For some people, day-to-day life can be a challenge
For individuals who have additional needs or learning disabilities, we understand that everyday life can be a challenge. Active communication, socialisation and environmental sensitivities can make spaces feel unsafe or overwhelming. And the behaviours some people associate with learning disabilities and autism often stem from the person being overwhelmed or placed in a challenging environment that doesn’t suit their individual need to feel safe, happy and comfortable.
A safe environment providing stimulation without being overwhelming
Multisensory environments, like the ones we’ve created at Worcester Snoezelen, are designed with these challenges in mind. Based on years of development, our centre has been created as a direct contrast to the stress and difficulties of everyday life. And we offer a person-centred approach, so that our visitors can control aspects of their environment that they wouldn’t otherwise be able to do—giving them a sense of safety that enables them to thrive.
We build upon the concept of Snoezelen for our visitors with learning disabilities, autism or physical disabilities to offer a contained, safe and joyful environment that can be used regularly by our community, either individually or as a part of our weekly clubs and regular activity days. We want our visitors to want to thrive and we do our best to make our environments and activities enjoyable, engaging and calming for those that need it. In addition to our sensory rooms which can be booked individually we also have projects which are set up specifically to cater for families.
“I enjoy coming to Snoezelen for Rock School and Friday Club. I have done lots of Rock School performances and I enjoy singing, dancing and drumming. When I come to Friday Club I love swimming in the Hydro Pool and seeing my friends”David
“There is so much I enjoy about Snoezelen. I enjoy being on the warm waterbed, I love looking at the bubble tubes, pressing the colourful buttons in all the rooms, but most of all playing in the pool with my new friend Cat”LiRi
“I spend a lot of time at Snoezelen. On a Monday I am learning German, Tuesday I have art and then have an hour of soft play. On Thursday I have music and acting and then art and Friday more time in the Soft Play”Liam
Our Snoezelen services have a profound impact on the local community
Since opening, Worcester Snoezelen has evolved to offer a range of high-quality services, activities and sessions that are not available elsewhere in the community. We have a total of four sensory rooms available at our centre, a soft play area, hydro pool and sensory garden plus an on-site cafe. Each space is customisable for the individual experience of our visitors, providing a safe and fun space where interactive experiences, learning or simply passive enjoyment can take place.
Alongside our sensory rooms, we also offer a range of different, active services, including creative arts, music, children’s activities and a variety of activity days and clubs. We also offer training to businesses, parents and individuals across the UK in how best to integrate sensory games, activities and sensory play so as to support the development of children and provide safe spaces for children with learning disabilities. Together, our unique services are having a profound impact on the local community. It’s something that we’re very proud of.