New quiet gym sessions in Solihull support people with autism - The Solihull Observer

New quiet gym sessions in Solihull support people with autism

Solihull Editorial 23rd Feb, 2024   0

NORTH Solihull Sports Centre has launched a pilot series of quiet gym sessions to support adults living with autism, dementia and other sensory differences.

Taking place every Thursday from 12noon until 2pm, the sessions will have either low or no music playing, creating a calmer setting for exercise.

The centre, which is managed by leading operator Everyone Active in partnership with Solihull Council, created the quiet sessions in recognition of the fact that a standard gym environment may not be inclusive for certain groups in society.

The typical level of noise in a gym can be overwhelming for those with sensory differences or wellbeing needs, which can include people living with autism, dementia, ADHD, anxiety and more.

With little to no music during the new designated weekly slot, it means those individuals can feel more relaxed and comfortable while staying active.

All sessions are open to other users at North Solihull Sports Centre, who may also prefer to exercise in more peaceful surroundings.

Wayne Desmond, contract manager at Everyone Active, said: “It is really important to us that we cater for all corners of the local community, so that everyone feels comfortable and included when visiting our centre.

“That is why we are delighted to launch our quiet sessions, encouraging those who struggle in loud gyms to enjoy exercise in a setting that suits them.”

Coun Wazma Qais, Solihull Council’s cabinet member for communities and leisure, added: “Working with Everyone Active, we’re committed to making places like gyms and leisure centres as welcoming as possible for people with autism and other sensory differences.

“I’m sure these pilot sessions will make a real difference in welcoming people who want or need a quieter gym-going experience.”

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