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New Equipment

NEW AWARD-WINNING EQUIPMENT MAKES THE IMPOSSIBLE…POSSIBLE!

Whatever an individuals physical ability, everyone can participate in the facilities on offer at Bedford Borough Council’s Kempston Outdoor Centre thanks to award-winning specialist equipment now available, and hosted at the centre.

 

Last year, Kempston Outdoor Centre staff held a seminar on ‘inclusive adventure’; this took place in order to discuss ways to help people with physical restrictions use the centre’s facilities.

 

The centre then got in touch with Bedford District Cerebral Palsy Society to further discuss and carry out this vision. The charity worked with Bedford Borough Council which funded the equipment, and was designed by Suresh Paul who chairs the organisation, Equal Adventure.  

 

The result produced a kite harness which won a Millennium Award and comes in various sizes, and is designed to be a modular system where differing degrees of support can be added or removed to or from it. This enables people who are perhaps wheelchair users to reach the top of the outdoor climbing wall, which is 40ft high.

 

In addition to the harnesses, knee and elbow pads are available, as well as a mobile climbing rope ladder and sensory equipment, all made up of materials ranging in different colours, textures and sounds which can be used as motivational aids.

 

The centre has a good working relationship with Bedford District Cerebral Palsy Society (BDCPS) and deliver an annual summer activity programme typically lasting up to three weeks, where the participants take part in all the centre activities, where this is possible.

 

This summer, this equipment enabled a much broader range of activities to be available to BDCPS’ young people, so they could enjoy a meaningful activity experience with greater dignity and control.

 

The Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: “It was so moving to witness what many people would think would be impossible. To watch these young people as they were moved from their wheelchairs and placed into harnesses, so that they could excel to heights that a climbing instructor could reach on the climbing wall, was just brilliant. Those who participated were evidently thrilled by the experience.”

 

Cllr Doug McMurdo, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture at Bedford Borough Council, said: “No-one need be left out in terms of active participation, thanks to this cutting edge equipment. I would like to thank the dedicated team of staff at the centre who clearly get job satisfaction from witnessing other peoples’ happiness - they make young peoples’ dreams and aspirations become a reality.”

 

For more information on Kempston Outdoor Centre telephone 01234 718666 or visit http://www.kempstonoutdoorcentre.co.uk/

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