After extensive refurbishment and thanks to the success of our £1.2m Gold Coin Appeal, the Sovereign Centre is now open. The centre houses a state-of-the-art Disability Hub for local children and young people with disabilities from across East Surrey.
The Disability Hub lies within a wider community centre, providing an inclusive environment where local disabled children and non-disabled children can play alongside each other. Yippee Playschemes and Yip 4 Youth Leisure Schemes for disabled children and young people will be based at the Disabilty Hub and it will act as a springboard for a whole new raft of services.
The Hub will have a sensory room, soft play room and adapted outside play area as well as a number of multi-use rooms for sports, cooking and messy play. Here disabled children will be able to enjoy a safe and stimulating environment where they can make friends and gain skills for independence, supported by specially trained staff and volunteers.
The cost of refurbising the centre and providing the specialist equipment totalled £1.2million, which has been raised thanks to the generosity of grant funders, challenge participants and local groups. The result is a bright, modern and airy space, deserved by disabled children and young people, with specialist equipment that can help them develop physically and emotionally. The hub will also benefit parents, giving them a break from the demands of caring, safe in the knowledge that their children are being well looked after and having fun.
We are fortunate to have received generous support from Surrey County Council’s Aiming High for Disabled Children programme and Reigate and Banstead Borough Council and we have been able to commit funds from our own Challenge Fund.
Work on the fabric of the building has already begun but we need your help to provide the specialist equipment that is needed to allow us to support profoundly disabled children or those with challenging behaviour that need high levels of support. Please help by donating what you can.
- £25 can pay for specially adapted puzzles and toys with large, brightly coloured knobs for children who have difficulty with vision or co-ordination.
- £100 could pay for a large ball pit and multi-coloured balls for disabled children to enjoy sliding into and being submerged in a sea of balls.
- £750 could pay for a light projector to project a rotation of images on the walls of the sensory room, so that we can provide a flexible, ever-changing environment.
- £1,000 will provide bubble tubes for our sensory room, providing a calming yet stimulating sensation for disabled children.
- £1,500 will provide for a variety of shapes for the soft play room, where children can build a tower of shapes to climb before falling onto a cushioned floor. For children who use a wheelchair they love the freedom of movement this allows them.
- £3,000 will pay for a bathroom hoist so that disabled children and young people can be safely assisted in going to the toilet or being changed.
- £5,000 will pay for interactive sensory equipment, where disabled children can change the sounds or colours of the sensory room by moving a switching or making a noise, so that the most severely disabled child can have a sense of control over their own environment.
- £7,500 will pay for a hoist to enable disabled children and young people to move from room to room and fully participate in activities.
- £10,000 will contribute to our outside play area, where specially adapted playground equipment enables disabled children to climb, slide, swing and play or enjoy sand and water play.