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Sensory room gets a makeover in Crawley

A sensory room was given a fresh lick of paint by volunteers from UK Power Networks.

From Press releases - 25 October 2017 12:00 AM

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Seven volunteers from the local electricity firm, which keeps the lights on across the South East, helped at Broadfield’s Children and Family Centre in Creasys Drive yesterday.
The centre, which is run by West Sussex County Council, offers a vital support network to all families by providing access to toys, books, activities and parental advice at a time that can be isolating for new parents.
The volunteers, who work in Hazelwick Avenue, Crawley, freshened up the paintwork in the children’s sensory room, jet washed outdoor play equipment and tackled odd jobs. Staff gave their time through UK Power Networks’ employee volunteering scheme, which gives all employees two paid days a year to volunteer or fundraise in their local community.
Volunteer, Gemma Ballard, who works in the company’s payroll department, said: “I have used one of the children’s centres in Crawley myself and they are a great place for parents to go if they are struggling with parenting, suffering post-natal depression or need access to toys that parents might not be able to afford.
“It feels really positive to give something back to a local family centre because I know that it makes a huge difference to young families in this area. We want to make the sensory room as good as we can possibly make it for the families who want to use it. I hope to bring my son here to see the facilities.
“The centre offers such a supportive network for families and proved vital when I had my son Finlay. I didn’t know anybody and I made my best friends through the centre. They arranged health visitor checks for newborns, development checks, ‘rhyme time’ to enable children learn through music and ‘play and learn’, where children can take part in various activities.”
Stephen Hillier, County Council Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: “Our Children and Family Centres are real community hubs so it is wonderful to see a team of volunteers who want to support them and give some of the rooms a new lease of life. To have a team clean the play area and paint the sensory room is a huge help and they have made a huge difference. Thank you.”