Oliver! star unveils new facility for Edinburgh special needs youngsters
Actor, Iain Fletcher (‘DC Rod Skase' in ITV drama The Bill who is currently playing ‘Bill Sikes' in Oliver! at Edinburgh Playhouse), was in Edinburgh on 18 June as BT and The Lord's Taverners officially opened a new sensory room for young people with disabilities and learning difficulties at St. Crispin's School.
St. Crispin's School caters for 50 young people with wide ranging physical disabilities and learning difficulties. The school offers an inclusive and supportive educational environment in which every pupil can thrive, meeting the individual needs of pupils so that they can reach their full potential.
St. Crispin's 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.
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. 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.
Brendan Dick, Managing Director, BT Regions, 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 Edinburgh youngsters improve their communication skills. We are delighted to support St. Crispin's School.”
Matthew Patten, 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. Partnering with BT has allowed us to reach out to even more young people across the UK. We are proud to support the staff, parents and young people of St. Crispin's 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.