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New room for Woodcock Dell

Last updated: 2004-03-15

In a special ceremony on Monday March 15th, Norwood officially opened a new multi-sensory room at Woodcock Dell, a residential home for adults with multiple and profound learning disabilities. 

The facility was donated by The Rose Foundation, a charitable trust and Martin Rose, an ongoing supporter of Norwood and Trustee of the foundation was present to open the sensory room himself.

People with profound and multiple learning disabilities often need the use of stimulating reactive and interactive environments to promote communication, general learning development, and understanding of cause and effect. A multi-sensory room such as the one at Woodcock Dell encourages the residents to explore, initiate movement, promote communication and develop potential.

The state-of-the-art facility includes a range of lighting effects such as solar projectors with effect wheels, a fibre-optic light slide-glow and bubble tubes.  There are also aural effects such as a sound light screen, an echo unit and vibro tactile equipment such as a chair enabling residents to experience the vibrations as well as the sound of music.

Vicky Weir, Woodcock Dell’s Homes Manager, said at the opening, “Although the residents partake in a number of outside activities including sensory stimulation, the logistics for these meetings means a great deal of time is taken up by staff members travelling to access this facility. Now that they are able to use the sensory room within their own home and within their own time, the benefits are enormous. The sensory room is an example of Norwood’s commitment to provide quality and choice within its residential services to adults with learning disabilities within the community.  Needless to say the staff, residents and their families are thrilled to be able to have this wonderful facility within their own home and thank the Rose Foundation.”