Social Care Charity Unveils New Sensory Equipment

Helen Bridges, Assistant Director of Operations, and Fawzia Beebeejaun, Green Lodge Manager, at the launch of the Comi vista interactive flooring

An Essex based social care charity has unveiled high-tech sensory equipment at one of its services earlier this month.

The Mayor of Redbridge, Councillor Gurdial Bhamra, visited Vibrance’s Green Lodge service, in Woodford Green, to celebrate the launch.

The brand new equipment, the OMIVista Interactive Floor Projection System, is the result of a variety of fundraising activities held in 2016. The audio visual equipment has over 300 applications to interact with, and creates a learning environment and active participation. The sensory equipment stimulates language and physical and mental development, as well as being fun.

Green Lodge provides 24 hour short break accommodation, personal care and nursing care for adults with severe learning disabilities and complex healthcare needs. During a stay at Green Lodge, service users can experience a variety of activities including visits to the theatre, pubs, bowling, and day trips to the seaside and country parks.

The opening event was held on Thursday 12th January at 11am, and invited the Mayor of Redbridge, commissioners, parents, service users and staff to see the new equipment, and enjoy a homemade buffet lunch.

Local recruitment, training and care company, ENS, who has worked with Vibrance for over 10 years, held a 25 hour spinathon event last summer as part of its 25th anniversary celebrations, to help raise money for the sensory equipment. The event was a fantastic success, with over 40 people taking part, and raised more than £1,800.

The money for the brand new equipment was also fundraised by Romford resident, Darren Hegarty, who took on the gruelling challenge of the Prudential Ride, cycling 100 miles from London to Surrey. Darren, a senior site manager, raised more than £3,500, and chose to fundraise for Vibrance as his mother, Kathleen, is a project worker at the charity.

Speaking of the new equipment, Green Lodge Project Manager, Fawzia Beebeejaun, said: “I am absolutely delighted with the new equipment, and we’ve had a great response from our service users, who all think it’s fantastic. The official launch was a great opportunity for people to see the new equipment and what we do here at Green Lodge.

“I would like to say a big thank you to ENS and Darren, whose fundraising efforts made it possible for us to purchase the equipment.”

Ilford based charity, Vibrance, supports 400 people in traditional services throughout London and the South East with learning disabilities and mental health issues, offering a range of community day services, low-support housing, nursing and care homes, short breaks, supported employment, as well as supporting 1,500 people in self-directed services.

The organisation employs around 400 people and was named in The Sunday Times ‘100 Best Companies To Work For’ in 2010 and 2012.