We are thrilled that many people are now aware of our charity, the idea and concept that we developed in 2014 and are seeing the results that are emerging now and it’s incredible!
Starting with The Nathan Shippey Sensory Room at SAFC, followed by Notts County and most recently, Chesterfield FC’s pop up provision. We are absolutely thrilled that so many people are currently benefiting!
It really is imperative that these facilities are being made available. You see, sensory difficulties are incredibly debilitating. Someone who has these difficulties are completely unable to be in certain situations.
A sports stadium is one of those situations. As a neurotypical person, I am unable to stand the noise of nails scraping down a blackboard. I will very quickly leave the area to escape it. How about you?. Now imagine going along to support your team. Imagine hearing the start of that screeching noise in the distance and knowing that you had to walk into it. And then you’re there. It’s loud and there’s no let up other than to leave. Not only does it hurt your head, bother your nervous system to an extreme degree but it’s agitating too.
Currently, many stadia nationwide feel that it’s ok for a huge number of people in society to be excluded, simply through lack of sensory viewing facilities. There are approximately 700,000 people in the UK diagnosed with Autism, with a high percentage of these people suffering from sensory difficulties. Now, it’s not just Autism! Think about other conditions which can be affected with sensory difficulties: SPD, Downs Syndrome, ADHD, Depression, Agrophobia. That’s just to name a few.
The more people behind us means more support for us to encourage clubs to provide these facilities. It doesn’t take much, but it needs to be right, in the right environment with the right equipment. It needs to be right the first time to work.
Not all disabilities involve wheelchairs and we are raising awareness of hidden disabilities which also need addressing in a big way.
Please do link up with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn and invite your pals to do so to! The more our charity is known, the more clubs will provide the facilities!
Thank you all for the likes, shares, retweets and emails, they mean a lot to us and are very much appreciated!
LET’S KEEP GOING!!!