YMCA Cambridgeshire & Peterborough has been running Health and Fitness services since 1992. We first began operating from Queen Anne House in Cambridge and later opened a gym in Gladstone Community Centre in Peterborough in 2007and moving to the Cresset Centre in Peterborough in 2009.
It is our aim to create vibrant community gyms which cater for everyone, including those with disabilities.
Our work with disabled users has also grown and allowed us to develop exciting partnerships with wider local specialists. Our groups include; Peterborough Regional College (students with learning disabilities), Papworth Trust, Little Miracles, DIAL, Kingfisher House, Peterborough Prison, Heltwate School, Aspire, Headway and Special Olympics, Winter Comfort, and Red Balloon
We work with local physiotherapists who refer clients to our gyms who have conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis, Cardio Vascular disease, Stroke survivors, amputees etc. Lately we have been supporting people with weight issues and/or health concerns and those with unseen disability such as epilepsy, depression and stress. We work closely with schools and specialist agencies to include children as young as 8 in out gyms and gym sessions who may need to overcome disabilities, lifelong conditions or weight issues.
30% of our users have disabilities or life long conditions, and make up 75% of users on a daily basis. With the exception of the NHS, we are the only providers who currently offer gyms which are equipped to support this special population.
Our gyms operate using a successful volunteer model…
During 2014-15 volunteers provided 3,120 hours to both of our gyms by either assisting on the gym floor or working one-to-one with clients.
43 clients were provided with specialist one-to-one support with the help of trained volunteers over weekly sessions.
On average volunteers provided the gym with 8.5 free hours per day which is an amazing help and manages us to work with the amount of people that we do.
Volunteers donated the equivalent of £29,473 in time to help support clients lead healthier lives.