In 2021, the Steve Morgan Foundation provided Gilbrook School with an Enable grant of £5,000, which was match funded by Cash for Kids, to fund the installation and equipping of a new, fit for purpose sensory room.
The room is accessible to all pupils and is used to calm and improve mood, reduce aggressive behaviour, boost social skills and help with anxiety.
Gilbrook School is a primary specialist school in Wirral for children who have an educational health care plan for social, emotional and mental health issues. Many pupils also have complex, debilitating additional needs, and often need ‘time out’ to moderate mood fluctuations. Time in the sensory room can help reduce melt downs and generally improves both the individual child’s wellbeing and that of the school overall.
The school, which has 60 pupils and 38 staff, provides a caring, nurturing environment for its pupils, who are encouraged to manage and overcome their difficulties, achieve academically, and ultimately develop into active and responsible members of society.
Previously, the Steve Morgan Foundation has supported the school with funding for an outdoor climbing frame and a minibus.