Opinion: How demand for WHISH services has increased

Yvonne Harrison of WHISH with one of the many items in the new sensory room.
Yvonne Harrison of WHISH with one of the many items in the new sensory room.
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The WHISH Multi-sensory centre had loads of new visitors at our open week in – childminders, nursery nurses, teaching assistants and teachers, adult care workers, a counsellor, playgroups and private individuals.

We continue to be open for other people and organisations to visit and see the facilities, usually Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm, but other times can be arranged. Demand has increased hugely in recent years and we currently work with 130+ children and their families. Many more parents and children need support and more children would like to become involved in WHISH activities.

We are actively fundraising, members and public donations have raised thousands of pounds in the last year, to help with our venue, activities and staff costs. We would like to do more to help local families by opening longer each day and at weekends, so more people could attend the parent support sessions and access the sensory room.

We would like to by increase both our number and variety of activities and run some dance, music and martial arts sessions for children, buy sofas for a social space and transform the corridors near our rooms with photographs and a fabulous mural.

We would love to hear from anyone who could help us achieve these things.

All of these activities are aimed at helping young people in the local community learn new skills,reduce social isolation increase confidence and self esteem. Through time, this will increase individual and family resilience and empower families to support each other.

We are currently collecting chocolate and bottles for our fundraising tombolas in April, please donate if you can.