The Sensory Truck
Out & About sessions on the Sensory Truck
Through the ‘Short Breaks service‘ Bristol City Council has provided us with a small amount of money to provide some one-to-one session on the Sensory Truck outside the homes of Disabled children.
Due to very limited nature of this funding we will not be taking direct referrals from families for this service (although we hope to be able to extend this in the future)
Referrals for the 1:1 Sensory Truck sessions will be taken via Bridging workers, social workers and other professionals in the ‘Out & About Group‘
The Sensory Truck was funded in its first year by ‘The People’s Millions‘ through Big Lottery Fund.
With this funding we were able to renovate the Truck into the unique resource that it is now. With our unique approach we are able to tackle the issues of need, isolation, rurality and economic disadvantage In one go by providing a free, mobile service that is appropriate to the needs of Disabled children. Providing a break for both the family and the child.
We are flexible in our approach, offering one off taster sessions or block bookings. As an organisation we have 40 years experience of tackiling issues of marginalised communities through mobile community projects.
For families with 1 or more children with disabilities or life-limiting illnesses at home the Sensory Truck can provide a welcome short break from caring, a relaxing one to one or interactive session. Using a range of interaction techniques our skilled workers can support children to work on skills such as colour recognition, vocalisation, gross motor skills, focusing or, just a simple head massage.
Supporting parents and workers to gain confidence and build positive relationships away from hospitals, clinical appointments and the daily stresses of home. For some families special-time is in short supply. We believe that with the Sensory Truck that we have struck upon a special formula. By taking the experience directly to the child this means that the need for stressful and costly specialist transport can be eliminated and so the full benefit of the experience can be maintained for much longer, improving sleep patterns, maintaining moods and supporting relaxation
Here are some F.A.Q’s about the Sensory Truck and how it works
If you would like to talk about booking the Sensory Truck for your school or community group or you have any further questions you can contact us via the contact form
or phone the Inclusive Play team 0117 9551561
or email Manager@bristolplaybus.org
3 years on we are still looking for funds to expand our sensory Truck services to Disabled children and families across Bristol and South Glos-if you would like to support our appeal you can donate using Paypal by simply clicking on the button below or why not have a fundraiser with your school or community group and donate the funds.
You can download and read all about our first year in our ‘Sensory Truck review’ Sensory Review 2014-2015
You can keep up with the progress of The Sensory Truck by joining it’s dedicated Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/SensoryExperience