FAMILY Action, a national charity dedicated to supporting families, announced the opening of its new Sensory Room at the Longtown Children’s Centre.  

The room, designed to provide a calming and comfortable environment for children aged 0-5, as well as those with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) up to 8 years old, will offer families a resource for learning and development. 

Emma Scott, operational manager at Family Action, expressed her excitement about the new Sensory Room, said: “We are delighted to be offering our new Sensory Room to families in and around Longtown.

"Sensory rooms play a crucial role in aiding children’s development and helping them learn to self-regulate their behaviours. We are eager to see the positive impact this space will have on the community.” 

The official launch event was attended by Cumberland Councillor for Longtown Tim Pickstone, who cut the ribbon to mark the opening of the new facility. Councillor Pickstone said: "It was lovely to see Longtown Family Centre in action today and all the different facilities that are there for children and families to use.

News and Star: Longtown Sensory Room Longtown Sensory Room (Image: Supplied)

"The sensory room is a really welcome addition to the facilities, and I hope it will be of great use to local families.” 

Parent Hannah Mawson said: “I enjoyed looking around the new sensory room at Longtown and my baby seemed to love the lights and the bubbles too.

"The staff on hand were all friendly and I'm looking forward to booking the room for me and my baby.” 

Located at Longtown Children’s Centre on Mary Street, the Sensory Room is now open for bookings.

Families interested in utilising this resource can contact Family Action by calling 01228 791775. 

If you are in need of support visit the Family Action website for more information, or call the FamilyLine helpline on 0808 802 6666 or text: 07537 404 282.