Carn Brea Leisure Centre last week announced major improvements to its swimming pool disabled changing room and the installation of Poolpod, a state of the art platform lift that transfers users from poolside into the water with comfort and dignity.

This will be a massive improvement on the existing facilities and enable many new users the opportunity to access the swimming pools with greater comfort and dignity.

The Trust has raised over £40k in funding from various national grant funding bodies with a £6,509 contribution coming via Keep it in Cornwall for Kids, a local charity who fundraise for the benefit of children in the local community and also a contribution from Redruth Charity Trust who support local clubs, societies and groups in the TR15/TR16 area. JDS, a local building contractor and also one of the Centre’s Community Sponsors will be carrying out the improvements.

Alex Clifton, The Trust’s Chief Executive Officer said “We’re delighted to reach the point where we can improve accessibility to our swimming pools for members of the local community who have a disability or are affected by mobility issues. It has taken us longer than we would have liked to carry out the upgrade and we can’t wait for our community to be able to benefit in January when everything is complete.

The works are being carried out between 25 November – 2 January and during this time the existing disable changing room will not be available unfortunately. However, the Centre will be making arrangements for its standard large changing cubicles to be available during this time as an alternative,

Mr Clifton added, please bear with us during this time, we appreciate the disruption isn’t ideal but we’re confident the improvements will be well worth the wait.

Further details on what can be expected can be found on the Changing Places website, and the website for Pool Pods. Plus we borrowed these pictures from the Carn Brea Facebook announcement…

Pool Pod accessible hoist for swimming pools Changing Places accessible changing room, with full size changing table, hoist, hand rails, and a screen