Newcastle Trampoline Park and Gym have added two Autism Friendly sessions to its programme, giving even more local people the opportunity to get bouncing. Staff at the centre, managed by GLL the UK’s largest leisure social enterprise, have been working in partnership with SPARCS Autism Support Group to bring weekly autism friendly sessions to their Better Extreme Trampoline Park, located on West Road, Newcastle.
Better Extreme staff have been undergone training so they are fully briefed on working with children and adults with autism and can offer the right support and environment for children, teenagers and adults on the autistic spectrum.
The weekly sessions run on Thursday afternoons from 4.00-5.00 pm and on Saturday afternoon from 5.00-6.00 pm. These sessions are music free, quiet sessions. They also limit the numbers so it's not too busy. You will need to give them a ring on 0191 2600 608 to book a place, they can't be booked online.
Louise Holohan from SPARCS Autism Support Group welcomed the sessions. She said “It’s fantastic to have these new autism specific sessions where the whole family can get involved in a fun activity. The centre is adapting their standard look and feel, keeping music low and the trampoline park will be available exclusively for children and adults on the autistic spectrum. We hope to work closely with the centre moving forward to provide further opportunities in the future.”
Geordie Cornish, Service Manager at Newcastle Trampoline Park and Gym said “the park has proved to be really popular so far for general sessions, birthday parties and community groups, but we want to be even more inclusive. Working with local organisations means we can make the right changes to put on accessible sessions which are tailored to the needs of those individuals.”
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