Following previous links with Autism Bedfordshire, Fusion Lifestyle's Sport and Community Development team have been working to establish an effective partnership to provide activity sessions for children and young people with Autism in Bedfordshire, where they can have fun and enjoy being active in a suitable environment.
The sessions have run so far in November 2017 and February 2018 and were aimed at children aged under 12 years old and their families and enabled them to have exclusive use of the new soft play centre at John Bunyan Sports & Fitness. The sessions attracted over 33 children who were able to use and enjoy the facilities.
Lisa Simpson, Sports and Community Development Manager and Sue Collins the General Manager at John Bunyan Sports & Fitness, said: We're really pleased to be working with Autism Bedfordshire and developing a partnership that provides an accessible and enjoyable activity for children with Autism. We hope to continue this effective partnership and expand this in the future.'
Tom Carter the Development and Projects Officer at Autism Bedfordshire commented 'It can be a real struggle for families who access our services to find activities that are fully autism-friendly, with the opportunity for their children to have fun and enjoy something they like doing. This partnership with Fusion Lifestyle, with access to their new soft play facility at John Bunyan Sports & Fitness, has provided families with access to an activity that might not otherwise have been possible. We know that families who have accessed this service already have greatly benefitted from the experience and we hope this can continue to flourish going forward.