Families have begun using the new Multi-Sensory Experience room in the heart of Stafford.
The dedicated room, on the ground floor of the county council’s headquarters in Tipping Street, has been fitted out with specialist equipment.
It opened this month in the Staffordshire Place 1 building after moving from its previous home at the rear of the Shire Hall complex.
Gill Heath, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet member for Communities, said:
From the outset we said that the MSE room’s future was assured, because we knew how important it is to its users.
The previous room was very popular and I’m sure parents and families will love the new one just as much.”
The room is part of the town centre library, just a few yards away from disabled car parking spaces, and is available to visitors of all ages with learning difficulties, physical impairments, or children under-five.
Multi-sensory rooms have been shown to help development of the senses, hand eye coordination, promote language development and encourage relaxation. The Stafford room includes fibre-optic wall carpet, an interactive bubble tube, music-creating hand wall, laser projector with pin spot and mirrorball, and an audio-visual touchscreen.
Mother-of-two Katie Cresswell brought Marley, aged four, and one-year-old Flora, regularly used the old room and was pleased to visit the new one.
Katie, of Stafford, said:
It’s brilliant. I’m really pleased that there is still somewhere to come with the kids when it’s a rainy day.
It’s really convenient that it’s in the library, because we can spend time getting the books out with Marley and then we can come in here with Flora so she can have a little play and enjoy the sensory room.”
The room is free to use, but must be booked. Bookings can be made by contacting Stafford Library on 0300 111 8000.