Competition to name new sensory room at Sheffield children's postural care specialists

Children are being asked to name a new sensory room at a Sheffield children’s postural care specialists which takes care of young people with special needs.

Wednesday, 18th March 2020, 10:57 am
Updated Wednesday, 18th March 2020, 3:52 pm
Jan Wdowczyk, Thomas Harrison, Dan Limb and Dale Spademan

Jenx and Jiraffe have launched the nationwide competition with Yorkshire Wildlife Park.

The winner of the company’s ‘#JiraffeSensoryRoom’ competition, which is open to all children aged under 16 living in the UK, will receive an annual family pass to the Yorkshire Wildlife Park near Doncaster, which is home to some of the most amazing animals on the planet, from the only polar bears in England to majestic lions, tigers, black rhino and so much more.

The winner will also be the guest of honour at the grand opening of the sensory room.

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This space will be specially designed to develop a person’s senses in a safe, accessible and multi-sensory environment.

The room will combine a range of stimuli including lights, colours, sounds, sensory soft play objects and scents to ease the child into this safe environment.

The addition of the sensory room, which is projected to be completed by the end of the year, is a part of several developments taking place at Jiraffe’s head office on Wardsend Road, Hillsborough.

Holly Jenkins, director at Jiraffe, said: “Our team is so excited to see some of the great ideas the children come up with for the forthcoming sensory room. We expect that choosing a winner will be hard.

“The addition of a sensory room will open up our facilities to some of our most important visitors, the children we work with.

“This space will be designed specifically with the needs of children with sensory processing challenges in mind, providing opportunities for them to ignite and explore their senses in a safe way.

“This space will also be hugely important for our young visitors with complex needs, giving them somewhere calm where they can relax.”

Jenx has been researching, designing and manufacturing ground-breaking developmental postural equipment to support children with specific postural needs since 1982.

Jiraffe has been distributing Jenx and Rifton products in the UK since 2014, continuing the partnership with Rifton which began in 2005.

Jiraffe has more than 30 years’ experience of working with children and adults with special needs

John Minion, YWP chief executive officer, said: “We’re thrilled to be involved in the naming of the sensory room at Jiraffe, an organisation which has helped thousands of children over the last three decades.”

Thomas Harrison, managing director of Sensorykraft, said: “We’re very excited to work with Jenx on the development of their brilliant new sensory room.

“The room has been designed to be used passively as well as interactively, enabling it to appeal to a variety of users.”

The competition will close on April 30.

For more information and how to enter visit www.jiraffe.org.uk/jiraffesensoryroom-competition

And for more information about Yorkshire Wildlife Park visit www.yorkshirewildlifepark.com