Wrexham Council News

We know that exercise is one of the best things we can do for our minds and our bodies.

But for some people, finding the right opportunities and support isn’t easy.

So here’s some brilliant news…

Chirk Leisure Centre and Freedom Leisure have launched inclusive swimming sessions on Monday afternoons for people living with a disability – especially those with dementia.

Based in Chapel Lane, the centre has been offering supported swimming for people living with the illness for some time, and is now extending the service with fully inclusive sessions where people can swim with a carer.

If you think you or someone you know might benefit, get in touch with the leisure centre on 01691 778666.


“…enjoy swimming in a really supportive setting…”

The centre has been working towards becoming ‘dementia friendly’, and is set to receive an award from Wrexham Dementia Friends and the Alzheimer’s Society.

Local Borough Councillor Frank Hemmings said: “Staff have put in a huge amount of effort – working closely with the Alzheimer’s Society to do something that could improve the quality of life for a lot of people.

“We all know the physical and mental benefits of exercise, and these sessions will give people living with dementia and other disabilities the chance to enjoy swimming in a really supportive setting.”

Cllr Hemmings is a member of Wrexham Dementia Friends steering group, and has created over 100 ‘dementia friends’ in Chirk in his role as a Dementia Champion.


“…give it a try…”

Centre Manager David Watkin said: “This is a great opportunity for people across Wrexham who are living with a disability to take part in swimming.

“They’ll be able to swim with a carer provided free of charge and supported by Wrexham Council’s Active Wrexham and GOGA (Go Out Get Active), who are financing the project.

“I’m really pleased our staff are being recognised for the work they’ve done, and I’d encourage people to find out more and give it a try.”

The swimming sessions take place on Mondays from 2.45pm.

For more details contact Chirk Leisure Centre on 01691 778666.

Wrexham Council News
Shaun Pearson (right), captain of Wrexham Football Club, gives his support at the launch of dementia-friendly swimming at Chirk Leisure Centre. Wrexham FC was the first professional team to become dementia friendly.

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