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A feast for senses at Botton Village

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Sensory Room
A feast for senses at Botton Village

When Laura who works at Hall Sout, saw first-hand the benefits of a sensory room, she it would be a great asset to Botton Village.

Laura was accompanying a Botton resident on an activity holiday at the Calvert Trust, where there was a sensory room. 'It was so relaxing and enjoyable' she says, 'Back at Botton I suggested to my manager that we should have one too.'

A great team effort

After consulting with everyone at Botton, we decided to relocate the existing art therapy room to make space for a new sensory room in St Brides House. A fundraising appeal to Botton’s loyal supporters brought in the funds needed to bring the plans to fruition.

“The generosity of our donors in getting behind new ideas like this is fundamental” says Laura – who showed her own commitment by taking part in a ‘Colour Run’ and raising £150 in sponsorship for the sensory room.

So many positive effects

With bubble tubes, mirrors, coloured fibre-optic lights and a water bed through which people can feel the vibrations of music, the sensory room allows people to explore and control which sights, sounds or sensations they like best.  This can be very relaxing for people who are sensitive to their surroundings. Promoting deep relaxation can have other benefits too: "One lady who has used the room, who doesn’t communicate easily, now keeps asking when she can next go on the waterbed” says Laura.

The sensory room is now finished and people at Botton are already enjoying it. An official opening ceremony was held; everyone had a chance to look around and share a celebratory meal. After consulting with everyone at Botton, we decided to relocate the existing art therapy room

 

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