An Aberdeenshire charity has gained a boost with a significant donation from an oil and gas company.
SensationALL has just received £30,000 from Apache North Sea Limited – money which they will use for the renovation and re-purposing of their sensory room in their Westhill centre.
Based in the Old Schoolhouse in Westhill, the charity provides therapeutic activities and specialist support for individuals with disabilities or ‘multiple support needs’ and their families.
As part of Apache’s Corporate Social Responsibility programme, they have awarded the charity funds for the design and installation of a new sensory room to be used by children and adults visiting the centre.
Suz Strachan, SensationALL Operational Team Lead, has shared some of the plans for the sensory room.
She said: “The donation from Apache will go into transforming the current sensory room into an interactive space, with a higher spec and bespoke design around our user-needs.”
“Our sensory room has been enjoyed by many families since we began five years ago, using equipment salvaged from the Raeden Centre, but our new upgraded sensory room will make use of new technology and enhance the experience for our users.
“We get families visiting from all over Scotland – one from Shetland makes a point of stopping off here when they are travelling up and down as they know it will calm their boy.
“Renovation work includes new flooring, walls, room layout and turning the current sensory experience into a digital and generally more purpose-built space.”
In 2016, SensationALL acquired the Old School and Schoolhouse building to transform it into a purpose-built facility for the provision of specialist services and therapeutic activities for MSN users and is currently in the process of completing a Community Asset Transfer from Aberdeenshire Council.
The centre also offers community facilities including an out-of-school club; new amenities for play, recreation and sensory experiences; and rooms available to community groups and local businesses.
Information on how companies and individuals can support SensationALL can be found at www.sensationall.org.uk.