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Project information

Focus Sensory Garden

We want to build a sensory garden to provide an interactive, exciting area for our service users full of vibrant colours, scents and sounds. A sensory garden will enable us to improve the comfort, health and wellbeing of our users while also providing educational benefits and stimulating the senses.

1 Month

Charity information: Focus Birmingham

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  • Need


    Focus day services work with adults from nineteen upwards affected by sight loss and other disabilities to deliver a stimulating programme of activities to ensure each individual can achieve their full potential. Our current garden is small and outdated and lacks any interactive elements for our service users and as a result of this our staff have to rely on trips off site in order to provide outdoor activities and sessions, which can sometimes be hindered by resource related barriers.


    An on-site sensory garden will add considerable value to our service. Our service users will be able to enjoy nature and relax, reflect and socialise in a safe and peaceful environment. Plants, landscaping and other features are selected for their appeal to all five senses with the aim of offering a richer and more stimulating, therapeutic experience to a range of people with a range of different needs. Our staff will also be able to facilitate a number of sessions without travelling offsite.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide a more stimulating and interactive experience for our service users.


    » Install a variety of interactive equipment into the garden, including musical chimes, a bubble machine, a water feature and a wobble bridge.
    » Carefully select plants and flowers that will engage the senses, such as fruit trees, mint, lavender and honeysuckle.
    » Staff to develop and facilitate more sessions outdoors to increase learning and development.

    What success will look like

    The satisfaction and enjoyment of our service users and the way in which they interact with staff and the facilities in the garden.

  • Impact


    The aim of the project is to provide interaction and stimulation to our service users, therefore we expect to see an improvement in the learning, development and behaviour of our service users on an individual basis. We also hope to improve staff satisfaction and motivation by enabling them to provide an even better service and enhance their working environment.


    Staff and service users health and safety when in the garden - To ensure the health and safety of both service users and staff, all staff members will be fully trained in using the equipment and only appropriate activities will be scheduled in the garden and are subject to outside conditions. We have also sourced a reputable supplier specialising in sensory technology to install the garden to ensure the highest standards and quality.


    We will provide written updates to our donors and donors are invited on a tour of the facilities upon completion of the garden.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £29,394

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      Amount Heading Description
      £8,800 Sensory Pathway and patio The pathway will be installed using a range of surfaces to provide different textures.
      £795 Tactile Panel Panels of different textures and colours
      £4,848 Artificial Grass To provide a colourful but easy to maintain place to sit
      £4,445 Curved Planters and Plants To be filled with sensory plants and features.
      £500 Bubble Machine Unit to dispence bubbles upon service user pressing buttons.
      £5,696 Water Feature Dancing interactive jumping water jets and metal water sphere
      £3,315 Musical Features Large musical chimes,cymbals, bongos, keyboard panel and windchimes
      £995 Wobble Bridge Wheelchair accessible wobble bridge.

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Baily Thomas Charitable Fund £5,000 Conditional
    Lillie Johnson Charitable Trust £2,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The sensory garden will be built on site at our day centre in Harborne, Birmingham where we have been based for over 100 years, originally part of the Birmingham Royal Institute for the Blind. While our location is central in Birmingham we have a fleet of minibuses to enable service users to access our services.


    Our day services teams work with adults from the age of nineteen upwards, to deliver stimulating programmes of activities which are tailored to the needs of the individual. We specialise in working with people with visual impairment and other complex needs and providing appropriate support so that each person can achieve their full potential. Our day services team are in high demand and currently over 90 service users are accessing our day services.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Focus Birmingham are already providing an excellent service and facility to it's service users but we believe a sensory garden will help us improve this even further. We have the right resources, facilities and space to implement a sensory garden and ensure that once it is installed all our service users are able to use it to its full potential, depending on their individual needs.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Jasmin Rana

    Fundraising and Marketing Manager - To manage the team that will secure fundraising pledges and online donations for the project.

    Colette McMahon

    Facilities Manager - To ensure the health and safety of service users and staff during the project as well as logistical aspects.

    Idris Mohammed

    Day Services Manager - To manage the day services team effectively to ensure that service users interact and engage effectively with the garden.