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Door opens on a sense of wonder at the Alan Shearer Centre

13 January 2014

ASC lilac room

A wonderland of sensory stimulation is awakened as the Alan Shearer Centre opens the door on its latest facilities for disabled people.

The new interactive space, which welcomes it first bookings this month, is packed with an array of specialist, tactile equipment for visitors with a variety of disabilities and sensory impairments. Featuring in the new "Lilac Room" is a waterbed which has an integral amplifier to enable the user to feel vibrations of rhythm, tone and beat throughout the body while an aromatherapy system, sound beam generator, fibre optics and even a 'talking cube' all offer a choice of different sensations, stimulation or relaxation for visitors to enjoy.

The state-of-the-art room has already received endorsements from its first guests. Members of the North East Autism Society said: "Really impressed with the Lilac Room. Excellent use of space available and the equipment and sensory items are fantastic." While visitors from Daybreak wrote in the Centre's comments book: "Nicole enjoyed the comfort of (the) new Lilac Room. Andrew loved the music, Edward loved it all. Dan says its brilliant – especially the ‘water bed!!’

Work on the new sensory room began last year after the Centre was given a cheque for £28,500 from the Seaton Delaval works of Procter & Gamble.

As with all of the facilities at the Alan Shearer Activity Centre use of the lilac room is free for our disabled members. Contact us on 0191 267 8118 for more information and how to book your session.