New children’s centre at Sense Manor Lodge Centre in Market Deeping opens

Mayor Reg Howard opens the new centre, with Sense head of children's services Steve Rose and principal multi-sensory impairment consultant Alex Oram
Mayor Reg Howard opens the new centre, with Sense head of children's services Steve Rose and principal multi-sensory impairment consultant Alex Oram
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A CENTRE that provides care for children with hearing and sight problems has been officially opened at a ribbon-cutting.

The new children’s section of the Sense Manor Lodge Centre in Church Street, Market Deeping, was opened by Mayor of Market Deeping, Coun Reg Howard, on Thursday last week.

The children’s centre, which has been in use for several weeks, is a new addition to the existing adults’ centre and replaces an outreach service.

Facilities include a family room with specialist equipment to encourage learning and communication in a friendly and relaxed environment.

A Sense spokesman said: “Having the centre means that the outreach services will now come together under one roof. The centre is a central point for family days, activities and assessments.”

One youngster who is already reaping the benefits of the new centre is seven-year-old Gregor Fletton.

Gregor, from Corby Glen, has Down’s Syndrome and is profoundly deaf and short-sighted. He does not use formal speech and communicates using Makaton, a learning programme consisting of signs and symbols.

Gregor needs constant support and is unsteady on his feet, having only learned to walk when he was four years old. He visits the centre with his mother Angela once a week to use the hydrotherapy pool.

Angela, 44, said: “We are trying to teach him to swim and to get him used to the water. He loves it. He knows when we are on the road to the centre and he will start making the sign for swimming.”

The family only moved to the area from Scotland 11 months ago, but since then have found the centre and the outreach services invaluable.

Angela added: “The centre is great. Gregor goes to the Willoughby School in Bourne but they don’t do swimming. When he was in Scotland he used to go once a week but here they don’t do that.

“It’s very important and he enjoys it. He is very good with the rest of the children. They also do days out and parties.

“It’s good for us as well as we don’t know anyone in the area.”

To find out more about the centre, call 0845 127 0066.