Croydon Therapy Clinic

THE COMMITTE

All good, effective organisations have a strong team of staff. So, as of August 2023, we have a dedicated committee for Croydon Therapy Clinic. The founding members are or have been  CTC clients and so know first hand the benefits of hydrotherapy for physical and mental health (one has been coming for about 15 years!). Their role is to support the smooth running of CTC, to be a voice for the clients, and to lead the organising of events, both fundraising and social. The first event was a bake-off, at which we saw a huge number of clients show off their skills (oh, the cakes were good), and raised £700 for the charity. We’re hoping to beat that at our next event.

If you would like to support CTC or have ideas for events, please contact the committee. All are welcome, you don’t have to be a client!

CTC Committee Members

Pauline Meczes

Alecia Roach

Secretary

Bridget West

Chair

Audrey Saunders

Treasurer

Selma Ergin

Jan Harvey

Maureen Francis

Steve Halfyard

Jane Wragg

(Interim member)

Selina Twuma-Barima

(Interim member)

Information | Letters | Policies | Procedures

All good, effective organisations have a strong team of staff. So, as of August 2023, we have a dedicated committee for Croydon Therapy Clinic. The founding members are or have been  CTC clients and so know first hand the benefits of hydrotherapy for physical and mental health (one has been coming for about 15 years!). Their role is to support the smooth running of CTC, to be a voice for the clients, and to lead the organising of events, both fundraising and social. The first event was a bake-off, at which we saw a huge number of clients show off their skills (oh, the cakes were good), and raised £700 for the charity. We’re hoping to beat that at our next event.

If you would like to support CTC or have ideas for events, please contact the committee. All are welcome, you don’t have to be a client!

Dear Aquafit Clients,

Thank you again for your wonderful support of CTC’s first fundraising event for our charity Continuing Community Care. As most of you know, we raised £657, which has been generously rounded up to £700. This is an amazing achievement and we look forward to future events. Please do offer your ideas and help.

Please could I ask for your support in helping the evening AF sessions to run smoothly. Every client pays for a 30-minute session at a set time on a set day (e.g., Monday 7pm-7.30pm). Recently, people have been allowed to get in early, or late, and some clients are staying in the pool for longer than their 30 minutes. This is making it difficult for us to check that all clients are in the pool at the correct time, and can result in some people not getting their full time.

From Monday 2nd October, please arrive about 5 mins before your session time, so that you can change and then enter the pool at your allocated time. If you wish to shower before getting in, remember that this is a quick rinse-off, just as if you were using a public swimming pool.

If you are late, for whatever reason, e.g., work, traffic, please check with Paul or a member of staff before entering the pool. Staff will be checking that everyone gets out at the end of their session time

If you have a shower, before getting dressed, please make this quick, just a few minutes. There are up to 8 of you in each group, previously clients have had to wait 20 minutes or so for the shower which is unacceptable. Please also remember, for health and hygiene reasons, that costumes must not be removed while you are in the shower.

We know that often people do not attend, for various reasons, and so the pool can be emptier for some sessions. This means that clients in that session can enjoy the extra space and tranquillity of the water.

Please talk to Paul if you need to change your regular session time or day.

Thank you again for your support.

Best wishes, CTC Committee

Christmas fundraiser held for new hydrotherapy centre in Croydon

A Christmas fundraiser was held on Saturday December 9 to raise money for a new hydrotherapy rehabilitation centre in South London.

The fundraiser, held by Croydon Therapy Clinic on behalf of hydrotherapy charity Continuing Community Care, had 70 attendees and raised £1400 through donations and a raffle.

The money raised will be put towards a new hydrotherapy and physiotherapy rehabilitation centre in Croydon to help people living with long-term conditions and chronic illnesses.

Paul Carr, director of Croydon Therapy Clinic said: “It was a really great evening, enjoyed by everybody and we raised a great amount.”

Carr hopes that the new rehabilitation centre will be up and running by 2025, but the charity is still looking for funding and location.

Continuing Community Care is hoping to raise the money needed through fundraisers like the one held last week, and a National Lottery grant, for which it has made an application.

