pool therapy

Hydrotherapy Pool

The Windmill Hydrotherapy Pool in Fulbourn, Cambridge is specifically dedicated to people with learning disabilities and physical support needs. Sessions have been devised to enable people with physical and learning disabilities to exercise, swim and have fun in the comfort of a warm and friendly pool. The hydrotherapy pool is designed with physical aids to allow easy access into the water.

The sessions available include

The Cambridge Disabled Kids Swimming Club runs a session on a Saturday morning. The session is aimed at kids of any age from birth to 19 with any disability. It is the opportunity for them to enjoy swimming in an environment of tolerance and understanding. The sessions are run by a qualified instructor and a number of volunteers are there to help. To find out more please click here
Individual and group sessions designed to meet our visitors’ specific needs

Private hire for birthday parties and other fun events

Pool parties

Windmill Pool Party

The Windmill pool is available for private hire for pool parties and costs £99.

Pool parties are for up to 16 swimmers with inflatables, toys, music and lights.

Each session’s hire includes the use of the adjacent school hall. The pool session is for 45 minutes with an additional 60 minutes in the hall.

Any swimmers under 8 years old or any non-competent swimmers are to be accompanied in the water by an adult over 18 years old in a ratio of 2 children to 1 adult. The accompanying adults count towards the total number (16) of swimmers allowed.

Use of the school hall is included and this will be set up with the relevant number of tables and chairs for the party. Adequate space is left for any party games that the group may wish to play however all party games and food are not included and are to be provided by the hirer.

Pool facilities

The pool is 10 metres by 5 metres with a constant depth of 1.2 metres and the water is kept at a recommended hydrotherapy temperature
We have large changing areas with changing/shower beds available

Our pool is equipped with a remote hoisting system and a manual hoist. The remote tracking system extends from the changing areas to the pool. It allows us to transfer a person from their wheelchair onto the shower bed and then into the pool with ease. The manual hoist allows us to ease those visitors into the pool who find walking or climbing stairs difficult

All sessions are supervised by fully qualified life guards

Our sound and lighting system is available on request

The pool is easily accessible by wheelchair and we provide parking on site

volunteers group

A little of your time could make a big difference to someone’s life

Our volunteers help and support people with learning disabilities in many different ways, contributing their skills, experiences, energy and enthusiasm. We carefully match their individual strengths and interests to the needs of the people we help.

We help children, young people and adults with learning disabilities, along with their parents and carers, in many different ways:

Children’s and Adult services – everything from theatre and music workshops to a toddler and baby group for children with Down’s syndrome alongside an adults gardening therapy group

Family support – extra help and relief for parents and carers, including specialist support for families with a child with autism spectrum disorder or Down’s syndrome

Befriending scheme – the opportunity for young people and adults to do new things and meet new friends

Theatre and arts groups – especially structured for children and young people or adults who want to do something creative

Training and employment services – including a catering course, work experience and volunteering opportunities

Hydrotherapy – scheduled classes and private sessions for people of all ages in our fully equipped pool

Our community-based activities help people with learning disabilities to do the things they enjoy, make new friends and learn new skills. More

theatrical

Troublemakers is a performing arts group for teenagers with learning disabilities in the Cambridgeshire area.

Troublemakers students participate in all three performing arts disciplines: drama, dance and singing – with the aim of building confidence, developing communication skills and improving self-expression.

Each term our experienced tutors guide students on a fun-packed journey through various musical genres, styles and techniques. The key elements of a Troublemakers session are creativity and imagination, with staff promoting high self-esteem and independence by encouraging students to contribute ideas and take ownership of the group.

Sessions run for ten weeks during term time on Wednesdays between 5-7pm.

Troublemakers sessions may be eligible for funding using short break provision.

To book a free taster session or to find out more about Troublemakers

volunteering team

Befriending scheme

Our befriending scheme for young people with learning disabilities provides the friendship and support they need to participate in activities or hobbies of their choice at home or out in the community.

How the scheme works

A carefully matched volunteer visits the young person regularly and spends time with them. Typically, volunteers help their friends to do things outside their home – a trip to the cinema or a bowling alley for example. They also help them with any specific hobbies they have, and may accompany them during organised activities such as going to the gym.

We ask families using this service to consider making a regular donation to help support the scheme.

I always have a happy time with my friend

How the scheme helps

The scheme helps young people with learning disabilities by:

Encouraging them to make friends and spend time with people of their own age

Helping them to get out and enjoy themselves

Building their independence, confidence and self-esteem

Giving them a break from their parents or carers

Befriending Scheme Questionnaire November 2016 Results

In November 2016, Eddie’s carried out research to see what parents and young people REALLY thought of our Befriending Scheme. Here are the results for young people and for parents/carers. All of the results are in percentages and any names have been anonymised.

Befriending works

For those 15 and above who want to come and socialise in a fun, relaxed environment. Held on the first and third Saturday of every month at Eddie’s, Lancaster House, Capper Road, Waterbeach, CB25 9LY, between 10am and 12pm, the drop-in group offers a place for people with learning disabilities and/or autism to meet, make new friends and have fun taking part in games, craft, music and drama activities. Why not come a long for a FREE taster session? Every session is different and most recently we played Boccia and new age kurling, and we also all took part in our very own ‘Bake Off’ competition.

Catering & hospitality

Is this course for you?

Huntingdonshire Regional College work in partnership with St. John’s College Cambridge and Eddies to deliver an off- site study programme for those learners who are interested in a career in Catering and Hospitality. The programme is delivered in the Catering and Conference Department of St Johns College in Cambridge. Learners will have practical experience of working in the kitchen, plate wash, Buttery (cafeteria) and the Combination Room (formal Fellows dining room).

What you will study?

Learners will work towards a Gateway Certificate in Skills for hospitality and catering building on the intro to catering programme. The topics to be covered are Introduction to the Hospitality industry, Customer Service, Basic Cooking, Basic food prep, serving food and drink, using numeracy skills at work and conduct at work. Maths and English are embedded within work skills and functional maths and English will be delivered in a classroom setting. Foundation food hygiene. On a Monday the learners have a cooking session at an off- site kitchen: they shop, prepare, cook and serve a two course meal in which they eat for their lunch. Learners have an opportunity to take part in work experience.

What the course covers?

The course covers a range of basic catering and hospitality skills, providing those who take part with:

· A good foundation in the catering and hospitality industry

· The chance to develop numeracy, literacy and social skills

· The chance to build their confidence, independence and self-esteem

· A fun, busy and varied learning environment