Sensory Shopping Day for St Austell

Mon 5th June 2017

White River Place Shopping Centre in St Austell will be holding a ‘Sensory Day’ on Saturday June 10th, from 9am to 2pm, as part of a wider Ellandi initiative.   

The day is designed to support and raise awareness of autism and spectrum conditions, and how people with these conditions, or other learning difficulties, can sometimes find it challenging to cope with being in a busy environment with lots of loud noises and bright lights.   

On the day White River Cinema will be running one of their regular autism friendly screenings, full details of which are available on their web page, and there will be a performance by the local Doubletrees School Choir at 11am in Aylmer Square.   

Bill Holland, Operations Manager at White River Place, said: “We know shopping can be a really difficult experience for people suffering with autism or learning difficulties, so on this day we will encourage stores to either turn their instore music off or have it at a very low level. Lights will also be dimmed where practical and safe. We will also be providing a sensory quiet area. The aim of the day is to raise awareness and help those who experience these difficulties to feel more at ease in our shopping centre.   

“This is the first time we have run such a day in the centre, and we hope this will be the start of regular sensory shopping here in St Austell.  

To help our local community, as well as raising awareness we are planning further training and engagement with our retailers to develop future days”   

For more information and to keep up to date on St Austell events, follow the White River Place social media channels, either on Facebook at or on Twitter @Whiteriverplace.   Book now at White River Place Cinema for the autism friendly screening of Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge on the 10th.

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