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LC Swansea Presented With An ‘Award for Smiles’ By Disabled Youth Group

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The LC Swansea has been given a coveted award for their welcoming attitude to people with disabilities.

The Enabled Swansea awards sees young disabled people in the city vote for their favourite places to go, based upon their own experiences, with the LC being highlighted as the Best Service in Swansea for Disabled Users.

LC front of house staff member Kat Watkins and LC lifeguard Jodie Johnson accepted the certificate on behalf of the LC Swansea during an event at Tapastri Café.

lcenabledPip Dimmock, Project Co-ordinator of The Enabled Project, managed by Interplay (Integrated Play and Leisure), said these awards were unique in that they are all about how people are made to feel rather than just whether they are catered for with specialist equipment or building modifications.

“The Enabled Swansea awards are unusual in that, in a way, we are asking people with disabilities to judge outlets and venues on the number of smiles they are met with and how comfortable they are made to feel.

“Catering for the people with disabilities isn’t just about providing special equipment.

“Many of the people we support at the Enabled Project are high functioning autistic people and they might have behavioural traits which some people are uncomfortable being around.

“So it is very important to them to find places where they feel accepted and comfortable.

“To help them judge venues we ask them where they would recommend a friend to go to if they were visiting.”

LC General Manager Nic Beggs said:

“All awards have value but an award like this one is worth its weight in gold.

“We do all we can to look after all of our visitors, including those with disabilities, but it is lovely to hear that they have given us their seal of approval for the welcoming attitude and the warm personal approach of our staff members.

“The LC has always been a venue for all abilities and the classes we offer for those with disabilities are particularly popular, as is the Waterpark –   our lifeguards are always on hand to help people with disabilities use the pools safely.

“In fact, one of the regulars to our boccia sessions, David Smith, has just come home from the Rio Paralympics with a gold medal and he was quick to visit us at the LC to show it off last week, which was great.”

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