A Sensory Room to support wellbeing

by Cheryl Kennedy in Bletchley, Buckinghamshire, England

£1,515

raised of £6,500 target

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This project will only be funded if at least £6,500 is pledged by December 21st 2018 at 7:27am

A sensory room to provide a truly inclusive space that will improve the wellbeing of all children and young people within Milton Keynes.

by Cheryl Kennedy in Bletchley, Buckinghamshire, England

Who are we?

I created the AIW (Autism, Inclusion & Wellbeing) Consultancy because three of my children were experiencing a world I had no idea about. A world that was new to me. They were bright, funny and lovely young children. Sometimes their behaviours pushed me to a place of despair and fear.

I struggled to find information, support, diagnosis even. It seemed like there wasn’t the information available or in a format that I could understand.

I needed to help them, to make their dark times more comfortable.

To enable me to understand why they behaved in a way that they did. I felt I was failing as a parent, was I the reason my children were so unhappy, did I not love them enough, what was I doing wrong?

Fast forward seven years.

My eldest son passed all his GCSEs despite us being told not to have high academic expectations. He is now studying level 3 aeronautical engineering.

My youngest son, who has autism and ADHD, is in a mainstream secondary school. He does not need the adult support that he required in primary school.

My daughter is now a confident teenage girl with a talent for drama. She has taken the lead role in many school productions. She is now an ambassador for SEN rights in her mainstream school. You can see her passion in the video at the top of the page.

I realised that the skills, methods and techniques that I accumulated over the years, could be helpful to parents and children that are struggling daily.

I use my wellbeing training to give all children, regardless of need, the tools they need to cope in this stressful, exam pressured world.

This led to the creation of AIW Consultancy in October 2017.

Almost a year to the day, we gained the status of CIC (Community Interest Company), Social Enterprise.

The commissioner agreed that everything we did as a business, was for the benefit of the local community.

What do we do?

Our Crowdfund campaign is to help and support more and more children who are on the autism spectrum as well as those children with anxieties.

Providing valuable training to their parents and school staff. 

With all the cuts to the children’s mental health services, it is vital that we raise funds, to be able to continue to support children with positive wellbeing.

Our Confident Kids and Confident Kids Yoga classes, help children learn to manage their big emotions. Help them to develop self-esteem and grow in confidence. We also help them to develop a can-do attitude, establishing a lifelong toolbox.

Chilled Teen offers support to teenagers, helping them to manage stress, anxieties and pressures of living in a digital world. 

All these skills are vital for our children and young people to grow into well-adjusted positive members of our society.

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We have managed to secure new premises for our wellbeing classes and autism training. We are ready to make a vast and beautiful impact on the lives of many people in the Bletchley and Milton Keynes area.

What do we need?

We need a Sensory Room. There is currently, not a Sensory Room in Milton Keynes that is available to children and parents, during weekends or school holidays. 

For families like mine, it is not always an option to access a soft play area during the school holidays. 

Due to them being so busy and loud. 

The wonderful thing about a Sensory Room, is its calming effect for all children, with or without disabilities. 

The Sensory Room can help children learn to be mindful, taking note of the environment around them. An inclusive safe space for every child.

We know that a Sensory Room is needed. This is not a cost that we can incur and still be able to offer free use of the sensory room at various times, which is what we want to do. You can read our benefits of a Sensory Room blog here: #sensoryroommk

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How can you help?

We would like to ask for your support to help towards the cost of the building and running of a Sensory Room to be proud of. We need to raise at least £6,500 to supply and build the Sensory Room, any extra funding we raise will go towards the running costs of the unit or outreach programs into the local community.

Please donate what you can and give the gift of calm and relaxation to the children of Milton Keynes. 

Every penny raised, will go towards the community, having a positive impact on those children who are struggling right now.  

Together we can prevent as many children and their families from hitting crisis point. 

We want you to be part of our heritage, our future, our tribe #sensoryroommk 

Thank you so much, Cheryl and Sarah.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£40 or more

0 of 50 claimed

£40 Reward

Limited edition #sensoryroommk Mug. Thank you email and a photo of our completed Sensory Room. Also, a photo of you will go on our wall of gratitude.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

Three of our best selling downloads: 60 Minutes Me time, A printable book about being calm and feeling fantastic, Managing angry feelings printable kit, and your name on the wall of gratitude.

£20 or more

£20 Reward

Access to our Online Course; Understanding Autism and Reducing Anxieties. A download of 60 minutes me time workbook and your name on the wall of gratitude.

£30 or more

£30 Reward

Thank you email and a photo of our completed Sensory Room. A download of 60 minutes me time workbook. Your name on the wall of gratitude.

£50 or more

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£50 Reward

6 monthly vouchers for exclusive 30-minute sessions of the Sensory Room for yourself and up to four others – You are free to pass this reward onto a named person. Also, a photo of you will go on our wall of gratitude.

£100 or more

1 of 10 claimed

£100 Reward

12 monthly vouchers of exclusive 30-minute sessions of the Sensory Room for yourself and up to four others – You are free to pass this reward onto a named person. Also, a photo of you will go on our wall of gratitude. An invite to the grand opening event.

£500 or more

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Business recognition donation

Your logo and a backlink to your website will appear on our brand new website. A shout outpost and your logo within our social media pages once a month for a year. We have over 12000 followers on Facebook Invitation to our big opening event, with press coverage and networking opportunities.

£1,000 or more

1 of 2 claimed

Shared Business sponsorship of the Sensory Room

Named as a sponsor of our sensory room within the press release shouting about our amazing new sensory room. Your logo will appear on our Facebook banner seen by over 12000 followers Invitation to our big opening event, with press coverage. Your logo and a backlink will appear on our brand new website. One wellbeing session held in your own MK based staff room.

£5,000 or more

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Complete sponsorship of the Sensory Room

Named as the main sponsor of our sensory room within the press release shouting about our amazing new sensory room Your logo will appear on our Facebook banner seen by over 12000 followers Named on all marketing materials as our main sponsor Invitation to our big opening event, with press coverage logo and backlink will appear on our brand new website. Staff 4-week wellbeing course held at your MK based business.


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