Billericay Mayflower Rotary have been working with Stephanie Ireland and her team at South Green Infants School since last year, looking at the sensory needs of young pupils and what assistance can be provided to help their education. Although the School has excellent support from the teaching staff and Friends organisation (PTA) as well as the local community, there was nothing left in the budget for the project this year. Working together, Mayflower Rotary developed the Sensory Cabin concept which is specially designed to provide, outside the class room, a comforting environment and induce a feeling of well-being when the pupil needs it. The Cabin will be well insulated and internally dressed with comforting materials and furniture to provide a recovery area for the pupil with teacher. There seems to be a more general need for mental health support for pupils and students but we agree with South Green School that by providing Cabins for the younger pupils, the beneficial impact can be studied and the real difference measured, particularly as early treatment may mitigate later needs. Mayflower Rotary have also agreed to support the Sensory Cabins Project by helping to organise funding, contributing £5,000 directly from Rotary Trust Funds for the first Cabin and providing Volunteers to work on site preparation and erection. Current President Mervyn Rogers in announcing the grant said " We are very pleased to be helping the local community in this pioneering work to provide better care for very young pupils to support a stronger and healthier educational future. What is learnt from this may influence educational provision and environments in the future so its a good investment for South Green School and for Rotary."
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