Enable Grant Boosts ‘Light Room’ At School

A school in Wrexham has received an Enable grant of £10,000 from the Steve Morgan Foundation to refurbish its Sensory Room to the benefit of the pupils.

Ysgol Heulfan is a mainstream primary school with an additional department – Y Canol – for learners with severe or profound and multiple learning difficulties.

There are currently 24 pupils attending Y Canol, with additional needs such as visual impairment, Autism Spectrum Disorder, or further medical needs, all of whom benefit from one-to-one support.

“The sensory stimulation room, which Y Canol call their ‘Light Room’, is over 16 years old and most of the equipment was no longer working,” says Karen Charles, Enable Funding Officer with the Steve Morgan Foundation.

“The room is used throughout the school day for pupils to work on their individual skills and targets, as well as for learning across the curriculum.

“Refurbishing and updating the Sensory Room has allowed it to be used to its full potential and enhance the children’s development.

“The new equipment and lighting gives opportunities to the pupils to practice skills such as cause and effect, taking turns, sharing and social interaction.

“The interactive equipment also supports development of the children’s fine and motor skills, imagination, flexibility of thought, language and communication.”

The school had raised £5,000 towards the refurbishment of the room and new sensory equipment and the Enable grant from the Steve Morgan Foundation has allowed them to fully equip the room with what is required to make a positive difference to the pupils’ learning and development.

The children have sent a lovely thank you card to the Foundation, with Kathy Jones, Assistant Headteacher at Y Canol, echoing their sentiments.

“We just want to say a huge thank you to everyone at the Steve Morgan Foundation who has helped make this possible,” said Kathy.

“The children have been enjoying their new sensory room and we are all absolutely thrilled with it.

“It will have a huge impact on the children’s learning and will enhance their school day.”

 

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