Tuesday, 24 May 2011

School to receive a new sensory room

Money has been donated to a specialist learning centre in south Leeds to help build a new sensory room.

Sensory rooms provide a creative teaching and experiential environment for a whole range of pupils with a variety of needs. Broomfield Specialist Inclusive Learning Centre (SILC) will be the first school in the area to have a sensory room of this kind which will be of benefit to a wide range of children.

Aire Valley Homes, who manage and maintain council housing on behalf of Leeds City Council, have donated £3000 towards the installation of a new sensory room at Broomfield South SILC, with Morrison, their new maintenance provider, to provide the labour and materials to help install the new sensory room.

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All media are invited to Broomfield South SILC on Thursday 26 May at 10am to see the presentation of a big cheque to the School Principal John Fryer. Aire Valley Homes Chief Executive and a representative from Morrison will be in attendance. Please call the press office on 0113 247 4450 to arrange attendance.

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Simon Costigan, the newly appointed Chief Executive of Aire Valley Homes said:

“This is a really worthwhile project which Aire Valley Homes is proud to support through a financial donation to purchase specialist equipment, which will help the development of a number of local children who access services through Broomfield School.

“Aire Valley Homes is committed to working with our communities to improve the quality of life for our residents, and looks forward to developing a longer term partnership to support Broomfield School through our ongoing corporate social responsibility programme.”

Mark Waterhouse, partnering director for Morrison said:

“Morrison is committed to working in the local community in Leeds and we are very pleased to be able to support this very worthwhile project, which will provide a much needed resource for children with special education needs within the local community. We are particularly pleased to be able to provide the labour for this project because it allows our skilled trades people to get involved as well, which is always something they are keen to do.”

John Fryer, Principal of Broomfield South SILC said:

“We are delighted that Aire Valley Homes and Morrison are supporting us with this project. Without the support and generosity of businesses and the local and wider community we would not be able to pursue such a project. We aim to provide a unique educational facility that pupils from our school and our surrounding schools can greatly benefit from. Pupils will be stimulated and encouraged to develop creative thinking through a multi-sensory experience of innovative light, sound, projection and space which cannot be created in the normal classroom.”

Notes to editors:
Aire Valley Homes Leeds is one of three Arms Length Management Organisations (ALMO) which manage and maintain council housing on behalf of Leeds City Council. They are wholly owned by the council, which retains ownership of housing stock and sets rents.
Aire Valley Homes Leeds covers the areas of Barwick-in-Elmet, Swarcliffe, Garforth, Micklefield, Kippax, Swillington, Allerton Bywater, Methley, Rothwell, Middleton, Morley, Drighlington, Cottingley, Beeston, and Holbeck.


For media enquiries, please contact;
Cat Milburn, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 4450
Email: Catherine.milburn@leeds.gov.uk