Volunteers build state-of-the-art sensory cabin for Eastbourne care home residents

The SGN volunteers (L-R: Karl Fairweather, Danny Ellis, Stewart Lavender and Tony Bradford) hard at work building the sensory cabin
The SGN volunteers (L-R: Karl Fairweather, Danny Ellis, Stewart Lavender and Tony Bradford) hard at work building the sensory cabin
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Residents of a care home in Eastbourne will soon be able to experience the benefits of sensory therapies after a team of volunteers from gas distribution company SGN built a much-needed sensory cabin in their garden.

27 Arundel Road is a purpose-built bungalow, owned by Eastbourne Mencap, which provides specialist residential care services for adults with learning disabilities.

The new cabin will feature a variety of sensory therapies.

Laura Mansbridge, assistant manager, said: “Multi-sensory environments have been shown to have significant benefits for adults with learning disabilities – including promoting relaxation, improved communication and social skills, not to mention happiness – so we were keen for our residents to experience these benefits.

“Danny Ellis and his colleagues did an absolutely outstanding job. They went over and above, working late into the evening, to make sure they finished building the cabin and we cannot express our thanks enough for the wonderful opportunities they have given the people we support.”

Sixteen volunteers from SGN’s Bexhill depot offered to construct the cabin for the care home as part of the company’s Community Action Programme in which every employee gets one day a year on company time to help out in their community.

They spent four days at the home, beginning by digging out soil and pouring a concrete foundation.

Then, while the concrete was setting, they replaced some fence panels at the back of the garden that had blown down in a storm.

On the fourth day they began constructing the cabin itself.

Danny said: “My partner works at Arundel Road and when I told her we were looking for a community project to focus on, she explained about the sensory cabin.

“Apparently it was a project they had wanted to do for some time, but felt it was too big a project to take on alone.

“We had planned to start building the sensory log cabin on the third day, but in the end it didn’t arrive until noon on the fourth day, so it was touch and go as to whether we would finish it in time.”

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