Sense Family Centre, Market Deeping, Cambridgeshire (Manor Lodge Family Centre)

Services for children and young people with sensory impairments in the east are based at the Sense Family Centre, Market Deeping, Cambridgeshire (Manor Lodge Family Centre). This renovated centre opened in August 2012 as a base for our Children’s Specialist Services team.

The centre has a sensory area, with specialist equipment and toys aimed at stimulating the senses and encouraging children to have fun. This includes a messy / wet play area where children can experience the feel of water, sand and paint. We also use the sensory room as a base for our assessments.

The family room is a relaxing space where families can sit and chat, supporting each other and sharing ideas. This can also be used as a play space, a quiet area or a base for group sessions.

Specialist sensory toys can often be expensive or difficult to find. Our toy library allows parents/carers to borrow items so they can see which ones best suit their child. Many of the toys we have bought have been made possible by donations from individuals and local organisations who support our work.

The centre also has access to a hydrotherapy pool and jacuzzi.

What happens at the Centre

We hold a monthly pre-school group for deafblind/multi-sensory impaired children and their parents/carers called Mini Magpies. The group runs the first Thursday each month from 10am – 1pm.

The centre is also used as a base for our teenage group.

The hydrotherapy pool is used each week by our after school swimming group.

Children’s Specialist Service team also run several Family Days each year. View a list of all our Family Days.

The centre is also used as a base for us to conduct holistic assessments and to run other occasional specialist sessions like the Tuning In programme.

Who we are

Several member of the Children’s Specialist Services team are based at the Manor Lodge Family Centre.

Alex Oram – Principal MSI Consultant
Emma Blanchard-Moore MSI Consultant (Specialism)
Ginny Matthew - Children and Family Support Worker
Barbara Moore – Children and Family Support Worker
Sam Cook – Office Administrator

How to refer children to our services

If you think your child, or a child you are working with, could benefit from the specialist support provided at the Manor Lodge Centre please contact us. One of our team will call you to tell you more about what we do and how that might help your child.

Contact us

Sense Family Centre
72 Church Street
Market Deeping

Tel: 01778 382244
Fax: 0300 330 9271
Textphone: 0300 330 9272

First published: Monday 24 September 2012
Updated: Tuesday 7 November 2017