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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.
Fitness through play
Monkeying around together
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. We are now planning our 2020 pop ups, sign up to our newsletter to find out dates and booking details.
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.