Main Aims of the Sensory Hub
The "Hub” is an environment which is inclusive and inspiring where children and young people feel comfortable, respected and understood. Our specially designed sensory space enables families to better their quality of life and help their child/ren to develop functional independence improving health and wellbeing for all members of the family.
We believe in Getting it Right for Every Child and our services are aligned with the SHANARRI wellbeing indicators.
The Sensory Hub project recognises, nurtures and develops the creative/aesthetic talents of a disadvantaged customer base. We provide them with a safe space which supports the educational/cognitive/communication requirements resulting from learning difficulties and/or sensory impairments the children have.
We host a mixture of ‘Stay and Play’ sessions, staff led activities, small group sensory classes and networking opportunities in a specially designed sensory space. The networking opportunities extend to social media groups. Mixed with sessions in the centre we aim to support families to form natural support networks that might otherwise been out of their reach/comfort zone.
Prior to and during the design stage we have been building relationships with local groups and local health professionals. They have told us that there are no local resources to signpost families for support before/after diagnosis or in fact those children with no diagnosis needed.
Groups working in the Glasgow's Eastend have expressed their eagerness to partner with us to use the room in the absence of anything like it locally. Within our plans is the intention to work collaboratively with other local organisations such as Sense Scotland, Enable & Reach for Autism, Barnardos, Action for Children, Differabled Scotland and our local carers group.
Key Functions and Responsibilities
1. To provide an environment which is clean, inclusive, stimulating, safe and inspiring for 100+ children and young people with a sensory impairment through 2019.
2.To provide access to sensorial space and set it up daily with specialised equipment designed to develop children/young people’s imagination and which encourages them to experiment, problem solve, discover and explore. Ensuring we meet their needs on various levels. Supporting 100+ children/young people during 2019/20.
3. To provide support to families of children and young people enabling them to form natural supports with other families facing the same challenges, supporting 100 families in 2019.
A full Job Description is available for download below.