Mai-Wel is set to establish a new innovative sensory stimulation space and garden at its Telarah centre thanks to a recently awarded grant.
The grant came from Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation's latest round of funding awarded on Thursday to 12 different projects that will make a meaningful difference to people in need and the social well-being of regional communities.
Mai-Wel will receive $60,000 for the Sensational Spaces project, which will benefit people with a disability who use services at Mai-Wel's Lifestyle & Leisure centre, 'The Hill' in Telarah.
For many people living with a disability in regional areas, opportunities to experience places and spaces that ignite all the senses are rare or limited. For others, overstimulation of the senses can lead to erratic or self-harmful behaviours.
The Sensational Spaces project includes two sensory rooms and a sensory garden which will enable participants to control their use of the space to suit individual needs, empowering them to achieve positive social and wellbeing outcomes.
Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation Chair Phil Neat said this latest round of grants makes new projects possible throughout regional NSW, including $177,940 in the Hunter.
The projects will begin in coming months and are scheduled to be completed within two years.