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About the Service
About the Organisation
Woodside is for children who have vision impairment, hearing impairment, multi sensory loss, have deaf/blindness and/or complex needs. We support the families and offer a facility that is specially designed to stimulate the senses in a variety of learning situations. We offer friendship, support, outings, courses, toy library and fun all year round.
- An Activity room - This provides a tailor-made environment offering many ways to stimulate the senses to motivate children to play, explore and learn.
- A Creche - This is where families come together to sing and play during our weekly sessions. There is also a large assortment of toys and activities for making music, story and picture books to share, messy fun in the sand and water tray, plus dressing up or pretending in the home and shop corners.
- Parent Room and Toy Library - This is a relaxing area for families to sit around and have a chat. We also have many sensory toys for parents to borrow. The toys in the library are jointly owned by Sense Avon Parents Resource, Look West and the Woodside Family Centre.
- A Sensory room - Our special sensory (Snoezelen) room is a relaxing environment in which children and their parents can enjoy discovering new sensory experiences. There are high levels of visual contrast in the room and it can be set up to offer just one light source at a time which encourages the use of vision. Similarly, children with a hearing loss are encouraged to vocalise by using light sources that move in response to sounds. We also have a Soundbed which transfers music to vibration.
We hold a weekly pre-school group for deafblind / multi-sensory impaired children and their parents / carers and siblings, called Twiglets.The group runs every week on Fridays between 10.30am and 2pm.
There is a weekly drop-in group for pre-school children – Woodpeckers - which runs every Wednesday between 2pm and 4pm.
There is also a Saturday Club which is run by parents on the first and third Saturday of every month.
The Children’s Specialist Service team run several Family Days each year, at a range of venues. View a list of all our Family Days.
Woodside Family Centre is also used as a base for us to conduct holistic assessments.
|Monday||From 09:00||To 17:00|
|Tuesday||From 09:00||To 17:00|
|Wednesday||From 09:00||To 17:00|
|Thursday||From 09:00||To 17:00|
|Friday||From 09:00||To 17:00|
How do people access your service?
Cost: Free to Sense members, non members £3 per child.
Type Of Service
We support the following age groups:
Who can use your service?
Infants, Children, Adolescents, Young adults, Adults.
If you think your child, or a child you are working with, could benefit from the specialist support provided at the Woodside Family Centre, please contact us. One of our team will call you to tell you more about what we do and how that might help your deafblind child.