Our revolutionary purpose built Water Centre opened in 2011 as part of a £3.5m development and is available to use by residents, the local community, visitors to the Lake District and care organisations. It provides a complete sensory experience for users both with and without disabilities.
The centre includes:
- A fully accessible 12x6m multi-sensory hydrotherapy pool, combining ‘state of the art’ technology with the warmth of hydrotherapy, being heated to 32o
- A Poolside Sauna.
- A well-equipped Multi-Sensory Room.
- Light and pleasant indoor and outdoor seating areas.
The pool’s sensory features include a spa, bubble pads and a water fountain – all activated by poolside buttons, with a wall mounted ipad controlling music, blinds and lighting.
A special feature of the pool is that we are able (with prior arrangement with Calvert Trust staff) to raise or lower the depth of the water via a moveable pool floor.
We do not have lifeguards so we need all our swimmers to have a brief induction on or prior to their first visit, with all professionals providing supervision to users (such as carers, teachers and therapists) needing to conduct their own risk assessments suitable to their organisation. More details on this can be found on Pool Prices page.
In terms of accessibility, the water centre is accessed via a sloped walkway or via a lift from the ground floor of the main building, with an additional lift then giving access to the sensory room. Ambulant users can then access the pool via steps with railings, with non-ambulant users able to access the pool via (available on request at point of booking) a manual dipper-hoist or electric tracking hoist. Visitors using these hoists need to have their own moving and handling training and risk assessments, but we can provide familiarisation with our equipment as part of the pool induction.
There are 2 group changing rooms, 2 family changing rooms, plus 2 poolside changing rooms. Both of the poolside changing rooms have free standing adjustable changing beds, with one featuring an overhead hoist and the other featuring the tracker hoist with direct access to the pool.
Located on the upper floor, our sensory room features bubble-tubes, lights and projectors, and a range of sensory and interactive equipment. It’s a great place to leave the distractions of the outside world behind and can be used before or after a swim, or independent of pool use.
“It was my friend’s first visit to the Calvert Trust and they have done and experienced things they have never done before with great pleasure and excitement. All the staff are so friendly and helpful and concentrate on what you can do and not what you can't do which improves your confidence for everyday life”
“Strangely and most surprisingly, out of all the amazing and challenging things I did, it was the walk up to the zip wire without a walking aid (first time since the stroke) that was my biggest achievement. I felt able to attempt it because I have regained so much confidence this week because of the belief of others in my abilities”
The activity schedule is about meeting physical limitations, but stretching and challenging individuals so that they can overcome their fears. The children most definitely get advantages from the trip in terms of self-confidence and empathy with their peers, but what really develops is our understanding of the children as individuals. Seeing them in a challenging external, and a domestic environment, means that you learn more about them in a week than you do in a year in the school. It also means in the classroom at a later date, you can refer back to that shared experience to engage with them on a level that would not have been possible otherwise.Group Leader, Astley Park School