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Project information

Sensory Hydrotherapy

Hydrotherapy is proven to aid pain relief, circulation, freedom of movement, mobility, reduced muscle spasms, stress relief and new skills development for people with disabilities. Our Sensory Hydrotherapy Pool Project will maximise the therapeutic advantages offered by our hydrotherapy pool.

January 2019 - December 2019

Charity information: Dame Hannah Rogers Charity

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  • Need


    The number of children with disabilities has risen by 20% in 5 years and many young people end up lonely in a retirement home by their twenties. We need support to ensure we can reach more young people and give them opportunities to live a full and happy life. We have experienced a rise in demand for our services and require funding to upgrade our much-used hydrotherapy pool at our Ivybridge site whilst at the same time integrate sensory technology to maximise the sensory impact.


    The Sensory Hydrotherapy Pool Project will offer increased therapeutic advantages to more young people with disabilities, helping to meet the rise in demand for our services. It will also offer an important outlet for communication and social interaction, helping to enhance feelings of self-confidence, self-worth and self-esteem. It will assist young people in reaching their full potential and improve their quality of life.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    to upgrade the Hydrotherapy Pool to be a fully sensory activity


    » install hydrotherapy pool lighting with a range of interactive switching including LED colour wash lighting and effects projectors
    » involve our young adults in helping to choose the lighting effects

    What success will look like

    Success will be 100+ weekly frequent users across the young people we care for with progression in communication and movement recorded by our therapy team

  • Impact


    The number of young people with disabilities who access and enjoy our hydrotherapy pool will increase.
    Skills such as communication and movement will increase and be demonstrated through the therapy team’s regular reports.
    Wellbeing (happiness and confidence) in the young people will increase with higher level observations made by carers, therapists and educationalists.
    The project will lead to happier parents who will observe positive progress in their child’s development.


    There is a risk that we cannot source a supplier to meet our needs. We have mitigated this by meeting with suppliers and holding site visits pre-project funding phase.


    Donors to this project will receive a regular email throughout the project updating them on its progress and an invitation to view the pool once the project is complete.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £8,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £8,000 Sensory Lighting Installing interactive LED lighting and effects projectors
  • Background


    This project will be at our site in Ivybridge which includes: a school, respite centre, children’s home and Hannahwood – a residential campus facility for older students. Our sites offer learning zones, hydrotherapy pool, rebound (trampoline) space, music room, environmental controls, interactive and immersive room, food science kitchen and medical facilities.


    Children and young adults with complex disabilities at our site in Ivybridge, as well as the surrounding community who use the pool on evenings and weekends.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Hannahs is one of the oldest charities in the UK. Operating for 250 years, we have been at the forefront of the changing needs in society for children and young adults with a wide spectrum of disabilities. Our culture is young person first, disability second.
    We are one of only five disability charities in the UK that offers a level of complex services. In 2017, our care for our adult services provision was rated as “outstanding”.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Dr Tanya King

    Director of Young People's Services - has been with the charity for 30+ yrs and began as a therapist. She is the driving force behind this project.