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Sainsbury's supports local disabled people with generous gift

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People who use St Catherine’s Day Service will benefit from the generosity of a local employer, as the team at Sainsbury’s Hams Hall depot stopped by to drop off a donation.

Paul Woods, General Manager, and Philippa Bayliss, Communications Co-ordinator, visited the centre to meet staff and clients and see first-hand the work they do. They looked around the sensory room, before handing over £400 in gift vouchers towards the cost of new equipment for the room.

The Day Service’s Assistant Manager Keeley Shaw and Support Worker Lynne Wallace talked to Paul and Philippa about how they provide a full and meaningful day for people with profound disabilities and complex care needs. They explained how the sensory room benefits clients by providing a relaxing environment that stimulates the senses, and how they are hoping to purchase new equipment to improve the experience for their clients.

Paul and Philippa spoke to Day Service regular Simon Gill about what he does there, as well as learning about the support the centre provides.

Paul said, “A lot of people that work at the depot are from Coleshill, so we’re pleased to give something back to the community they’re from.”

The donation will be used to purchase tactile equipment and furnishings to enhance the sensory experience of those that use it.

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As well as being a calming place, the sensory room stimulates and encourages visual, sensory and motor skills. It can benefit communication skills, improve mood, and allow clients to control their own environment through accessible controls.

Keeley said, “We try to give everyone a meaningful day and facilitate that for them. The sensory room is an important part of this. We are very grateful for this donation – it really will make a difference.”

St Catherine’s Day Service provides community and centre-based activities for people with a range of physical, sensory and learning disabilities.

From accessible exercise, music and crafts, to work experience and daily living skills and much more in between, it supports clients to live a full and meaningful life of their choosing. For more information, visit the centre’s page on this website.

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