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We are fundraising for a dance, yoga and fitness studio for people with learning disabilities, to be built at the Centre. Planning permission has already been granted and we now need to raise a total of £187,000 to make this dream a reality!

The new Dance and Fitness Studio will go on the land next to the wood workshop.

Why do we need a Dance and Fitness studio?

People with learning disabilities often face additional physical health challenges and may struggle to participate in and benefit from mainstream exercise classes at gyms and community centres.  It is also estimated that the rate of mental health problems amongst people with learning disabilities is double that of the general population. 

What will the studio provide?

This new purpose-built facility will provide a dedicated space to offer a range of classes to over 70 people per week, to help improve both physical and mental wellbeing and reduce social isolation.  Once established, we will work with our customers to explore the potential to expand classes to include drama, art and singing. These activities will also support the development of physical, sensory and cognitive skills; increase confidence; improve concentration and support positive thinking and emotional wellbeing.

The current situation

We are currently delivering fitness classes from our canteen as a short-term solution.  However, classes are gaining in popularity and with the positive feedback and input from our customers, it is becoming increasingly important to establish a dedicated delivery space.

What will the studio look like?

A wooden structure (similar to our existing woodwork workshop), our new studio will be a large open space with a sprung floor to support ease of movement and ensure stress is not put onto people’s joints, with a mirrored wall so people can observe and improve their posture and movements during class.


Ferring Country Centre is committed to creating opportunities for the people we support to lead more independent and fulfilled lives.  The addition of this exciting new facility will provide a vital new resource, ensuring those we support have the opportunity to develop and maintain their health and wellbeing in a safe and supported environment.

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