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Seahorse Swimming Club is a volunteer-led group, providing a safe and pleasant environment for people with disabilities from various backgrounds and of all ages.
Several hundred volunteers have been involved with Seahorse since its formation and at present the Club has up to 25 volunteers aged 13 - 75 years. The volunteers' roles vary from assisting and encouraging swimmers in the pool, ensuring the safety of the swimmers from the poolside and helping behind the scenes, which involves organising galas, social and fundraising events and carrying out the Club's management duties.
Many of the current volunteers have been involved for 5 - 20 years and valuable experience has been gained by many young volunteers. Some younger volunteers have been recognised with the Duke of Edinburgh Award for their services at Seahorse while others, who have been students from the MMU Campus in Crewe, have developed skills to assist them with their studies. Some of the young volunteers have progressed to take up careers in the health and care industry.
Volunteering at Seahorse offers personal satisfaction, knowing that your time and effort is helping people with disabilities, while boosting your own development and confidence at the same time. Volunteers are given opportunities to attend Halliwick AST and local authority courses and workshops. They are also offered days out and are made welcome at the Club's social and fundraising events.
The Club's aims are to assist swimmers to move through the water by whatever technique best suits the individual, using no artificial aids. Although volunteers are expected to be competent swimmers with an ability to interact with people, a commitment to the Club's aims is more important than being a great swimmer.
The swimmers are encouraged to develop skills and confidence, to allow them to swim freely in the water. They enjoy the fun and the social aspect of the Club and are also given opportunities to compete in swimming galas. These benefits are all made possible by the dedication and hard work of the volunteers at the Club.
Volunteers are required to undergo a DBS check, the cost of which is met by the Club.
Picture above - Barbara Warrington, one of Seahorse's founder members who visited the Club at the Lifestyle Centre with her husband Dave, at the launch of a new book to celebrate Seahorse's Diamond Anniversary in 2016 - A Seahorse Tale compiled by Club Secretary Gareth Roberts, which gives a brief history of Seahorse and details some of the Club's achievements. Also in the picture is the Mayor of Crewe Town Council, Councillor Dennis Straine-Francis and Gareth Roberts.
Barbara, an honorary member at Seahorse, volunteered for almost 48 years. A fantastic achievement.
A Seahorse Tale - The Club are grateful to local historian Mark Potts for publishing the book, which is available for purchase at the Lifestyle Centre.
Volunteers at Crewe's Flag Lane Pool 2015
A BIG THANK YOU TO SEAHORSE'S VOLUNTEERS
Seahorse Swimming Club appreciates the fantastic work by its volunteers who assist the swimmers to improve their skills in the water and have an enjoyable time. And not forgetting those volunteers who work hard in their roles behind the scenes. MANY THANKS TO YOU ALL.