Whenever ‘Annie’ used the pool at her special school in Bromley, she was very nervous. She was afraid of the water and would get highly anxious and stressed.
Last year Liquid Vibrations came to her school, installed underwater speakers, and trained the teachers and assistants in their musical hydrotherapy sessions. When Annie tried it, she relaxed so deeply she fell asleep, safely floating on the water, resting in the arms of her teacher. She was brought to the side of the pool where she continued to sleep, sitting on a ledge in the warm relaxing water, her teacher still supporting. When the session was over and it was time to gently wake her up, the expression on her face was utter joy. She flung her arms around her teacher and embraced her in a deep and lasting hug. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house.
Liquid Vibrations is a small disability-led charity who are the only UK specialists in Musical Hydrotherapy, a unique combination of underwater sound and aquatic bodywork specifically designed for disabled children. They applied to the Assura Community Fund (managed by us at CCF) for a £3000 grant to work with Marjorie McClure School, delivering their bespoke training to the teachers and installing speakers in the pool. The pupils with Profound Multiple Learning Difficulties experience the opportunity to engage with music and relaxation, boosting their mental and physical wellbeing.
The Assura Community Fund is a national scheme, where organisations within a 15-mile radius of one of the Assura buildings (primary care hubs) can apply for a grant to support health/wellbeing projects. The fund has so far made over £1.3 million of grants and applications are open for until the end of October, for projects in Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre. By March 2026, Assura hope to have made a difference to the health of over a million people living in the communities around their buildings. We are proud to assist them in reaching this goal.