‘Quiet’ shop­ping on list

North Coast Times - - NEWS -

A QUINNS Rocks res­i­dent is hop­ing to make shop­ping a less stress­ful ex­pe­ri­ence for peo­ple with sen­sory is­sues.

Gil­lian Gore, who works with par­ents of chil­dren with ad­di­tional needs, has helped or­gan­ise ‘quiet-time shop­ping’ at two Clark­son stores on June 28.

“Over time, I have learnt about the im­pact noisy en­vi­ron­ments and un­fa­mil­iar set­tings have on peo­ple with sen­sory is­sues,” she said.

“Shop­ping can be a stress­ful ex­pe­ri­ence, of­ten caus­ing the per­son to be­come ag­i­tated, anx­ious or up­set.”

She wanted to make re­tail­ers aware of dif­fi­cul­ties some peo­ple face when ac­cess­ing shops and was in­spired by an Amer­i­can ini­tia­tive where stores dimmed lights and turned off mu­sic, speaker sys­tems and TV screens.

She ap­proached Ocean Keys shop­ping cen­tre with the idea last year and Tar­get ran a suc­cess­ful ‘quiet hour’ in De­cem­ber.

This time, Kmart will also take part and both stores will re­duce noise and lights from 5pm to 9pm, while Salon Ex­press and Essence Cafe will par­tic­i­pate from 5pm to 8pm.

Mrs Gore said it was a good op­por­tu­nity for fam­i­lies to shop to­gether in a calmer en­vi­ron­ment.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d470620

Kmart cloth­ing man­ager Jenny Bor­chardt, dis­abil­ity con­sul­tant Gil­lian Gore and Tar­get as­sis­tant store man­ager Kylie Downs.

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