New sensory room opens at Hillhall short break facility

Hillhall Short Break Facility located in Lisburn has just opened a brand new sensory room after winning the 2021 Regional Dragon’s Den Awards.

Thursday, 7th October 2021, 2:09 pm
Margaret O’Kane, Director of Adult Services and Jayne McLarnon, Service User

The Dragons Den Awards are an annual event as part of the Staying Connected regional network that supports quality improvement in Social Work.

Hillhall were the overall winners and the £3000 prize money was used to purchase the sensory room equipment. The prize money is funded through the Department of Health via the Social Work Strategy.

Service user Jayne McLarnon and Manager Elizabeth Wade worked together with the service users to create a mood board for their pitch to the Dragons. Working together has made this an interactive and exciting experience while increasing moral during COVID-19. Winning the competition has allowed them to bring their concept into reality, creating a calming space that will benefit all the service users attending Hillhall. The equipment set up in the sensory room has the additional advantage of being portable to allow some service users to avail of the benefits while resting in their bedroom.

Jayne McLarnon, Service User enjoying the new sensory room

The new space and equipment has added another level to the care provided in this bespoke person centred space and the team at Hillhall are very proud of Jayne and the service users who were involved with this project to enhance the facility in such a wonderful way.