A sensory room is a therapeutic space that is designed to stimulate the senses through a variety of sensory equipment. This can include coloured lights, lava lamps, sounds, or equipment like swings, squeeze toys or exercise balls.
Sensory rooms can have a calming effect on children with additional needs. They can provide a sanctuary for escaping sensory overload and can also be used as a therapeutic space for building skills like colour recognition or motor skills.
All of the venues listed here have parking, and all are wheelchair accessible.
Address: Paces Campus, Sheffield S35 3HY
Opening times: Mon-Fri, 9am-3pm
Cost: Room hire £17 per hour
Booking: Online / Email firstname.lastname@example.org / call 0114 284 8401
Concord Sports Centre
Address: Shiregreen Lane, Sheffield S5 6AE
Opening times: 7.30am-9pm weekdays, 8am-4pm weekends
Cost: Room hire £9.90 per hour, for lifeCARD holders
Other: Induction required (£12). Changing Places toilet
Booking: Call 0330 333 0555
Early Days Family Centre
Address: 71 Palgrave Rd, Sheffield S5 8GS
Opening times: Weekdays 8.30am-4.30pm
Cost: Free of charge. Accessible to families from all areas of the city. No age restrictions.
Booking: Call 0114 2734926
Meadowhall Sensory Zone
Address: Management Suite, Oasis Dining Quarter, Meadowhall, Sheffield S9 1EP
Opening times: Closes half an hour before the centre closes
Other: Changing places toilet
Booking: No booking system. Call 0333 313 2000 for info
Address: 40 Little London Road, S8 0UH
Opening times: Mon/Wed/Fri 8.30am-5pm; Tue/Thu 8.30am-7pm; Sat mornings
Cost: Room hire £15 per hour
Other: Induction required (£25). Hoist available (must be pre-booked)
Booking: Email email@example.com / call 0114 2353150 / book online
Norfolk Park TARA
Address: 89 Guildford Rise, Sheffield S2 2PP
Opening times: Weekdays except Wed 2-5pm
Cost: Donation if possible. Open to anyone, not just Norfolk Park residents.
Booking: Call 0114 270 1191 or 07946045089
Address: Firth Park Methodist Church, 8 Stubbin Lane, Sheffield S5 6QL
Opening times: Tue-Fri 10am-2pm, private hire on Sat 10am-6pm
Cost: Private hire £10 per hour, or use alongside soft play sessions with prices starting at £3.75 per child
Other: Up to the age of 11
Booking: Email firstname.lastname@example.org / call 07399 780317
Sheffield Mencap & Gateway
Address: Norfolk Lodge, Park Grange Road, Sheffield S2 3QF
Opening times: Weekdays 9am-4pm
Cost: £5 per hour for one service user and one supporter (maximum two people in the room at any time).
Other: Changing Places toilet. Open to anyone, not just Mencap users.
Booking: email@example.com / 0114 2767757
Sheffield United FC
Address: SUFC, Bramall Lane, Sheffield S2 4SU
Opening times: On matchdays, 1 hour before kick-off until 30 minutes after full time
Cost: Same as matchday ticket pricing in the John Street Family Stand. A complimentary ticket for a PA may be provided based on eligibility criteria.
Other: Supporters can watch the match from the sensory room with seats also available just outside in the stands themselves. Spaces are allocated on a first come, first served basis. Max. five supporters and their PAs
Booking: Email Jon Helliwell, Disability Liaison Officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Address: 139 Catherine Road, Sheffield, S4 7HJ
Opening times: Mon-Fri, 9am-4pm
Cost: Room hire £20 per hour (cheaper options for regular bookings)
Other: Suitable for group bookings. Max. 6 children aged 0-5 years
Booking: email@example.com / 03300 165668
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