Sensory room opens at centre

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People suffering with dementia have a new facility at Maidenbower Day Centre.

A new sensory room at the centre in Harvest Road was officially opened by the Mayor of Crawley, Cllr Bob Burgess, during the centre’s May Fair on Wednesday (May 29 ).

Sarah O’Reilly, a lead support worker at the centre, explained how the room provided a treat for all the senses through textures, sounds, sights and memory prompting objects.

She explained: “The majority of people with dementia, this will help.

“The last thing to go is the emotions and senses so if they’re given somewhere where it’s comfortable - where there’s a nice smell and they can hear things - it makes them feel quite happy and relaxed.”

The centre offers a place for people with brain related impairments to build there confidence through socialising with people and taking part in a range of activities such as art or baking.

Sereta Tyas, 83, from Tilgate, has been coming to the centre for eight years.

She said: “I like to come here because I’m on my own at home.

“You meet people and you all get to know each other and we all enjoy ourselves.

“I join in with whatever I can to keep my mind busy.”

Staff and some service users will take on a sponsored eight mile walk from the centre to Crawley Down and back to raise further funds for facilities on June 8, from 10am until 1pm.

To find out more call the centre on 01293 885156.