The charity is also looking at both independent property developers, and the Croydon Council asset disposal list for plots.

Croydon Therapy Clinic was set up by Carr in 2003 to provide treatment for the community, beyond the services provided by the NHS.

Hydrotherapy is a type of physiotherapy where exercises take place in a specially-built pool at a temperature between 35.5 and 37 degrees Celsius.

The water’s buoyancy relieves pressure on joints as it supports body weight, and the temperature causes muscles to relax making exercise easier.

WATER RELIEF: The hydrotherapy pool that Croydon Therapy Clinic currently rent out for 40 hours a month

The NHS offers six weeks of treatment of hydrotherapy and physiotherapy for people post operation or injury.

However, Carr noted that many of his clients that required hydrotherapy services needed it for longer periods of time.

His longest client has been coming to him for weekly hydrotherapy for 19 years.

Croydon Therapy Clinic provides longer-term services for people with lasting conditions or chronic illnesses.

Whilst the clinic has been active since 2003, the Continuing Community Care charity was formed in July of this year, with the goal of developing a health facility, complete with a hydrotherapy pool in Croydon.

Research from Croydon Health Services indicates that 23% of residents living in the borough suffer from two or more long term conditions.

Carr believes that developing this new hydrotherapy centre would serve the community.

He said: “Most of my clients believe that if they were not coming every week to hydrotherapy, they would be back in hospital due to their conditions.

“My goal with the new rehabilitation centre is to keep them off the NHS waiting lists, keep them out of hospital, and give people their independence.”

Continuing Community Care will have further fundraising events next year, including a quiz night and craft fair.

Donations towards the new rehabilitation centre can be made here.

All images credited to Paul Carr.

PRESS RELEASE

RELEASE DATE: 15 December, 2023

“Christmas begins with feast, friends, food and music”

Last Saturday we hosted a Christmas party, with amazing food and a series of Christmas raffles,

with each prize hamper bigger than the last. Christmas begins with feast, friend’s food and

music”, said one guest. Our feast was catered by gifted Chef Selina Twum-Barima, with a menu

ranging from Ginger, Smoked Paprika and Honey chicken to Spiced Fruit Salad with Sponge

Cake and Vanilla Cream. The food was beyond delicious. The Christmas raffles were

accompanied by prized hampers. Each consisted of numerous donated items, sweet treats,

teddy bears, body products and so much more. They were overflowed with people’s love and

generosity for their community, for people they did know, and those they were yet to meet.

This Christmas party was led and organised by a collection of men and women who have

personally benefited from hydrotherapy and want to continue their treatment in the future.

They are residents of the South London community, have invested time and effort in helping

CCC achieve its dream. The traction for our project is reflected in their dedication and support,

and their Executive Director, Paul Carr.

The charity, CCC was developed to bring a much-needed health facility in South

London. Having applied for financial aid from the National Lottery Fund, the team is

currently focusing on land inquiries around Croydon.

Presented By: Libi Sears

CONTACT CCC 07950 176113

[email protected]

www.continuingcommunitycare.org

 CROYDON THERAPY CLINIC

Bramley Hill Centre, 27 Bramley Hill, South Croydon, CR2 6LX

Telephone: 07950176113

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.croydontherapyclinic.com

Definition:     

Aqua-Robics is the performance of fitness exercises in shallow water such as in a hydrotherapy pool.

Organisation: 

  • A course of Aqua-Robics consists of 4-5 weekly classes
  • Aqua-Robics is held on Thursday evenings between 6pm and 8pm in the hydrotherapy poolat the Bramley Hill Centre South Croydon.
  • A course of 4 weeks costs £44, £11.00 per class, a 5 week month £55
  • Refunds cannot be made for non-attendance of sessions.
  • Each session will be supervised and instructed by 2 members of staff
  • A maximum of 8 clients are permitted in the pool per 45-minute class

Suitability for Aqua-Robics:

Anyone wishing to do fitness exercises in a hydrotherapy pool environment.

Clients wishing to participate in instructed exercise classes by means of a warm hydrotherapy pool.

