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Foster Children Get Free Swim Access in Halton

Foster Children Get Free Swim Access in Halton
29 January 2015 1630 Views No comments

A pilot scheme offering children free swimming has been expanded in Runcorn and Widnes. Halton Council has expanded the project that offers free swimming sessions for children in care in these areas, reports the Runcorn and Widnes Weekly News.

So far, the council has already given over 200 free swimming memberships to children in Runcorn and Widnes through its partnership with Places for People Leisure. The scheme allows children under the age of 18 who are currently in foster care to benefit from extra exercise access.

Currently, children under the age of 8 in Halton are able to swim for free if they are going to the pool with a paying adult. However, the membership under the pilot scheme allows children and their carers to swim for free if they attend a session during "All Welcome" times at the three swimming pools in Halton.

The membership only allows carers to benefit from free swimming if they are going to the pool with a child. Children with a membership who are aged between 12 and 17 are able to attend the pool without adult supervision.

Councillor Phil Harris, Halton Council's executive member for sport, told the news provider: "Despite the savings the council faces, we will be trialling this scheme to further improve services to young people in care. The health benefits from swimming are well proven and the initial interest is looking very promising."

This scheme will be running until March this year, giving people the chance to swim for free for the next few weeks. All foster carers are eligible for a Halton Leisure Card, which can be issued for free at carers' centres. These cards also entitle people to money off activities and reduced admission when it comes to other services.

The cards can be issued from April 1st and run for a year, expiring on March 31st.