ISG community project for Ipswich school officially opens

10 November 2017

UK - ISG, Thomas Wolsey School, Ipswich

ISG has come to the aid of Thomas Wolsey School in Ipswich to help provide a sensory cabin for pupils with complex physical disabilities, medical needs and sensory impairments.

The school, which is located on Defoe Road, embarked on a project to build a sensory cabin after receiving a donation of £25,000 worth of specialist sensory equipment.

However, the project was at risk of being abandoned after grant applications were turned down.

As part of a collaborative effort with local companies, ISG stepped in to save the project by providing design, construction and fit out services free of charge.

Opened at an official ceremony on 3 November 2017, the sensory cabin will provide a range of stimuli including sounds, vibrations and wind machines which will help pupils to develop and engage their senses.

ISG’s procurement and supply chain manager, Sam Nunn, said: “While ISG is a global company, we are committed to making a positive contribution to the communities in which we operate.

“After hearing the plea for help by Thomas Wolsey School, we could not stand by and watch this project fall by the way-side.

“We are honoured to have played a role, alongside our supply chain and other local businesses, in bringing the sensory cabin to fruition.

“It is a great example of a community pulling together for a worthy cause and I personally feel honoured to have been a part of something so rewarding.

“We hope the sensory cabin will provide a space for pupils to develop and engage their senses, whilst focussing on their wellbeing.”

Thomas Wolsey School manager, Teresa Snowling, said: “With many of our children suffering from sensory impairments, we understand the need for them to enjoy a calm and relaxed sensory space, in which they can enjoy experiences that they may never get the opportunity to otherwise.

“Sometimes the only way we can get a reaction from a child is when they are placed within a sensory environment.

“What a joy it is to see a child able to engage in this way – to see a smile or a look of excitement or enjoyment on their face.

“The sensory cabin will mean so much to so many of our children, their families and the wider community.

“Thomas Wolsey School are so grateful to ISG and all contractors and suppliers who have been involved in this project.”

UK - ISG, Thomas Wolsey School, Ipswich