The little peace of heaven. Sensory room is open to the public

FACET, March, Sensory room. Denise Bullen.

FACET, March, Sensory room. Denise Bullen. - Credit: Archant

FEELING stressed? Then a sensory therapeutic room in March could be just the tonic before starting a busy day.

FACET, March, Sensory room.

FACET, March, Sensory room. - Credit: Archant

The £20,000 sensory centre at a special needs learning college has opened its doors to the public for anyone who fancies spending some chill-out time in a calming environment.

FACET, March, Sensory room. Student Stephen Storey.

FACET, March, Sensory room. Student Stephen Storey. - Credit: Archant

Sensory rooms have proved a great success for people with special needs and now the facility at FACET in Marwick Road is available to provide a peaceful balm to the wider community .

FACET, March, Sensory room.

FACET, March, Sensory room. - Credit: Archant

A small parent and toddler group has already enjoyed spending time in the room along with individuals who have used it for stress relief, said Linda Ingram, chief executive officer for FACT.

FACET, March, Sensory room. Student Stephen Storey .

FACET, March, Sensory room. Student Stephen Storey . - Credit: Archant

Those suffering from dementia and children and adults with autism have also benefited.


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“The over active can become calmed, the less active grow to be curious.

“Any partially sighted are able to see the vibrant shifting colours.

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“It is a fascinating environment that is certainly one of the most enjoyable surroundings.”

The room is a soothing self contained unit with a heated water bed to relax on, bean bags and cushions.

On the floor is a special light and sound board and around the room edges are a series of relaxing fibre optic lights and a bubble light tube.

Add in relaxing music and the room is a dream escape.

For those needing stimulation there are boxes of specially designed sensory equipment themed on hearing, seeing and touching.

FACET Chairman Andrew Pugh said: “I fell asleep on the bed in there when I had a go. It was lovely. I highly recommend it!”

The room is open to anyone from 8-4.30 Monday to Friday.

It costs £12 per half hour or £22 for an hour.

Visitors are also able to visit the well-stocked garden centre and woodwork shop while there to browse the goods on sale.

Call the centre on 655080 to book.

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