Arts and crafts themed Sensory Shopping Day for St Austell

Sat 16th September 2017
White River Place Shopping Centre in St Austell is holding another Sensory Shopping Day on Saturday, September 16th from 9am until 2pm with an arts and crafts theme, following a number of hugely successful previous initiatives in the town.

During the day there will be a dedicated art and craft activity, and those who want to get involved can paint a piece of pottery to take home with them. The activity will be led by Kay Henry from Parent Carer Council Cornwall, which supports families who have children with additional need/disability from 0-25, and will be available to provide information for families on the day.

Sensory Shopping Days are part of a wider Ellandi project to help make shopping centres more accessible for everyone, including those with autism, spectrum conditions or learning difficulties, by providing a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere.

Stores in White River Place in the heart of St Austell will be contributing by dimming their lights and quietening in-store music during the Sensory Shopping Day, and there will be a dedicated quiet area in the centre to provide a space for respite.

White River Cinema will also be showing one of its regular, autism-friendly film screenings, with The Jungle Bunch showing at 10.30am.

Bill Holland, Operations Manager at White River Place, said: “We are delighted to be hosting another Sensory Shopping Day in St Austell following the success of the last few events, and the extremely positive feedback our previous events in the town generated. The additional art and craft session will also allow people who are suffering with autism of learning difficulties to take part in the pottery session, where they will paint a piece of pottery and also feel the different textures.

“It is great to see people coming into the town who may have avoided busy shop environments in the past, and being able to enjoy shopping with their family and friends as a number of stores create an environment where people suffering with autism or learning difficulties could feel comfortable.”

Sensory Shopping Days are also designed to help support and raise awareness of autism and spectrum conditions, to better increase understanding about 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.

The art and craft session will be held in the vacant unit in South Side Square, next to New Look at White River Place shopping centre and is free to attend.

For more information and to keep up to date on St Austell events, follow the White River Place social media channels, either on Facebook or on Twitter @Whiteriverplace.

Book now at White River Place Cinema for the autism friendly screening of The Jungle Bunch.

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