A gym used by people with disabilities has been given national recognition.

Activate, which is based at the Chaseley care home in Eastbourne, has won the partnership in the area of health and social care category at The Rehab Group Innovation Awards.

The annual awards recognise examples of best practice, improvement or creativity and highlight new and improved services.

Activate, accessible for wheelchair users, is the only gym of its kind in the Eastbourne area.

It operates under the umbrella of the therapy department at Chaseley, which is staffed through a partnership with East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust.

Workouts Equipment includes multi-gyms for full upper body strengthening workouts, a supported cross trainer and cycle machines for upper and lower limb workouts.

Individuals are assessed and receive a full induction programme before a tailor-made package is designed to meet their requirements.

Therapy department lead Rachel Wilson said: “Activate is an exciting new venture and it is great that members of the public, who are wheelchair users or have restricted mobility, now have an opportunity to exercise in a supportive environment.”

Anyone interested in using Activate should contact 01323 744203 or visit www.chaseley.org.uk.

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