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Jesse’s Trainee Challenge: School sensory room makes a splash

A Willmott Dixon trainee has created an 'underwater' sensory room at a school for boys with emotional, behavioural and mental health needs.

Jesse Efionayi, a Senior Service Desk Agent at Willmott Dixon, chose to support Brandles School, in Baldock, Hertfordshire, to help show the community cares about the students and dispel myths about those often labelled as 'bad teens'.

Brandles sensory 1.pngJesse said: “We hope to improve each one of the students’ lives by providing them with a place where they can relax and talk through their emotions."

The project was part of the Willmott Dixon Trainee Challenge, where new starters get £500 seed money to manage a worthwhile community project in support of the Now or Never strategy. Jesse’s refurbishment of the room, used by more than 60 students at the school, aimed to make a positive impact on the lives of people and support the wider community.

“The school was desperate for any sort of help, and I think the room we delivered a high quality sensory room that went above and beyond their expectations,” said Jesse.

The new sensory room has an underwater theme, with Willmott Dixon and supply chain partners providing new décor, LED light tubes, diffusers, weighted blankets and many other items to help stimulate vison, touch, and smell.

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