"See Hear" Sensory Learning project
We would like to install Braille boards and a hearing loop into our sanctuary so we can educate the visually impaired and hard of hearing. It would be for children and adults who are sensory deprived, we already cater for physically challenged and our whole sanctuary is wheelchair accessible.
January 2015 - January 2016
Charity information: Suffolk Owl Sanctuary
We want to be the first tourist attraction in East Anglia to be able to cater for every disability we possibly can, we are trying to make learning equal for everyone regardless of disability, as often people forget that sensory deprived people want to learn too. By installing Braille and audio descriptions next to our regular information boards we are catering for more people therefore giving everyone the same chance of learning the same information.
We will be confident in the knowledge that we have done our utmost to cater for all disabilities including sight and sound deprivation, and that the message we are trying to put across regarding Owls and conservation is reaching the widest audience we can possibly reach, including specialist schools who cater specifically for young children who are at the learning stage and want to know more about wildlife
Install Braille information boards around our sanctuary.
Activities» We will continue to fundraise holding special events at the sanctuary, continue to work with local schools to raise awareness of sensory disability
What success will look like
Success will be measured by a marked increase in numbers of sensory deprived visitors to the sanctuary and more specialist schools attending our educational tours
Install a hearing loop in our education centre and demonstration arena.
Activities» We are working with lots of outside agencies to raise funds to install a hearing loop, we are being helped by local community who also fundraise
What success will look like
Success will be measured by us being able to educate everyone equally and receiving positive feedback from our visitors which we encourage by means of a comments book.
We record the numbers of visitors to our sanctuary and have already started to see an increase in the numbers of disabled visitors and specialist care centres/ schools as we have recently installed new pathways and a purpose built disability play area in our sanctuary. We are striving to cater for all educational needs which is why we want to cater for visual and hearing disability also.
There could be a slight risk that the Braille boards and sound loop may not be used as much as we would like to think. We have liaised with people in our local community and schools to ensure they know we will have the facilities they can use free of charge for other means ,such as using the hearing loop for other educational purposes other than talks by us about wildlife.
We produce a twice yearly newsletter which we send to 65k supporters, we also have a website where we post weekly blogs, Any new developments are reported & sponsors kept informed of developments throughout the year also what we have achieved with their donations, we also post on Facebook, twitter
Budget - Project Cost: £25,400Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £10,000 Braille Boards We need to add over 50 additional boards £5,400 Hearing Loops we plan to install two £10,000 Audio Boards We need about 20 of these
Current Funding / Pledges
Source Amount Yorkshire Building Society £10,000 Guaranteed
The Suffolk Owl Sanctuary is nestled in the countryside of East Anglia in a village called Stonham Aspal, We not only reach out to local people we also work on a larger scale visiting schools, community groups, Country shows/fetes spreading the word about conservation, we also work with landowners from the region providing advice regarding our native Owls and birds of prey including information on nest boxes and habitat.
We are the only tourist attraction in East Anglia that cater as exclusively as we do for disabled people and the wider community, we are in a very rural area and are one of the the focal points in our community. We work with local people( who build our wild owl nest boxes), local & Regional schools, veterinary students, day release prisoners, special needs, School work placements and local volunteers
We have been a registered charity since 2001, we work with groups and schools from all over East Anglia, we are very diverse in our work and cover education, conservation, also injured bird rehabilitation. We are very rural and there is no other charity that offer our services in over a fifty mile radius of Suffolk. We also work with local business and community groups and are well known for the work we do within East Anglia
Read more about the Charity running this project.
Marie is in charge of the Bird hospital, she is also a falconer and unofficial fundraiser and has brought many projects to fruition at SOS
Chris is one of the Trustees here at SOS and is in charge of all budgeting, He is very proactive and gets involved with all projects we do here.
Will pay for one hearing loop