Participants at The Hill have access to some new dedicated sensory spaces, including a garden and two sensory rooms. Each of the custom-designed spaces offer sensory stimulation controlled by the participants to suit their individual needs.
The sensory rooms are fitted with projectors, light wheels, fibre optics, lamps, sounds/noises, smells, textures, and tactile sensory objects, to provide sensory stimulation and relaxation, whilst reducing the barriers that disrupt quality of life and build on the skills necessary for social wellbeing.
The sensory garden includes an array of raised garden beds filled with plants and features to entice the five senses; sight, smell, touch, taste and sound. The garden is a relaxing space for participants to enjoy some quiet time, it also offers gardening enthusiasts the opportunity to get their hands growing fruits and vegetables to be later prepared and eaten with friends.
Thanks to Mai-Wel’s major fundraising events and initiatives in 2019/20 and a $60,000 grant from Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation. Read more about the Sensational Spaces project on the Projects page of this site.