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Dementia friendly swimming


We offer a range of swimming sessions which have been developed to offer a safe and friendly swimming environment for people living with dementia in County Durham.

What is it and how can it help me?

We are working to improve the swimming experience of our community living with dementia in County Durham. If you are living with dementia or care for someone who does, come along and take part in one of our dementia friendly swimming sessions taking place at Freeman's Quay, Chester-le-Street, Spennymoor and Teesdale leisure centres. 

We offer weekly supported swimming sessions which take place during public swimming times. Our aim is to help you have a safe, enjoyable and stress free visit. You'll be welcomed by our specially trained staff who are there to support you if you need it at reception, in the changing area and in the pool.

Where can I join a session? 

Freeman's Quay leisure centre

11:00am - 12.00pm every Monday.

Contact Freeman's Quay Leisure Centre for more information.

Chester-le-Street leisure centre

11:00am - 12pm every Wednesday.

Contact Chester-le-Street Leisure Centre for more information.

Spennymoor leisure centre

2.30pm - 3.30pm every Monday.

Contact Spennymoor Leisure Centre for more information.

Teesdale leisure centre

10:30am - 11:30am every Tuesday. 

Contact Teesdale Leisure Centre for more information.

Woodhouse Close leisure complex

2.30pm - 3.30pm, starting Wednesday 11 January.

Contact Woodhouse Close Leisure Complex for more information.

All sessions cost £2.60 including refreshments and are free to carers supporting someone living with dementia.

A diagnosis of dementia doesn't mean you have to stop taking part in activities you enjoy, so if you like swimming, even if you haven't been for years and are not sure if you can remember how, come along and give it a try. You can either turn up to the session or contact us first if you would like to have a chat about anything beforehand.

More information

If you're unsure about trying the sessions, please read our frequently asked questions leaflet  Icon for pdf Dementia Friendly Swimming FAQs (PDF, 369.5kb)  to help you decide.

You can also find out more about the dementia friendly swimming project by downloading this helpful guide  Icon for pdf Dementia Friendly Swimming Project (PDF, 127.4kb)   or go to the Dementia friendly swimming hub.

Dementia Friendly Swimming Project

We are working with The Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) to develop and deliver the Dementia Friendly Swimming Project at our leisure centres. The aim of this project is to enhance the swimming experience of those living with dementia and their carers by improving facilities and removing barriers.

Contact us
Dementia Friendly Swimming
03000 264 572
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