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Every disabled child in the UK enjoys a life filled with exercise, play and friendship.
To deliver multiple fully inclusive leisure facilities that are easily accessible for disabled children, young people and their families; meeting exercise, therapeutic and social needs.
There are 1 million disabled children and young people in the UK
84% of families with a disabled child can’t access regular leisure and their health and well-being are suffering as a result. 72% of parents suffer from mental health difficulties as a result of isolation.
Gympanzees is an award winning social enterprise and our vision is that every disabled child and young person in the UK has access to play, friendship and exercise.
Inclusive Leisure Facility
We plan to achieve this by opening the UK’s first, fully inclusive leisure facilities around the UK. The first will be in the Bristol area and will cater for the play, exercise and social needs of the 58,000 children and young people, from 0-25 years old, with disabilities who live in the area.
This first permanent facility will take several years to fund and build so, in the meantime, we are running pop up Gympanzees facilities in the holidays to go some way to addressing the problem and to test our concept until the main permanent facility is built.
Pop Up Leisure Facility
We exceeded our initial fundraising goal and so were able to put on the first pop up Leisure Facility in August 2018. This was a huge success, demonstrating that there is the need and proving our concept for the main permanent facility. We had over 1,100 children booked over the 4 weeks with people travelling as far as from Braunton (North Devon), Reading and Worcester – with one family making a holiday of it and staying in a hotel.
Since then we have run two more successful pop ups in Bristol in the Easter and Summer of 2019.
Easter Pop Up 2020 CANCELLED
Due to the current uncertainty surrounding Coronavirus, we have made the very difficult decision to cancel our Easter Pop Up event.
As many of you will know, our Pop Up events help 1,000s of children and young people with disabilities – and their families – exercise, play and build friendships.
We know many of our families will be extremely disappointed that the Pop Up has been cancelled, as are we. We put so much effort into the Pop Ups to ensure our families have the best experience possible. But we simply can not take the risk and the health and safety of our families is our paramount concern.
If you have booked a session with us at the Easter Pop Up, you will shortly receive a full refund for the sessions you have booked on to.
If you have any further questions, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
We look forward to welcoming you to our Move It My Way event and at the Summer Pop Up.
Thanks again for your understanding.
We now plan to run Pop Ups every Easter and Summer holidays until the main facility is built.
We now have the evidence to look for premises and for the capital funding for the main Gympanzees Leisure Facility.