The Swindon Therapy Centre has been running for over 35 years, providing support, hope and quality of life to our 500 plus members. We provide a whole range of different services to address the physical and emotional needs of people living with a long term neurological condition. We provide everything under one roof – a gym, neuro nurses, oxygen therapy, even a beautician! A warm, welcoming space Our main aim is to provide a safe space to meet other people in a similar situation. It is well documented that those with long term conditions can feel socially isolated, especially as the illness progresses. We are open 6 days a week, offering lunches, bingo, outings and a place to have a brew and a chat. It makes all the difference to our members: 'We stay for lunch club and talk to other people, listen to their stories, their families, friends, holidays. We just socialise with who's there...we have banter, we have a laugh. It's a lovely place to go to.' Maintaining mobility We also address the physical needs of our members, offering a wide range of exercise classes, a physio assisted gym, access to our no-gravity treadmill and several therapies including massage. The impact of keeping active on the management of symptoms is a big draw for many of our members. 'Before I was diagnosed I was reasonably fit and I used to love going to the gym but I had to stop when I was diagnosed with MS. But now it's great, I can go to the gym. It was an ache that I thought I'd never feel again...that nice kind of ache after a training session.' Respite and advice for carers Finally, we understand that the diagnosis of a long-term condition doesn’t just affect the person but everyone around him. Most of our carers are loathe to refer to themselves as carers at all. They are spouses, parents, children or friends. We recognise the impact of 24 hour caring and seek to support them with access to a representative from Swindon Carers’ Centre who gives advice on practical considerations like benefits. We have also employed a support worker who is able to take over caring duties for the time that a member is at the Centre, giving their family member a much-needed break. 'The fact that he's happier and that he's kept his mobility and that he's using the facilities to try and maintain his muscle strength. That all obviously has an impact on me, because the fitter he can keep, the more he can do for himself for longer, which obviously has quite a significant impact on me.[Without the Centre] I know my husband's condition would deteriorate therefore things at home would deteriorate. Help us to build a new roof! As you can see, the Centre is a lifeline for so many people and understandably we need to keep it open for as long as possible. Over the past couple of years, we've had real problems with the roof with constant leaks in the winter. This has caused us to shut the gym on occasion as we simply cannot keep it open if there are slip hazards. The gym is a very important part of our centre as it is where our physio assisted sessions take place and these play an important part in maintaining our members' mobility and independence. If the leaks become particularly bad - and they have been getting worse year on year - we will be forced to close the gym with increasing frequency. We desperately need to fix the roof once and for all. It is our aim to install a solar panelled roof so that we are able to keep the maintenance costs sustainable and provide an environmentally friendly solution. Please donate what you can to provide a roof for our Centre which means so much to so many people.