My wish-list

Kay is really excited about her new project and has compiled a list of things from the Total Sensory book that she would like to be in her sensory bus.

And the list is…

-A sensory bus complete unit

-Fiesta tubes with cushioned plinth

-Mobile unit with cushioned plinth and lockable castors

-Acrylic mirrors

-Interactive Carpets

-Star ceiling

-LED Projectors

-Projectors Galaxy Stars

-Magical interactive floor

With the objects for the interior totalling £14694.25, please read our next post to find out how Kay launches her fundraising campaign!



My Idea and Vision

Hi my name is Kay and I am 32 years old. I like swimming, reading to children at the nursery group and making scrapbooks! When I was younger I got lots of badges for swimming, and now I like to go to Hydro during the week where I can do step-ups in the water and other intensive exercises. I also like watching EastEnders, Holby City, 24 hours in A&E, The One Show, and documentaries about people in prison. I really enjoy listening to the Ministry of Sound, the Now CD collection, eclectic music and slow jams.

When I went to the Autism Show I saw the interactive floor and thought it was a cool new idea, and then I thought of making a sensory room because I really liked going to them as they were fun, especially one that I went to when I was 15 years old which was great fun. I would like the sensory room to be used by children and adults with learning disabilities which should be accessible for people with physical disabilities too. I would really like there to be an interactive floor in the sensory room because not many people have seen it before so it would be a fun new experience.

I think it will be a success because it’s a new idea within London, especially the interactive floor. The room would be a stimulating place for people, and it could help to reduce anxiety and stress, and help to improve their concentration. People with disabilities should come to sensory rooms because it’s fun playing in it and is fascinating. There are usually different themes in the sensory room. They’re usually colourful, relaxing and comfortable, with lots of cushions and colourful mats to lie on as you listen to relaxing music, and look up at the disco ball on the ceiling! I would really like the sensory room to be on a bus so we can move it around London and reach more people. There aren’t any easily accessible sensory rooms in London, and all I ever wanted was a room where I could access these things. Someone said that:

“sensory rooms have the effects of taking medication without taking the medication.”

If we can make this happen it would be a great achievement for me and would also help lots of people in London.

Please have a look at our next post to find out what my wish list of equipment for the sensory room will be!

The very beginning…

In Autumn 2015, I launched a Dragon’s Den style competition with Outward’s customers for their own social enterprise ideas. I met with Kay in January 2016; and it was evident that Kay had some great ideas and lots of enthusiasm to see her idea through.

We held the panel event to decide the winner on 26th February. The Outward Dragons’ had a hard task choosing the winner from the entries; but decided that Kay’s was one idea we just had to choose as the winner! We had lots of good ideas and other customers who entered are also being supported with their proposals. You can see a photo above on the left hand side of our Outward Dragon’s panel as well as Kay on the right.

Kay has identified a massive gap in the market for a sensory room that people with disabilities can use in London after finding it really difficult to find one locally that she could access easily. Kay’s winning idea is to create a sensory room in London as a social enterprise that other people can use. It will give Kay an opportunity to earn some income; with the rest of the profits being put back into the business. This will also allow us to support those who might not be able to pay to use it; and to maintain and improve the equipment.

Kay is working with the support of Nikeesha and Carly to take the project forward and this blog is about our journey to get the room opened! It is a large project but we’re all really excited to get started!

We will all be posting on the site and hope you enjoy reading it!

Thanks so much for your support,

Carly Attridge

Volunteering Manager