Wooden Spoon Ulster keeps Mencap in play

Rugby legend, Willie John McBride and members of Wooden Spoon visited the Mencap centre on 14th April to celebrate the opening of its new Multi-Sensory Play Area, which is the first of its kind for the learning disability organisation.

Wooden Spoon Ulster donated £67,000 to build and equip the space within Mencap’s nursery for 2-4-year-olds who have a learning disability, autism or developmental delay.

The Multi-Sensory Play Area is part of the new, state-of-the-art Mencap Centre, which officially opened in March. The centre will serve as a new model for early intervention service across the UK and Ireland.

The equipment that was provided by Wooden Spoon Ulster’s donation is specially designed to meet the needs of children with a learning disability, some as young as 2-years-old.

The Multi-Sensory Play Area will give children the chance to improve their speech, hand-eye coordination, motor skills and their understanding of the world around them.

Margaret Kelly, Director, Mencap in Northern Ireland, said: “We are extremely grateful to Wooden Spoon for the funding of the Multi-Sensory Play Area.

“Having a safe and specially equipped space for the children who attend our nursery is very important for their development and wellbeing. We are confident we will continue to expand the services we offer throughout Northern Ireland with top line resources like the Multi-Sensory Play Area.

“This play area is unprecedented for our organisation and we hope the generosity of Wooden Spoon serves as an example of all the good that can come from one donation.”

Peter Wood, Ulster Chairman added: “We were delighted to officially open the Multi-Sensory Play Area today and mark this important milestone with the Mencap team.

“When we donated £67,000 to Mencap last year, the play area was just a concept. Today we had the chance to see it up and running and we met the children who are already benefitting from the equipment. It was so rewarding to see that our donation went to a truly important cause.”

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