Our clients at Chipping Norton Community Centre have enjoyed new sensory equipment and spending quality time regulating emotions and behaviours. With more clients returning to the site, staff have been getting the sensory room updated by exploring new relaxation options.

Our Community Centres are safe and supportive environments where clients can express themselves, learn new skills and achieve their dreams.

“With more clients recently returning to the community centre, our Lifestyle Assistant, Fatmah Arja knew that they would benefit from some new sensory equipment. So she brought in a new galaxy light and it has been creating a calm and relaxing environment for all the clients,” said Senior Lifestyle Assistant, Elyza El Samman.

Chipping Norton Community Centre has a sensory room complete with a sensory iWall, bubble machine, massage chair and fairy lights. It is a great place for clients to relax or de-escalate if they are feeling overwhelmed.

“The galaxy light was a great idea because it is portable. We have set it up in the common area and the clients have been enjoying it. One of our clients who was feeling anxious settled right away once he turned it on,” continued Elyza.

For community centre client Sarah, who visits the centre four days a week, she has been making the most of the quiet time during the NSW lockdown.

“Particularly with restrictions and lockdown, the sensory equipment has been a great distraction for clients like Sarah, who normally enjoys going out to places in the community,” said Elyza.

One of her favourite regular community access activities is to visit the local airport and watch the planes land. She is excited to visit once again when the lockdown ends.

Chipping Norton has also been practising their dance skills for Affords Got Talent and redecorating their centre to stay positive during these challenging times.

If you are ready to develop your life skills and reach new goals, learn more about Afford Community Centre.

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