Just under a year ago we had a meeting with Sam Grace from Torquay Library to discuss ‘popping-up’ with our equipment.
The end of one year and the start of another!
2019, what a year it was for Sense Abilities. It was full of highs and a couple of lows. Last year saw us receiving funding to put on free community sensory sessions which were a huge success. Bookings for Sensory Parties were on the up and awareness of Sense Abilities grew.
We were successful in gaining a Reach Fund Grant. This enabled us to work with the fab team at Miles Phillips Consulting. Our business plan, cash flow projections and business ground work is coming along nicely. We were also delighted to be successful in gaining a social investment loan from Resonance.
Excitingly we were making preparations to secure a base to launch Torbay’s first Sensory Centre. Having finally found what we thought was the perfect location, the Cob Barn in Cockington. Unfortunately this led to one of Sense Abilities lows as it just wasn’t meant to be. Despite securing the lease on 2 of the units at the barn things happened and the goal posts changed. It meant that we had to sadly hand in our notice and say goodbye to a dream. It’s also led to quite a difficult period of uncertainty that we are thankfully now happy to say goodbye to.
After a bit of soul searching and rethinking we are pleased to have a new plan of action. We’re still hoping to realise our dream of opening a Sensory Centre. As with all good things though this will happen when the time is right and the property is suitable.
So what does 2020 have in store for us?
We are focusing on our pop up sessions and continue to grow these as well as look for new venues. Bookings for Parties and Events for the coming months are already coming in. Applications will be made again for funding to put on the community sessions in and around Torbay that will be free to access.
We now have regular sessions at The Hydro Hub, Seale Hayne and The Acorn Centre, Torquay. We are adding to these as we speak and waiting hear from other venues. Keep an eye on where we will be HERE
We will still be searching for that perfect property to create a sensory centre. In the meantime though we continue to grow and meet some amazing people along the way.
We may of had some lows last years but the highs of Sense Abilities far outweigh them. We are very much looking forward to a year of sensory fun and growing awareness.
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The Directors of Sense Abilities have recently met to discuss our Company Objects and as such we have proposed changes to these. We like to keep the community in which we operate involved as much as we can.