We wish to build a unique, state of the art, climbing wall with special facilities and equipment to enable all our young people, including those with severe physical disabilities, to share the exhilaration and sense of achievement of rock climbing, since they are unable because of their special needs and health and safety restraints to experience climbing at natural outdoor sites.
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The young people who are the focus of this project are disabled or have special needs and wish to enjoy the same activities as normal young people. Facilities for such young people are limited. They require a level of safety equipment and supervision which is not readily available in mainstream schools, youth clubs and leisure centres. Wheelchair users are particularly disadvantaged by this non availability leading to exclusion, or to activities which are confined to disabled young people only. Whilst wheelchair users currently enjoy many of our activities thanks to our specialist staff and equipment, the one area they are unable to access, except just to watch, is rock climbing. This project is designed to change their spectator status into full involvement, encouraging a ‚Äòcan do‚Äô attitude in the disabled, challenging stereotypes and promoting tolerance and respect in our able bodied young people. It will provide a unique flagship facility to demonstrate that being disabled does not mean not taking part. We have planning permission in place and detailed costings which include the basic structure, specialised access, overhead rail systems, lifts, toilets viewing areas and equipment storage. We also have quotes for renewable energy installations and lighting. The current costs are quoted as just under ¬£350,000
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