Lochaber who have children with support needs to assess the need for tailored swimming classes.
The response was positive and Lochaber Autism Support Group’s hard work has now paid off.
The group took to Facebook to let the community know about the classes.
Amie said: ‘I am happy to announce swimming lessons for children with additional support needs are now available to book at Lochaber Leisure Centre. These lessons will take place every Monday at 4.30pm in the hydrotherapy pool starting on Monday April 24. Depending on your child's needs, parents are welcome to be in the water to assist.
‘Like the regular lessons, this session is free to High Life Highland members and for [children aged] five years and up. Classes are limited to six children so please book now to avoid disappointment.’
A spokesperson for High Life Highland said they were ‘delighted’ to be working with Lochaber Autism Support Group to trial dedicated weekly lessons for children with additional support needs, adding: ‘These lessons are also available for children outwith the group and our team would be pleased to help with any enquiries.’
Steve Martin, who will be co- ordinating the ASN swiming classes at the leisure centre.