West Berkshire Therapy Centre is located half way between Newbury and Thatcham. It is a very specialised gym, equipped with power-assisted exercise equipment, for the benefit of disabled people from the local community.
Our extensive research has shown that this facility will help people who suffer from a wide range of disabling conditions:
- neurological disorders,
- cardiac or lung problems,
- post-operative rehabilitation,
- learning difficulties and many others.
Following assessment from one of our registered physiotherapists, Centre users will be able to receive exercise therapy provided by a range of carefully designed and selected machines, easing stiff or reluctant muscles, giving them more strength and co-ordination, helping also to manage weight, improve circulation, reduce the risks of serious health problems in later years and more feelings of well-being.
We have considerable support from many local voluntary groups and many local clinicians. Our premises are just off Lower Way in Thatcham, so are easy to get to. Everything is on the ground floor, including a disabled loo and a small rest area. There is space for those in wheelchairs to get around and although the equipment is motorised, to provide the exercise therapy, it is quiet and enjoyable to use. Our staff will give a helping hand if needed and carers will be welcome.
We are a not for profit charitable organisation and invite voluntary contributions at the lowest rates compatible with providing an excellent service for as many people as possible. We can also offer slight discounts to those who take out membership. All offers of help will be welcome.
Many disabled people find it difficult to take as much exercise as they want or as is generally recommended.
Our power-assisted equipment provides the opportunity to move every major muscle in the body, with the equipment doing the work, so even very weak muscles can be exercised without effort from you. Not only is this generally good for your overall health, but the stronger you can get, the easier it is likely to be for you to carry out important tasks of daily living in safety and comfort.
In due course we would also like to offer a community hydrotherapy pool. This needs a larger building and we continue to seek offers of help to secure a suitable plot of land. In the meantime our specialised power-assisted equipment may be able to make a big difference to your overall well-being.
We are grateful for the support of:
- West Berkshire Neurological Alliance
- West Berkshire Public Health service
- Berkshire MS Therapy Centre
- The Gerald Palmer Eling Trust
- Englefield Trust
- Berkshire Community Foundation
- The Herongate Fund
- Colefax Charitable Trust
- West Berkshire Council
- Greenham Common Trust
- Shapemaster Global Ltd
- The Albert Hunt Trust
- The Berkshire Masonic Charity
- The AMMCO Trust
- Newbury & District MS Society
- Parkinson’s UK, Newbury & District
- Newbury Town Council
- Reading Fibromyalgia Support Group
- British Polio, Berkshire Branch
- Medicotech Ltd
- Thatcham Town Council
- Royal Berkshire Hospital
- IPRS Group
- Rotary Club of Hungerford
- West Berkshire Disability Alliance
- VGL signs
- Marsh Fuels
- and many others