I am a retired physiotherapist and have been a volunteer helper at Tadpoles for nine years.
I thoroughly enjoy the time at Kings Centre on Thursday evenings. I work in the water but concentrate on helping people with exercises and leave the swimming to other helpers. The club is extremely friendly and often can be enjoyably noisy and exuberant. I try to attend fairly regularly but one is not obliged to as the emphasis is on it being a club and not a duty. Quite a few younger people help as volunteers as part of their “Duke of Edinburgh Badge” The club is run by some very lovely people.
I have looked after 2 young men for a large number of years. Both of them have severe learning difficulties and it has been a challenge to find somewhere safe where they can go and have fun (especially the younger one). Tadpoles has been so great for both of them. A safe place where they are totally accepted and valued. We really value the volunteers that make this possible.
My daughter Sophie has been attending Tadpoles from a young age. The Club has made a great impact on her life, helping with her mobility and social skills. She loves the water and thoroughly enjoys swimming every Thursday. The lovely helpers are always there to guide and assist and always manage to put a smile on everyone's face. The Club provides a safe environment for people with a variety of disabilities and we all appreciate everything they do.