A sensory unit is due to open at the Pre-School Assessment Centre (PSAC) following a two-year fundraising campaign by Manx Miracles.
Ahead of the official opening on 11th September, the charity and Centre, which is located in Douglas but serves the whole of the Island, have paid tribute to everyone who helped raise the £150,000 needed to provide the state-of-the-art facility.
The sensory unit, which adds to the other facilities in the centre, is designed to develop children’s senses, reduce anxiety and stimulate to encourage learning as well as helping to develop communication skills. Local children under five who aren’t meeting their milestones are referred to PSAC, meaning the Centre caters for a wide range of conditions, such as Cystic Fibrosis, Autism and ADHD, and provides support for children with speech delay, motor difficulties and social difficulties.
Pre-School Assessment Centre head teacher Jo Radcliffe said: ‘At PSAC we aim to help children who need additional support to build readiness for school, by improving their communication skills, resourcefulness and resilience to become more able to get the most out of their lives. Giving them a head start to join and build further opportunities in their schools is so important and this allows us to offer a higher level of training for children and staff particularly in early years.
‘We are so excited about the “Miracle Den” facility, I know it’s going to make a lot of difference to so many children. I would personally like to thank everyone who has contributed, given their precious time and resources, helped fundraise, undertaken challenges to raise money, and any other ways they have helped. We are truly grateful for all the support.’
Manx Miracles was founded by the mum of a former pupil after she witnessed the dramatic difference that the centre made to the life of her child and her entire family. The charity was established to raise money to thank Jo and her team for the wonderful work that they do.
The campaign was well supported and alongside public donations, funds were contributed by charities Manx Mencap and the Island branch of Wooden Spoon; bumping the total raised to over £200,000. To celebrate the launch of the unit and thank all those who helped, Manx Miracles and PSAC are holding an open afternoon on 12th September with drinks and cakes.
Manx Miracles Trustee Damian Bird said: ‘We are thrilled that, with the help from the community, local businesses and other local charities, we have managed to meet the goal of building this fantastic facility in just two years.
‘We are so pleased to be preparing for the opening of the unit, and really wanted to hold a small event to show the Island what their generous donations have achieved and to thank personally as many supporters as we can.’
If you would like to join the celebration please contact Manx Miracles on 208020 for more information.