Client wishing to improve their fitness levels

All participants must be in good health when using the pool. If any of the staff or clients have had an incident of sickness or diarrhea within 14 days prior to their session, they are not permitted to use in the pool.

PROCEEDURE:

Problems, organisational difficulties or complaints should be reported to CTC Committee

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Clients must be mobile and able to enter and exit the pool safely via the stairs.

Clients requiring crutches/walking sticks must leave them in the box provided at the entrance to the pool and use the walking frames provided in the pool area.

All clients must wait for the CTC staff running the session to arrive before entering the pool.

Clients suffering from skin lesions and wounds must have the area checked by the CTC staff present and covered with appropriate waterproof agent where necessary prior to entering the pool.

Clients must shower before and after each pool session.

Clients that have sustained injury since starting a course of Aqua-Robics must report any injuries or impediments to exercise to the session staff prior to start of the session. The staff on duty must decide whether the client is then safe and fit to commence exercise.

Once you have secured a place, you will need to bring a swimming costume, a towel and a drink should you require one.

Please arrive 5-10 minutes prior to your session to enable time to change.

Sessions are 45 minutes and will start and finish as pre-arranged.

Long periods of non-contact will result in your place being offered to someone else. Should you be unable to attend on an evening for which you have made a booking, we are very sorry but payment cannot be transferred or refunded, however, your place will be secure.

CTC Committee

CROYDON THERAPY CLINIC

Bramley Hill Centre, 27 Bramley Hill, South Croydon, CR2 6LX

Telephone: 07950176113

Email: [email protected] or [email protected]

Website: www.croydontherapyclinic.com

Definition: Aqua-fit is a means whereby people can access a hydrotherapy pool environment to continue with exercise under group supervision.

Organisation: 

  • Aqua-fit is held on Monday & Tuesday evenings from 6.00 to 8.00 pm in the hydrotherapy pool, at Bramley Hill Centre, Bramley Hill, South Croydon.
  • The cost is £10.50 per half hour session, payable monthly.
  • Refunds cannot be made for non-attendance of sessions.
  • Each session will be supervised by 2 members of staff
  • A maximum of 8 clients per ½ hours slot are permitted in the pool.

Suitability for Aqua-fit:

Anyone wishing to do exercises in a warm hydrotherapy pool environment independently.

This includes:

Clients that have prior knowledge of appropriate exercises to do in a hydrotherapy pool setting.

If this is not the case:

All new clients must complete a consultation/assessment session of 45 minutes to establish their exercise programme prior to the Aqua-fit course. Assessment cost £50 (cash only payment)

New clients will need to bring swimwear as you will be entering the pool on your assessment day

 

All participants must be in good health when using the pool. If any of the staff or clients have had an incident of sickness or diarrhea within 14 days prior to their session, they are not permitted to use in the pool.

  

PROCEEDURE:

Problems, organisational difficulties or complaints should be reported to CTC Committee

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Clients must be mobile and able to enter and exit the pool safely either by the stairs or by a chair hoist.

Clients requiring crutches/walking sticks must leave them at the entrance door, the same applies to wheelchairs, mobility scooters and walking frames.

All clients must wait for the CTC staff running the session to arrive before entering the pool.

Clients suffering from skin lesions and wounds must have the area checked by the CTC staff present and covered with appropriate waterproof agent where necessary prior to entering the pool.

Clients must have a quick rinse in the shower before and after each pool session.

Clients that have sustained injury since starting the course of Aqua-fit must report any injuries or impediments to exercise to the session staff prior to the start of their session. The staff on duty must decide whether the client is then safe and fit to commence exercise.

Once you have secured a place, you will need to bring a swimming costume, a towel and a drink should you require one.

Please arrive 5-10 minutes prior to your session to enable time to change.

Sessions are 30 minutes and will start and finish as pre-arranged.

Long periods of non-contact will result in your place being offered to someone else. Should you be unable to attend on an evening for which you have made a booking, we are very sorry but payment cannot be transferred or refunded.

CTC Committee

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