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Hampshire school latest to benefit from BT initiative to help young people with disabilities

Press release   •   Jul 19, 2016 10:44 BST

Pupils at Rosewood Free Scholl in Southampton are set to benefit from a new BT-funded multi-sensory room which will give young people with disabilities the chance to dramatically enhance their learning experience in a stimulating new environment.

The school is the latest to benefit from a partnership between the Lord’s Taverners and BT, who have invested hundreds of thousands of pounds to create 26 special multi-sensory rooms across the UK over the last six years.

Rosewood Free School caters students aged between 2 to 19 who have a range of profound and multiple learning difficulties.

Multi-sensory rooms feature a relaxing and stimulating variety of lights, sounds and textures, which help children with physical and learning disabilities to engage in a learning environment that suits their educational needs.

The equipment helps children to develop communication and physical skills, build friendships and boost confidence. It can also improve children’s physical and mental health, help them develop emotional responses and improve basic numeracy and literacy skills.

Rosewood Free School’s sensory room equipment will be wirelessly controlled and will include a soft play area to develop gross motor skills, a dark room for those with visual impairment and an interactive floor system.

Zoe Evans, head teacher at Rosewood Free School, said: “Many of our students are simply overloaded by the hustle and bustle of the world around them. Making sense of all that is happening is sometime overwhelming and distressing. Using modern technology to calm and order the information they receive is a marvellous step forward.

“Thanks to the support of BT, the Lord’s Taverners and the help of tradesmen from a residential development next to the school, this sensory room will make a difference not just to the lives of our students, but also students from across the borough who may access this resource as part of our growing outreach programme.”

BT’s partnership with the Lord’s Taverners will see multi-sensory equipment – such as lighting, sound effects, mirrors, bubble tubes, fibre optic multi-coloured strands, soft mattresses, music and aromatic oils – installed in at least 26 schools in the UK, supporting more than 18,000 young people with severe disabilities and communication difficulties across the UK.

Stacey King, BT’s regional partnership director for the South East, said: “I am delighted that our partnership with the Lord’s Taverners continues to flourish, with today’s BT sensory room at Rosewood Free School, marking another step on our journey to improving the lives of thousands of young people with disabilities.”

Paul Robin, chief executive of the Lord’s Taverners, said: “The Lord’s Taverners is dedicated to giving young people a sporting chance so we are delighted to work with BT to try and reach our goal of helping over 18,000 young people with disabilities across the UK by 2020. This new sensory room will benefit the teachers, carers and families of Rosewood Free School’s students and enhance the learning experience and future development of its pupils.”

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For more information about the Lord’s Taverners please contact:

Mike Hartwell on 020 7025 0011 or mike.hartwell@lordstaverners.org

For information on BT’s partnership with the Lord’s Taverners please contact:

Ian Read in the BT Regional Press Office on 0800 085 0660.

About Lord’s Taverners

The Lord’s Taverners is the UK’s leading youth cricket and disability sports charity whose objective is to give disadvantaged and disabled young people a sporting chance.

Every year, the Lord’s Taverners donates over £3 million to help young people of all abilities and backgrounds participate in sporting activities. In 2014 alone the Lord’s Taverners gave 8.6 million sporting chances across all of its charitable programmes.

The Lord’s Taverners benefits hugely from the support of its highly regarded members, many of them drawn from the world of sport and entertainment. The list includes Alastair Cook, Andrew Strauss, Greg James, Will Greenwood, James Haskell, Miles Jupp, Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson, Jonathan Agnew and Mike Gatting.

To see the many different ways you can get involved with the Lord’s Taverners, from volunteering, fundraising or even playing cricket for us, please go to www.lordstaverners.org for more details.

The Lord’s Taverners – Registered Charity No. 306054