A new sensory room for people with disabilities, including sight loss and learning disabilities, has been created at the Wilberforce Trust in Huntington, York.

It was open for the first time on Thursday 3 April for an all-day ‘drop-in’ open to disability support organisations, professionals in the care sector and, of course, Wilberforce tenants from the organisation’s supported housing in York and Tadcaster and their support workers. There will be another drop-in from 2pm to 4pm on Friday 11 April for those who could not make today’s session. The room is a ‘pop-up’ facility; it will be set up with the appropriate equipment for each session in the Living&Learning Zone at the Wilberforce headquarters, Wilberforce House.

The facility has been created following requests from a variety of support organisations in York and a consultation with some of them including the Disabilities Trust, Mencap, the Rowntree Foundation, UBU, United Reform, and the Wilf Ward Family Trust. The sensory facility has been funded by Wilberforce itself, Sainsbury’s in York and the York City Council.

There are a small number of sensory rooms in and around York but access is limited, eg some are only for children and one at the University of York is for research and training purposes. The Wilberforce sensory room will have a programme of sessions in which people can enrol.