Young­sters in the swim at new spe­cial lessons

The Oban Times - - News -

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.’

Pho­to­graph: Abright­side Pho­tog­ra­phy.

Steve Martin, who will be co- or­di­nat­ing the ASN swim­ing classes at the leisure cen­tre.

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