Char­ity of the month

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Each is­sue, we find out more about one of the good causes you could raise money for with your knit­ting…

Niz Smith, Pro­ject Co­or­di­na­tor Sen­sory Bus Char­ity Link­age Com­mu­nity Trust Sen­sory Bus Es­tab­lished The bus was set up in 2016, with a grant from the Na­tional Lot­tery. Link­age has been around for over 40 years, work­ing with peo­ple across Lincolnshire with learn­ing di cul­ties and dis­abil­i­ties to pro­vide spe­cial­ist ed­u­ca­tion, care, em­ploy­a­bil­ity and day­time ac­tiv­i­ties.

What do you do? The Sen­sory Bus is a sen­sory room on wheels, so its con­tents in­clude bub­ble tubes, fi­bre op­tics, a mu­sic board, vi­brat­ing snakes, a switch board – all the things you’d find in a static sen­sory room. In ad­di­tion, we change the theme of the bus on a reg­u­lar ba­sis so the bus has been Un­der the Sea, On Sa­fari, Win­ter Won­der­land, and more. The bus works with chil­dren and young peo­ple with spe­cial ed­u­ca­tional needs and with adults with de­men­tia. We work along­side teach­ers and car­ers and it helps them to see what sen­sory ac­tiv­i­ties work for those they care for. They go away with ideas to con­tinue in the class­room, nurs­ing home and so on. One teacher wrote: “It’s im­proved their [ben­e­fi­cia­ries’] qual­ity of life, re­duced prob­lem­atic be­hav­iour, and im­proved their ac­cess to com­mu­nity ac­tiv­i­ties… and for some, it’s com­pletely opened up their world”.

Lat­est fundrais­ing news We’ve cre­ated a pat­tern for a Twid­dle Teddy (£3) which can be down­loaded from Rav­elry: https:// www.rav­elry.com/pat­terns/li­brary/link­age­sen­sory-twid­dle-teddy. Sales will help to keep the Sen­sory Bus on the road.

What can we do to help? An oc­cu­pa­tional ther­a­pist we were work­ing with, in an NHS de­men­tia as­s­esess­ment unit, men­tioned that a lot of their pa­tients were com­forted by ted­dies that were big enough to cud­dle. As a re­sult of this we de­vel­oped the pat­tern for the Twid­dle Teddy. They are re­ally loved so it would be lovely if peo­ple would like to make them for nurs­ing homes in their lo­cal area. For any­one un­able to find a home for them, they can be sent to us for hom­ing. Con­tact de­tails: Email [email protected]­age.org.uk Ad­dress Link­age Com­mu­nity Trust, Sen­sory Bus Team, Toyn­ton Cam­pus, Main Road, Toyn­ton All Saints, Spilsby, Lincs PE23 5AE

Step in­side this pur­ple bus and you’ll be greeted by a mag­i­cal world of tex­tures and lights…

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