WHISH column: How our environment plays a huge role

The WHISH mural, newly painted on the wall outside their office this week.
The WHISH mural, newly painted on the wall outside their office this week.

WHISH has been based at St Hilda’s Business Cenre on The Ropery in Whitby for a couple of years now.

As WHISH has grown, so has our environment. We began in a small office starter unit, and when our number of members and range of activities grew, we moved within the centre to our larger hub 18 months ago.

Opening our multi-sensory centre was a dream come true earlier this year, and is being used by non-members on a regular basis.

Now we can offer another facility to local people in the wider Whitby area, with a community room, funded by a grant from Awards for All.

There are a wide range of activities that could run in the WHISH community room, such as singing, movement, yoga, creativity sessions, art and craft, creative writing, dance, to name just a few. 

All of these activities have proven benefits for general well –being, physical and mental health, and would be of great benefit to WHISH members.  By allowing local groups to meet in the community space, WHISH members can access the benefits of participating in the activity without having to take that first difficult hurdle of going to an unknown place, in a room that may well have its own challenges in terms of the sensory environment.

Knowing that you are already in a safe environment can play a significant part in successful participation.

It is also beneficial to WHISH to have a community space where members can show films, present talks, participate in training and have meetings. Environment plays a huge role in managing many hidden impairments and having a well thought out and carefully designed space that supports participation can have a significant and positive impact on individual and group experiences.

Please get in touch with WHISH if you would like to use the facilities for your family friends or group – we will be charging a very reasonable £10 an hour, will all monies being re-invested to improve the facilities. The room can be set out with tables and chairs for meetings, or cleared for an activity as needed.

Refreshments are available in the Centre and the facilities are wheelchair accessible by ramp and lift. Come along and have a look anytime 10 am – 4pm Mondays to Fridays, and we can open other times by prior arrangement.