Blues hero cuts ribbon at sensory studio

People with learning difficulties who use a vital community centre are today benefiting from its new multi-sensory studio.

STOWMARKET: People with learning difficulties who use a vital community centre are today benefiting from its new multi-sensory studio.

The new facility at the Stowmarket Resource Centre in Crown Street was put together by Mike Ayers Designs, based in Stanton, which specialises in producing equipment for adults and children with special needs.

The studio was unveiled to coincide with the centre's Christmas Coffee Morning and the guest of honour was Ipswich Town legend John Wark.

The centre's manager Louise Clarke said Mr Wark had only received his invitation the day before but had dropped everything to attend, much to the delight of many of the centre users.

She said: “The guys were over the moon - we have got a couple of avid Ipswich Town supporters and when he walked in the building it made their day.

“It was really nice to see him.”

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Miss Clarke, who has been the centre manager for 18 months, said the new studio would be a big boost to people with a range of disabilities and learning difficulties.

She added: “It's about making sure that the equipment is used to the full potential - there is quite intensive training that the staff have got to go through.

“It's for everybody - visually impaired, hearing impaired, people with mobility problems.

“It's an amazing facility to have up and running and hopefully it will benefit not only ourselves but our partnerships as well.”

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