Stepping Stones Nursery in Colchester have just reopened their Sensory Room thanks to the efforts from Community360 staff and local volunteers.
“In June some lead was stolen from our room and we arrived in to find water pouring through into the sensory room.” Said Sue Townsend, Nursery Coordinator at Stepping Stones Play and Learn Group.
She added: “Cat Wright from community360 heard about our situation and contacted us offering the services of her colleague John Livingstone, a very talented mural designer.
“Over the summer holidays John, Cat and Timebank volunteer, John Lewis came in on numerous days and created the most fantastic space design mural. Since its ‘reveal’ the children have had the opportunity to find all the spaceships and aliens scattered across the galaxy. Many of our children have sensory processing depressors and this is now a very tranquil place for the children to relax.
We are extremely grateful to Community360 for all their support not just for the help with the sensory rooms but over the years too.”
Cat Wright, Engagement Officer from Community360 said “When we heard about the terrible incident with the roof at Stepping Stones Nursery the staff at Community360 really wanted to help.
After some discussion we thought it would be a good idea to combine Community360’s Timebank with staff and volunteers to offer any help that may be required, whether this be clearing up or painting and decorating.
I contacted Sue at Stepping Stones who then arranged for herself and John Livingstone, fellow Engagement Officer to meet at the nursery and the creation of an Intergalactic space scene was born!”
She added: A few ‘hot’ summer days working in the small room later; we were able to create something cosmic that will take the kids on a space adventure beyond the stars and into another galaxy.
Where imaginations can get lost, space exploration missions started, new lands conquered and meet beings from other planets. Creating happy fun memories. To Infinity and Beyond!”
Timebank is scheme that enables people to share skills. If you have any skills you wish to share or would like to get involved in future projects then Community360 would love to hear from you.
Photo Shows: Left to right: Sue Townsend, Stepping Stones Nursery, Cat Wright and Tracy Fortescue, Community360, Jon Lewis, Timebank Volunteer, John Livingstone, Community360
2ndphoto shows John Livingstone, Community360 busy painting and one of the murals