How we’ve made our new activity rooms accessible
We’ve recently opened Sense Hub Loughborough, our new centre bringing more support to disabled people living in the East Midlands.
The centre is home to a specialist college as well as three brand new studio spaces, each packed with the latest in accessible tech, sensory equipment and bespoke tactile furniture.
The rooms have been designed so that those using them take ownership of the spaces. Tactile storage encourages participants to explore with their hands, to find their own equipment and choose their own activities.
Our children’s studio is home to our early intervention and play service and is a wonderland for disabled children and their families. It’s filled with sensory toys, bubble machines, musical instruments and storybooks and has lots of space for little ones to run, dance and explore.
We’ve packed so many activities into this space. We have tables with removable compartments for sand and water play, interactive TV screens, a sensory corner and even a secret den hidden under one of our desks.
In this space we host sessions like sensory explorers, movers and shakers and sensory stories. Because this space was made for children, it was only right to put the controls to our sensory lighting panel low down so they can choose for themselves how they want the room to look and feel during their visits.
The activity studio at Sense Hub Loughborough is a huge space, perfect for sports and physical activities. We’ve got floor to ceiling mirrors along one of our walls so when you take part in a dance session, you feel like a professional.
This studio is so big that we sometimes we separate it in the middle giving us two spaces and twice the amount of activities. We host everything in here from slow and steady seated yoga to up tempo sensory dance.
As well as housing our bespoke sports furniture that includes a polybat table, basketball nets and targets, this studio is also home to our arts and wellbeing programmes.
Large, tactile storage units labelled with ‘art’ ‘music’ and ‘relax’ describe exactly what goes on in this space. These cabinets hold everything that you could imagine to host an accessible visual arts, music or wellbeing sessions including instruments, craft supplies and a massage bed.
We offer arts, music and wellbeing sessions both on a one-to-one basis and to small groups, this means we can tailor the sessions completely to the needs of the participants.
Our final studio space isn’t quite finished but we’re excited to tell you more. Our employment studio focuses on helping disabled people get in to work. Here we host job search sessions, help with applications and interview techniques and will continue that support to make sure you have everything you need to do your new job.
It’s kitted out with the latest in assistive tech from laptops to digital magnifiers, adjustable desks to the newest software. We’ve got everything you need to start your journey into work or to change career path.
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