Rugby Legend Opens New Sensory Room

JASON Leonard OBE, honorary president of Wooden Spoon Eastern Counties, returned to his home county of Essex, where he started his playing career at Barking RFC, to open a new sensory room in the Future Youth Zone in Dagenham.

This project is fully inclusive, and the room will help young people with a wide range of disabilities and additional needs. They will be able to enjoy a quiet space to chill out during sessions, as well as being open during Futurebility sessions every Sunday.

Jason Leonard OBE receiving a thank you card from the young people at Future Youth Zone












Future Youth Zone Inclusion Coordinator, Ella Okerenta, who presented Jason with a thank-you card made by young people, said: “We are extremely grateful to the Wooden Spoon Charity for funding the incredible equipment we have in our sensory room.

“Since we opened, we have had a lot of young people with special needs and quite a few of them have stopped at the door with anxiety, unsure if they could come in and because of this room they have been able to. We had one young person who was unsure, who came to this room and had the time of her life. She made friends with another young person who suffers with anxiety too.

“It is already making a huge difference and enables all our sessions to be fully inclusive for all young people.”

Jason Leonard OBE said: “Future Youth Zone is a fantastic facility, I have to say that. It is really inspiring for young people to be a part of and with the sensory room it’s a pleasure to open a fantastic room like that in a fantastic facility like this.”

As well as members of Eastern Counties some members from Wooden Spoon Essex attended the opening.

2020 Update:
Here are the amazing ways Future Youth Zone has adapted its delivery to provide much needed support to young people in the Covid-19 crisis.

Thank you to Future Youth Zone and all the key workers who are continuing to care for children and young people. We appreciate everything you are doing.