What's thought to be Inner London's only gym dedicated to people with disabilities says funding cuts have forced it to cancel half of its fitness programme. Over the last decade Ability Bow says it's provided rehabilitation to thousands of people but a recent reduction in the amount of statutory funding it’s received, has put a strain on services.
A Tower Hamlets Council spokesperson said:
“We recognise the excellent work that Ability Bow does and the value it provides in helping people who have a disability, injury or long term health condition. The organisation plays an important role in improving physical and mental health, increasing people’s independence and potentially reducing the need for health and social care services.
“The council funds the Fit4Life and Moving On programmes that Ability Bow provides to support weight management and healthy living. Before these funding agreements end in 2019, there will be opportunities for Ability Bow to tender for new contracts to support the wellbeing of people living with disabilities or long term conditions.”