The Stow Sensory Safe Space will be a place where children and families can come together to feel their senses come alive. Due to the detrimental effects of Lockdown some of us have been deprived of companionship, nature, an awareness of our senses. We now know more than ever the importance of feeling a sense of belonging, so the garden will provide opportunities for socialisation, the need to feel in touch with our senses and emotions, the need to touch , smell, taste, see, hear nature all around us. The need to feel the outside world again to combat the effects of Covid. The sensory garden aims to help children and families express themselves, feel and name emotions, develop a positive self image and being part of a strong resilient community. We aim to reawaken senses so people feel alive and combat feelings of loneliness, hopelessness and fear. Stow sensory Safe Space is somewhere where you can feel more positive, drink in nature, feel valued and good about yourself.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
A sensory safe safe ticks all the boxes to combat the detrimental side effects of Lockdown. People need people, and children are no exception. They have missed their friends and may not have developed the skills yet to express their feelings. The sensory garden can help put feelings into words. It can help generate the vocabulary needed, and the persistence to keep trying where the motivation has been lacking. memories and smells are often inextricably linked, and without the stimulation of the outside world, the last year has been a bit of a non starter. If you are only two years old that is 50% of your life. Children have missed out on all their sensory development. A friendship bench may encourage those social interaction opportunities which may have been missed or lost and the desire to do so may have been shutdown. Many children and young people have been in their own virtual world during lockdown which has led to a lack of awareness and understanding of the world around them.
Steps to get it done:
The creation of Stow Sensory Safe Space, will be a community project. The creation of it will involve the local community who will be consulted with. There will be the use of Local tradesmen and traditional skills which may be handed down. The activities within the garden will promote and instigate positive thoughts and actions. places to sit ,contemplate, share and drink in nature. feel the rough and smooth textures underfoot. feel the different bark textures. Notice and identify the leaf shapes echoed in the tables and peepholes. Breathe deeply and fill your lungs with familiar and unfamiliar scents, learning all the time and tagging those memories firmly in the brain. Reverse every aspect of lockdown and sensory shutdown that has been imposed on us. Become aware of of sensory needs and seek out that need in future so we can heal ourselves with those natural outdoor experiences. Help ourselves to heal, reset the balance and feel anxiety melt away.
About the space
The area is between Stow Primary School, stow nursey and stow community and family hub
Gloucestershire County Council