Gala Ball raising funds for much needed Mai-Wel project
In previous years, funds raised from the hot ticket event have been allocated to support youth and people with disability through projects across Mai-Wel including Mai-Wel Creative Arts and Mai-Wel LabourForce Solutions. This year will see funds allocated to supporting participants with complex/high support needs at Mai-Wel’slifestyle and leisure centre, The Hill in Telarah.
CEO of The Mai-Wel Group, Lynne Graham spoke about how the funds will be used this year.
“I am delighted to announce that funds raised from this year’s Annual Gala Ball will be allocated to the creation of a much needed sensory garden and sensory rooms at The Hill.
“It is facilities like these which are so vital, yet there are simply not enough of in our community at the moment. I am looking forward to the development of both the sensory garden and sensory rooms which will provide opportunities for people with a disability to experience a space that will both stimulate and calm their senses.”
Manager of The Hill, Margo Kennedy says the first project will be creating a sensory garden to assist people in our community who are in a wheelchair or have other physical or mental challenges.
“Time spent in natural environments can provide a range of health benefits and can contribute greatly to emotional and physical wellbeing. Most gardens offer visual appeal, but a sensory garden is designed to stimulate all five senses,” says Margo.
“Our next goal is to provide sensory environments where participants can relax and enjoy an environment which eliminates all distractions.
“There are a host of benefits of a sensory room for those who require them, including improved balance, movement and orientation, enhanced learning through play, sensory stimulation and assistance with behavioural problems.”
The Hill provides support for participants from Mai-Wel’s Lifestyle and Leisure service area who have complex needs or behaviours.