The British Ambassador for Romania, and patron of Libra, Paul Brummell, has officially opened a new multi-sensory room for children with severe learning disabilities on behalf of Libra.
His Excellency took time out of his busy schedule to meet our volunteers at a residential care centre in Bradet - one of our our summer project camps in Romania.
After chatting with student volunteers, Mr Brummell officially opened the new multi-sensory room – which has been equipped and financed with funds raised in memory of Vikki Askew, a passionate advocate and volunteer with Libra, and head of sixth form at James Allen’s Girls School in London, who sadly died earlier this year.
As he cut the ribbon to the new therapy room, the Ambassador thanked everybody who worked in Bradet, which he described as a ‘tranquil’ and ‘great’ centre in which children could grow and develop.
He praised the Libra Foundation, which he said he was now proud to be patron for, and he added that activities organised by Libra were important for the disadvantaged and disabled children of Romania – but also provided invaluable worth to the English student volunteers.
The new multi-sensory room will help children with learning disabilities, autism, ADHD, emotional trauma and genetic disabilities. The room has mirrors, a body-squeeze machine, fibre optic tubes, and bubble tubes with different light effects, and will help the children by intensely stimulating their different senses.
As well as encouraging sensory development, the room can also be used to calm anxious or over-excited children.
Group leader Ros Urwin, an occupational therapist and Libra trustee who lives in East Boldre, and organised the sensory room also had the chance to chat to the Ambassador and explain the importance of the new room.
The Ambassador also met Ellie Sherwood, a professional music therapist who travelled to Romania with Libra for the first time this year, working at all four project bases in Bradet, Moinesti, and two in the town of Onesti.
Ellie, who lives in Walkford, has experience of working with the Roma community in Manchester.
The Chief Executive Officer for Libra, Virginia Darley, said: “We are delighted that for the second-year running, the Ambassador gave up his time to visit one of our projects and applaud the work of all the volunteers. Paul spoke of the very high quality of the work he saw being done and the value of the project for both volunteers and beneficiaries. Paul is not only showing himself to be a champion for Libra’s work but also a wise commentator on the benefits that Libra brings to all engaged with the charity.”