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Sensory Room London

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Sensory Room London

Outward By Outward

One of our customers with disabilities has identified a gap in the market for a sensory room in London. We'd like to create a mobile sensory bus for people with disabilities across London!

Camden Delivery stage

pledged of £28,072

Sorry this project was unsuccessful, we did not reach our fundraising goal.

One of our young people with disabilities who lives in Camden came up with a great social enterprise idea following a Dragons' Den style competition at Outward. She has identified a gap in the market in London for sensory rooms in the local area. She has had to travel miles out of London in order to access something suitable; as well as other of her peers who have had similar experiences. We decided that a mobile vehicle would enable us to expand our reach and travel to those who would benefit from using the bus. People would pay as they feel to use the bus; this would allow the project to be self sustaining longer term. The sensory experience will benefit many different types of people including those with disabilities, complex needs, Autism spectrum and sensory impairments. We think that an interactive sensory bus would meet the needs of lots of adults and young people with disabilities in the London area. We'd also like to include an interactive floor into the installation.

What we'll deliver:

  • Buy a suitable vehicle to install the sensory equipment
  • Install sensory equipment, including interactive floor
  • Promote and market sensory bus across London communities
  • Recruit and train volunteers to support the sensory experience and use of the bus
  • Take the sensory bus across London!
  • Identify parking and potential volunteer drivers for the vehicle
  • Work with design company to design bus and plan works

Why it's a great idea:

Sensory rooms provide an interactive environment for people with sensory impairments. They can provide a therapeutic, stimulating or relaxing environment for people with disabilities and other sensory needs across all ages. Although there are a handful of sensory rooms in London attached to hospitals and other charities, they are not made widely available to those in need in the local community. Outward works across 10 London Boroughs, supporting more than 1000 people; many of whom would benefit from having access to a sensory room. We want to make the project sustainable and are looking to run it as a social enterprise; that way potential users can pay as they feel and we can invest the profits back into maintaining and installing new equipment as well as providing our customer who had the idea with a small income stream.

Steps to get it done:

  • Buy the vehicle
  • Take the sensory bus out on the road and into the community!
  • Training and recruitment of volunteers
  • Commission design team to install equipment and modify vehicle
  • Launch and promotion of bus across disability groups and organisations
  • Works begin

This idea was submitted to a Dragons Den style competition held at Outward in February 2016. Outward is a support and care charity supporting vulnerable people across 10 London Boroughs. We deliver a variety of services to adults with learning disabilities, autism, older and younger people. We are excited to be working with Kay who submitted her winning idea to us on this project.

Location Camden

About the space


How will the money be spent?Total £28,071

Installation and purchasing of Equipment - £15,000 (53%)
Vehicle, insurance, MOT - £5,000 (18%)
Parking - £1,500 (5%)
Marketing and promotion - £1,500 (5%)
Training of Volunteers - £1,000 (4%)
Petrol - £1,000 (4%)
Equipment - £800 (3%)
Other - £2,271 (8%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Installation and purchasing of Equipment
Vehicle, insurance, MOT
Marketing and promotion
Training of Volunteers
Other Read More
  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction Fees
  • VAT

Total £28,071

Our Volunteer List

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