Former England captain unveils new facility for Swansea special needs youngsters
Former Glamorgan and England captain Tony Lewis was on hand in Swansea last week (19 October) to officially unveil a new sensory room for young people with disabilities and learning difficulties at Pen Y Bryn School.
Pen Y Bryn School caters for 116 children aged 4-19, who have a wide range of additional learning needs. The new sensory room will replace one that had to be demolished in February, and will once again enable pupils to receive individual attention and interact in supported small group play sessions that have such a positive impact on their emotional and physical well-being.
Pen Y Bryn School is the latest school to benefit from the partnership between BT and The Lord’s Taverners. Together the two organisations are investing £400,000 over three years to install 12 new multi-sensory areas that will enhance the lives of youngsters with disabilities and learning difficulties across the UK.
Time spent in a sensory room has been shown to increase spatial awareness, concentration, relaxation and alertness. For young people with autism or severe communication difficulties, the stimulating and soothing properties of these rooms has been shown to calm their behaviour and make them more communicative and responsive.
Multi-sensory rooms feature a relaxing and stimulating variety of sights, sounds and textures which help disabled children to learn in an environment that suits their educational needs. Such rooms can result in dramatic benefit to children with sensory impairment, helping enhance the development of senses such as hearing, sight, smell and touch.
Robert Milloy, Partner Director, BT Wales said: “BT has supported local community projects for many years and through our partnership with The Lord’s Taverners, we are proud to be able to help these Swansea youngsters improve their communication skills. We are delighted to support Pen Y Bryn School.”
Tim Berg, Acting Chief Executive of The Lord’s Taverners, said, “The Lord’s Taverners is dedicated to giving disadvantaged and disabled youngsters opportunities through sport and recreation. Our partnership with BT has given even more young people across the UK a sporting chance in today’s world. We are proud to support the staff, parents and young people of Pen Y Bryn School.”
The partnership between BT and The Lord’s Taverners is inspired by BT’s continued support of education and sporting initiatives through its London 2012 programme. In addition to installing sensory rooms, BT staff members will volunteer at The Lord’s Taverners youth sports events and fundraise for the charity.