Sense Abilities provides accessible pop-up Sensory Play, Advocacy, Information, Advice and Guidance for Families & Organisations.
It’s an organisation that wants to make sensory accessible to all.
But what is it you may wonder?
Sensory stimulation is all around us in our everyday lives through the textures of nature to the smell of baking bread in a shop.
A Multi-sensory rich environment can be Educational, Stimulating, Relaxing and Therapeutic. With a wide range of equipment senses can be stimulated including sight, touch, sound and smell.
How it Sense Abilities came about.
Our managing director, Suzannah Jones was first introduced to sensory through her son Elliott. He was born with Down’s Syndrome and other complications. Elliott spent his first couple of years of life in and out of hospital. As a result he was extremely limited in what he could do. However; his progress blossomed when being able to access a sensory environment. It stimulated his senses in such a way it encouraged his brain function, improved his gross motor and fine motor skills.
The benefits were amazing!
She went on to have 2 more children and soon realised that sensory environments weren’t just a ‘special needs thing’. They too blossomed just the same as he did.
We want to break down barriers by making our multi-sensory environment mobile. Making it truly accessible to all and when we say all we mean all ages and abilities.
Sensory environments are proving a valuable resource from young mums with babies to reminiscent therapy for people with dementia.
Sense Abilities was thought up in September 2016 to combat the lack of public sensory spaces available. We also wanted to make it so that it was that little bit different.
And it is!! We’ve launched Torbay’s first pop-up sensory play service!
Our pop-up sensory room can be set up in a variety of settings.
Thanks to BIG Lottery funding, The CDT, The Paignton Festival and most of all YOU, our pop-up now includes items like specialist lighting, a projector, aromatherapy products, seating, tactile cushions and objects.
We have also had fantastic support from the Lloyds Bank School of Social Entrepreneurs, The Torbay Development Agency (TDA), RIO and Cosmic who have given us the business tools and guidance to be able to launch Sense Abilities.
Our new pop-up sensory environment is AVAILABLE TO HIRE HERE.