We were recently approached by Worcester Snoezelen Centre to build them an extension to their existing centre. The extension was to offer more space to the centre users for their workshops, along with a new reception area and kitchen.
Worcester Snoezelen offers multi sensory leisure therapy opportunities to people of all ages who have disabilities and additional needs. As a company, Matthews Construction needed no persuasion to use their expertise and list of local contacts for this worthy cause.
Work commenced early 2017 and progressed quickly and smoothly, and with hard work and determination from all trades the project was soon well underway. It was during the first few weeks of the project that we as a company wanted to try and raise some awareness of the centre, which as a charity relies on donations and grants to help them run on a day to day basis. Matthews Construction sponsor players from Worcester Warriors Rugby Club, and thought this a perfect opportunity to get some local celebrities on board and help make the centre known. We spoke to a few contacts at Worcester Warriors, and soon a date was arranged for Francois Hougaard and Wynand Olivier to pay the centre a visit and come and see the work that was being carried out and to meet a few of the centre users at the same time.
On what was quite a dreary day, spirits were not dampened as the players arrived. All hands were already on deck with lots of trades already on site, and the guys quickly donned their hard hats and hi-viz vests to fit in and take a look around. They were shown around the extension site by centre manager Chris Upton, along with directors Chris and Rob Matthews. They also spent some time with some of the centre users in the sensory rooms, chilling out and having some fun and signing some autographs along the way. Worcester News joined them towards the end of the tour, and gathered everyone together for some publicity shots.
Worcester Snoezelen has since held a grand opening evening to celebrate the new versatile activity space. They are now offering dance sessions music and movement workshops and pamper afternoons. These are new services which could not previously be offered due to lack of space. Having the extra space gives them the room, to hold their Silent Arts Auction and Exhibition within the new reception area.
We must also thank many of the local trades that donated materials and their time to this project which include Jewson, Bradford Building Supplies, Worcester University, Blackpole Recycling, DSM Electrical and DVS Heating & Plumbing amongst many others.
To see more of what Worcester Snoezelen do or how you can donate, please visit their website https://snoezelen123.wixsite.com/worcestersnoezelen