Council Leisure Facilities to Introduce Improved Access For People With Disabilities

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An app that helps residents with extra support needs to stay active is now available across Wigan Council’s leisure facilities.

Be Well Wigan Borough has this week started using the WelcoME technology which allows users to notify venues prior to their arrival if any specific assistance is required.

The app also provides training and guidance for staff, helping teams to provide personalised service for those who may require it.

Councillor Jim Moodie, lead cabinet member for leisure and public health, said: “This technology can reduce anxiety and help build confidence for both the visitor and staff members.

“We’re proud to become a member of the WelcoME community and hope it offers opportunities for more of our residents to get active, as outlined in our Deal 2030 plans.

“Introducing technology like this will give more people the confidence to come to our facilities knowing their needs are being met.”

The app will be available at all Be Well Leisure Centres from Tuesday, March 1 and accessible through the BeWell Wigan app.

Be Well Wigan offers seven gyms and five pools for residents across Wigan Borough with several membership packages available including junior and family memberships. 

Wellbeing activities as also held in Leisure Centres and community settings across the borough including free weight management programmes, supported services and specialist classes for children and young people, older adults and those living with long term health conditions.