Thank you to everyone who donated towards our Sensory Equipment Appeal. So far, we have raised over £7,500 towards our target of £10,000, which is fantastic.
Here is how one service in Leeds spent a grant of £285:
Julie, the Service Manager, recognised that for people with a sensory impairment the sound and feel of water can be an enriching sensory experience, so she decided to turn the bathroom at their service into a sensory room.
She installed light changing taps on the bath, added waterproof floating lights, and bought a “disco ball” which projects colours around the room. To make the surface of the bath more tactile she added stick on fish, and she even found a wave machine which makes sea noises. Understandably, the new bathroom has been a big hit at the service and in particular has had a massive impact on one young lady, Sarah. Sarah found the sensory environment around her overwhelming at times and she was finding it difficult to relax and get a good night’s sleep. Now she enjoys 40 minutes in the bath every night, which she loves. She’s far more calm and is sleeping very well, which means she’s able to participate a lot more during the day. The sensory bathroom has been such a success that Julie has put colour-changing taps on the kitchen sink too and now everyone is helping with the washing up!
Sadly, we have had more requests for sensory equipment funding than we can meet with the money raised so far. Could you help us to meet our target of £10,000 by the end of the summer and help us to provide equipment for people like Sarah? Just a small contribution can add real value to someone’s life, so why not donate now?