Children with a range of disabilities will have a new space to thrive inside after a Brighouse charity opened a new £18,000 experience.
A new sensory room at ROKT Foundation featuring a musical touch wall, light plinth, Bluetooth musical stool, rainbow ball, UV carpet and projection equipment for relaxing and watching educational films has opened to users from across West Yorkshire.
The room is a welcome addition for the charity which supports children, young people and adults from across the county through climbing and urban activity – supporting everyone from those struggling with their mental health to children with complex learning disabilities and everyone in between.
The charity, based inside ROKT Climbing Centre, has spent the last two months creating the space thanks grants from Community Foundation for Calderdale, Boshier Hinton Foundation, Hedley Foundation, Tesco’s small grants and the Toy Trust.
A state-of-the-art window was also donated by Leeds-based Express Bi-Folding Doors and the equipment was installed by SpaceKraft, a company that has specialised in supporting children with sensory stimulation for 30 years.
Since 2021 post-Covid, ROKT Foundation has supported hundreds of children and young people with learning disabilities to climb, cave, boulder, harness swing and abseil.
Katie Kinsella, Director of ROKT Foundation, said: “We wanted to add to our offer and create a beautiful interactive space that can be used as a warm down after climbing sessions or as a stand-alone experience. Many children we work with have sensory conditions including autism or ADHD, so the room will allow them to interact with the equipment, solve puzzles, make noise, play music, draw pictures and control lighting colours.
“It’s unbelievable to have this up and running in such a short space of time and we couldn’t have done it without our funders. This will have a massive positive impact on our service users, especially younger children with learning difficulties. It’s another string to our bow in terms of what we can offer and we hope it opens up more funding and opportunities for us to help even more people.”
Dr Max Euan Noble, Founder of ROKT Foundation, said: “The Foundation itself was a bit of a dream come true for me as we wanted to create something to help a huge range of people in life-changing ways. The Foundation is doing that on a daily basis with kids and adults – and this sensory room allows us to go even further.
“We’re certain the room will be loved by everyone who steps foot in it and bring a bit of joy and happiness to them. It’s also a calming space for them to relax after an adrenaline pumping session – and believe me they are thanks to the team’s unique approach to helping people through climbing. And it works.”
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