The Trust aims to assist those with disability, whether permanent or temporary following accident or illness, in improving their quality of life, general fitness and sense of well-being and self-esteem by means of opportunities for physical, mental and social rehabilitation in an environment providing healthy lifestyle opportunities and advice both to them and to the general public.
We intend the facility to stand apart from traditional hospital physiotherapy units, encouraging a less 'hospital-orientated' atmosphere to late-stage rehabilitation but also differing from conventional health and fitness clubs, occupying a middle ground and taking the best features from both.
All parts of the building and all activities must be accessible without the need for 'special provision' for those with physical disability. We further consider it essential that the facility will also be open to the general public and be available to all in order to mix and integrate the user-groups.
The project conforms closely to the type of initiative initially encouraged by the Welsh Assembly Government and highlighted by their Chief Medical Officer in "Improving Health in Wales" and subsequently a cornerstone of the recommendations of the Wanless Reports.
The Trust is a registered company limited by guarantee (no. 04328884) and a registered charity (no. 1090939)
Stage I of a Feasibility Study confirms the Trustees' impression that there is both a need and an opportunity to proceed with the project.
Stage II looks at option appraisals and a business case. It is anticipated that a broad range of interested organizations, including those responsible for health care, local government and the voluntary sector, would seek partnership in its operation.
The firm initial intention is for a world-class facility serving the local population of the South West Wales with potential to offer wider opportunities for both the disabled and the able-bodied to beyond the immediate region and the development of research and teaching opportunities with the clinical medical school in Swansea.