The UK’s first mobile sensory room is now ready to be enjoyed by disabled children and adults across the Midlands.
The Square Peg Foundation are delighted to announce that after months of planning and fund raising they are unveiling the UK’s first ever mobile sensory room, on Sunday 10th January2016 at The Gracechurch Centre, Sutton Coldfield, B72 1PA. Ribbon cutting will be at 12.00 midday by Anna Kennedy OBE and Alan Gardner – the Autistic Gardener. The event hopes to raise awareness of the need for the service and to advertise the service to those who may benefit from it. The event should be attended by anyone whose life has been affected by disability, those who enjoy sensory stimulation and calming and those who want to find out the benefits of this type of therapy.
The Square Peg Sensory Bus has been created as a place where square pegs fits in! It has been equipped with a range of bubble tubes, fibre optics, projectors and more to create a unique experience for people with a whole range of disabilities and of course, it’s completely accessible.
As the UK’s first fully mobile therapeutic sensory room the bus will be available for hire by both private individuals and public organisations such as schools and playgroups, delivering the help and therapy to those who need it most across the West Midlands.
Square Peg Foundation founder Lauren Baker, commented: “We first came up with the idea for a mobile sensory room when it became apparent to me how sensory therapy could help those with disabilities such as my own daughter.”
They receive funding from Sutton Coldfield Charitable Trust, Postcode Community Trust, Birmingham Lions and Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes and undertaken an extensive fundraising campaign to raise a total of £25,555.
“Thanks to Darren from Hi Society Limousines who fitted the bus out with the equipment we are now able to finally see our dream become a reality and help all those children and adults who benefit so much from the sensory rooms that you find in hospitals and care facilities.”
The Sensory Bus is the latest addition to the range of support services and initiatives from The Square Peg Foundation which was founded in 2014 by daughter and mother team Lauren Baker and Sharon Needham. Inspiration for the business originally came after Lauren was propelled into the world of disability when her daughter received an Autism diagnosis. Life suddenly changed and the idea of specialist treatments and equipment was upon them, with very little help available to them they decided to help themselves and others. The foundation is doing incredibly well with the products and services they can offer to both children and adults with disabilities, they also have an empowering clothing range and two respite caravans in Wales which are available for families to hire and have a holiday.
For more information about the bus you can go to www.squarepegfoundation.org.uk