Levelling Up Health and Wellbeing

The PoolPod

Accessible pool lift at Basildon Sporting Village

The project consisted of purchasing a PoolPod for the Basildon Sporting Village (BSV), to enable residents with a disability or mobility issue to access the swimming pool with ease.

A pool pod is a lift which is fitted to the side of the pool to allow individuals living with dementia, long term physical, sensory, intellectual, and mental health conditions to now access swimming on an equal basis to their peers.

Since its installation at the end of January 2023, the PoolPod offers an alternative method to enter the pool, consisting of hoists for individuals with reduced mobility, reducing the amount of support required from carers, helping increase independence.

LDP Whos it for
Who's it for?
Customers of Basildon Sporting Village with disabilities
LDP Prime
Prime Objective:
to help disabled individuals with easy access into the swimming pool
LDP Second
Second Objective:
families to use the equipment and introduce babies and children to the water

Sport for Confidence are long-standing partners of Basildon Sporting Village, requested the PoolPod to help their participants access the pool. The Essex Local Delivery Pilot funded the project, to provide independent and comfortable access to the pool, helping more people with limited mobility to swim.

The PoolPod has helped continue to develop a community within Basildon Sporting Village by providing an appropriate environment which health and social care professionals can access and deliver therapeutic interventions for individuals through physical activity and sport.

uses of the Pod for therapeutic sessions from Jan-Mar 2023
individuals have used the Pod for therapeutic sessions
views of the PoolPod announcement article
I'm particularly impressed that users can operate the PoolPod themselves in order to access the pool independently. It's a great example of how a small change can open the benefits of physical activity for all.
Nina Head, Basildon Local Delivery Pilot Coordinator