Lending Library

Borrow our specialist toys and equipment for FREE!

Lending Library
Lending Library
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We are an award-winning charity with a mission to enable every child and young person with a disability to access regular play, exercise and friendship, to improve their physical and mental health and well-being, and to take their families out of isolation. We cater for all forms of disability from mild to profound physical disability, learning difficulties together with sensory and behavioural disorders.

We support families through the provision of Pop Up activity facilities, consisting of a specialised gym, indoor and outdoor playgrounds, soft play, active and calm sensory rooms, music room, trampolines, therapy suites and a social café. We also provide an online resource hub full of activities and exercises to try at home, a lending library where families can borrow, for free, specialist play equipment and free therapist-led online webinars. 

We wanted to bring a bit of Gympanzees inclusive fun into your homes and help you and your family play and exercise. 

From exercise videos, activities, ideas, Zoom sessions with a qualified therapist and even borrowing specialist play and exercise equipment – we’re here to help you with Our Home. 

We’re excited to announce Our Lending Library is now live! Borrow our specialist play and exercise equipment specific for free and tailored to your child’s needs. Equipment will be delivered to your home.

“Just dropping a line after that call to say that was actually really beneficial to me, it reminded me that there are others out there. I have felt hugely isolated and I’ve had very little contact with anyone other than my parents. Answering questions gave the call a purpose but personally it actually meant much more than that to me. Isolation and loneliness aren’t something that people like to admit to but I’m sure I can’t be the only person who does feel more isolated & lonely who could benefit from a small Zoom calls.”
Parent

Our permanent facility

Alongside our current work, we continue to develop our plans to build the UK’s first dedicated play, exercise and social inclusion destination for children and young people with disabilities and their families. A destination complex designed to suit the needs of our families and open 364 days a year and provide a vital resource.

The Gympanzees plans, generously made for us by Stride Treglown Architects.

84% of children with disabilities cannot access regular leisure facilities so can’t play, exercise or socialise in the same ways as their peers. This not only affects them, but leaves whole families in isolation, with 72% of parents suffering mental health problems as a result and siblings with different needs often feeling overlooked.

There are 58,000 young people with disabilities within an hour of Bristol, and over 1.1 million in the UK.

“The Gympanzees website is informative and easy to use. There is an abundance of resources for a whole host of children with multiple needs. There are different activities for different needs of children. The little video clips explain the activity clearly and simply and the photos really helped my children understand the activity.”
Parent

Pop Up facilities

Since 2017 we have successfully delivered 58 days of Pop Up activity facilities taking 4,000 bookings from children and young people with disabilities, plus their families. This includes regular bookings from numerous disability groups within Bristol.  

Cancelled Pop Ups

Due to Coronavirus, we have made the very difficult decision to cancel our Easter Pop Up and Summer Pop events.

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 Ups have 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 you will receive a full refund for the sessions you have booked on to.
If you have any further questions, please contact us on info@gympanzees.org and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

We look forward to welcoming you to one of our Pop Ups events soon.
Thanks again for your understanding.

Please Support Us

Our income has all but dried up due to Covid-19, but families need our support more than ever. 

Please support us if you can. Your donation will will help Gympanzees deliver project Our Home which is providing support to 1000s of children and young people with disabilities and their families, helping them stay active at home. Through an online hub of information, therapist lead Zoom sessions and an equipment lending library- Gympanzees is taking inclusive fun into families homes to help them play and exercise with a therapeutic twist so that children receive health and well-being benefits – all while having a great time.

"We absolutely loved the pop up gym, genius idea - wish it was available all the time. Managed a full 50 min tutor session afterwards...that’s the power of sensory integration - usually 15 min max!"
Tara Northen
Facebook - August 2018
Brilliant session! Both my my children were able to play. And play with each other. Staff are great. Positive! And everything is possible! Xx
Charlotte Deegan
Facebook - August 2018
"Amazing place! My 6 month twins absolutely loved it and fell asleep straight after- brilliant! 🙂 An opportunity to meet others in similar situations as you. Very friendly and welcoming staff, clean environment and facilities, easy parking, breast feeding friendly, stimulating for young people and overall excellent.👌🏽"
Emma IsAraisin
Facebook - August 2018
"Jaiden who is 6 and I visited our 1st session today at Gympanzees, it was absolutely brilliant and Jaiden loved it. It was very relaxed for both of us and everyone was very understanding of all the children’s needs. I would fully recommend Gympanzees as there is nowhere else like it!"
Nicola Boyle
Facebook - August 2018
"Today my 6yr old son and I attended the first Pop-up Gympanzee Activity Centre session. In my mind I knew what to expect, I’d watched all the videos and followed all the updates but I still wasn’t prepared for the amazing feeling I came away with."
Dawn Hicks
Facebook - July 2018
"This was our 1st visit with our 2 boys and it was fantastic, both boys had great fun, there is so much for them to do. We will be coming back every week! I hope this can become permanent as it is very much needed as it is the only place to cater for a full range of disabilities and the people are lovely."
Rob Hole
Facebook - July 2018
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