GoClimb Billingham Forum celebrated one year of success of its monthly ‘Quiet Climb’ sessions on Sunday 15th March 2020. 

One year ago the popular family climbing attraction GoClimb, launched its first autism friendly ‘Quiet Climb’ with a free orientation session. Spaces were allocated to service users from local autism charities and feedback was collected from this session in order to make the climbing sessions more accommodating going forward.

The monthly sessions have now helped many children in the local area with Autism and other specific needs that otherwise would struggle to cope in certain busy environments.

The sessions have allowed climbers to enjoy all the facilities on offer (21 unique climbing walls, leap of faith, spiralling stepping stones and a 22ft drop slide) like in any other GoClimb session however in a quieter, calmer environment. Prior to booking customers are also able to go on a visual journey of GoClimb with a step-by-step guide to their visit. Customers can also take a Google virtual tour on the GoClimb website or visit the centre in person so that they know what to expect during their session.

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GoClimb now welcomes regular visitors to these sessions and are always set to accommodate new ones. One of the sessions was also exclusively booked for a Quiet Climb birthday party and in addition the centre continues to work with local Autism charities and parent support groups for group bookings.

Leon Jones, Tees Active Managing Director explains, “We work closely with a variety of community groups to ensure everyone is able to experience our activities and that they can be accessed and enjoyed by everyone. It’s fantastic to see children and families affected by Autism having fun and enjoying climbing at Billingham Forum.”

The Quiet Climb sessions continue to use the following initiatives:

– Limited noise (no music or climbing wall sound effects will be played).
– Reduced places (maximum of 16 people).
– Designated quiet area within GoClimb.
– Autism awareness trained staff.
– No queuing for the visit.

Sessions take place on the third Sunday of every month, 10:00am – 11:00am.

For more information about the autism friendly Quiet Climb and to book on to the next session visit www.goclimb.co.uk/quietclimb

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We went to GoClimb this weekend with my family. Everyone loved it from 4 to 60. The instructor's where great very, professional and really encouraging.Hayley Watts