What's so good about hydrotherapy?
As you may have seen by now, we're currently trying to raise funds to build a hydrotherapy suite. It's been something our clients, their families and carers have asked of us for many years. We understand and believe in the value of hydrotherapy, and it's something we've always wanted to be able to offer. However, Burton Street is a not-for-profit social enterprise, and we run on very tight margins. We don't have any big pots of money tucked away. This means the cost of building a hydrotherapy suite has always been out of our reach.
However over the last few months a few things have changed, and it's brought the issue of hydrotherapy back to the front of our minds.
A few changes are happening
Firstly, we turned 20! The Burton Street Foundation was officially formalised on the 23rd of March 1998. For most of that time, we have provided activities and opportunities for people with learning and/or physical disabilities. That's been a key part of what we've done since we launched. Turning twenty made us realise just how long we've been doing what we do, and just how long we've dreamed of having our own hydrotherapy pool!
Secondly, we're getting a bit of extra space. The Bamforth Building has been home to Green Estate Timber Recycling since 2016. They're now moving on to pastures new, and it's leaving us with a large, empty space and a world of opportunity.
This is why we're currently in the process of applying for grant funding to allow us to convert this vacant space into a therapy centre, specially designed for clients with profound and multiple learning disabilities. The centre will have dedicated quiet spaces to accommodate 1 to 1 support and intensive interaction and creative arts therapy, centered around a fully equipped sensory area. You will be able to read more about this in the near future as plans firm up, but it means at the moment we're hoping to raise a (quite scary) total of £251,000.
A small part of a larger project
Our hydrotherapy suite is a small, but key part of this larger development. As senior learning disability manager Dannielle says:
"Hydrotherapy would be so beneficial for our clients. Not only for their physical wellbeing, but also for their mental and emotional wellbeing.
To be able to lie and move around in warm water, feeling weightlessness and a sense of mobility that they might not feel day today - it would be the most wonderful experience. The emotional benefits of that sense of freedom and pure relaxation are something many of our clients don’t ever get the opportunity to experience.
They’ve been asking for this for a very long time, and it will mean so much to so many."
The quote for building the hydrotherapy suite part came in at £20,000. As we've just turned 20, we thought it was quite a coincidence, so maybe we can do something with it?
So we've ran with the 20 theme, and we're asking for your help! If you can collect your 20 pences for the next 20 weeks, it'll help us kick start our new development and begin offering services we've been asked about for the last 20 years!