Fundraising Drive For New Sensory Room

Wed, 2002-08-28 01:00

East Durham College tutor Laura Richardson and students from the Derwent Provision inside the room they are hoping to transform into a new sensory room.

East Durham College’s specific educational needs department have started a fundraising drive to support the creation of a new sensory room and sensory garden at the College’s Houghall Campus.

The group of staff and students are aiming to raise at least £500 to help convert an empty room at the College into a sensory room and have also started plans to fundraise further to makeover an overgrown area of garden.

The Derwent Provision, as it is known, is a specialist facility at the Durham-based College which caters for autistic students who require a range of specialist educational support; and these improvements to the facilities will help students manage both behavioural and emotional self-regulation.

Money raised will go towards items needed inside the room such as a light projector, bubble tubes, wall and ceiling decorations and sensory activities such as light and sound apparatus to be placed around the room.

Foundation lecturer at East Durham College, Laura Richardson, believes the project can be of huge help to the students as they will take part in the fundraising for the project before benefitting from the finished room and garden.

Laura explained: “This is a great project for the students who have taken this on as an enterprise project and are planning activities to raise money for the makeover.

“This facility will greatly benefit social interaction, relaxation and the emotional health of our learners.

“The sensory room and garden will also provide a stimulating yet calming atmosphere that will help to improve hand-eye coordination, develop language skills and fundamental sensory skills.”

For more information or to help out with the fundraising drive or donations please contact Laura on 0191 375 4733 or email