Special needs school's urgent appeal for swim helpers

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A school for children with severe learning difficulties "desperately needs volunteers" to help pupils during swimming sessions.

Greenside School in Stevenage is a special needs school for children aged two to 19 who have complex, severe and profound learning difficulties.

Swimming is popular with pupils and most require 1:1 assistance, but the number of volunteer helpers has dropped dramatically since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

Pool manager Michael Levy said: "The school desperately needs regular volunteers to help with our children in its hydrotherapy pool. We had 25 volunteers weekly before COVID-19 and now just have 13. We need to build this up again.

"This is an incredibly rewarding opportunity, watching their progress, enjoyment, smiles and laughter."

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Full training is provided.

If you are interested and can commit to a regular session once a week, email michael.levy@greenside.herts.sch.uk.

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