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Posted On: 16th Dec 2013

Room for Respite

Fixer Lana Campbell
Some service users next to old shed

Two Fixers from Inverness, who volunteer at a care home for people with physical and learning disabilities, want public help to create a new sensory area there.  


Lana Campbell and Jade Fraser (both 17) want to see a dedicated ‘quiet space’ on the grounds of Cheshire House Inverness, which all service users could use for respite.


They’re appealing to local companies to either donate a summerhouse or provide materials needed to transform an existing facility, which has been used in the past but is now too run down and not wheelchair accessible. 


They also need other equipment inside the outdoor structure.


This includes an indoor heater, beanbags, pillows, plants, a raised sandpit and sensory lamps.


Lead Fixer Lana, who’s been volunteering at the home for two years, says: ‘I’ve seen how some of the service users get stressed being around too many people. 


‘So it would be nice for them to have another place to go where they can just relax and have a change of scenery. I know it can make such a difference.’ 


Cheshire House helps people with sensory and physical impairments, those with learning disabilities, children, the elderly and people who’ve had brain injuries. Some live there while others come for the day. 


Lana says she loves volunteering there and explains why the project is particularly close to her heart.


‘I remember during school I had an autistic friend who I used to help with certain day-to-day things, which made me feel like I was making a difference,’ she says.


‘When I first went to Cheshire House I felt like I was back at school and the satisfaction of helping others came back to me.


‘That’s why I’m really passionate about this appeal because making others smile makes me smile too.’


If you would like to donate supplies or find out how you can help with this Fix, contact Fixer’s Young Person’s Coordinator Kirsty Hunter on 07326 264050 or kirsty@fixers.org.uk.

Author: N. Farooq


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