New Life Skills Room at Leonard Cheshire

10 Sep

Leonard Cheshire is excited to announce the launch of a new Life Skills Room, designed and installed by Pure AV.

The new room located at the Leonard Cheshire Beechwood care home in Edgerton, near Huddersfield, features interactive screen technology, virtual reality headsets and immersive lighting designed to create a stimulating and engaging environment for users of the space.

Resident and helper using interactive screen

Gemma Mc Corkindale Volunteer Co-ordinator at Beechwood explained:

The project aims to create a stimulating environment for the residents, to enhance their lives and encourage them to experience new things. Beechwood has never had advanced technology in their home, andthe installed equipment will provide disabled people with immersive experiences and help them to learn different skills. This project will be innovative and unique.”

The development of the new space was made possible thanks to a donation by Cummins who are based in St Andrews Road, Huddersfield. A further £1908.75 was raised by Kevin Berry (a manufacturing engineer from Cummins) through sponsorship for the London Marathon. The team at Cummins have a long history of engagement with Leonard Cheshire, having previouslysupported the regeneration of the outside garden spaces at the care home.

Lucy Bristow, Corporate Responsibility Leader at Cummins,said:

“Over the last few years that we have been involved with Beechwood, we have developed special relationships with the staff and especially the residents. It has been a real pleasure for our employees to be working on this project and seeing how it has developed with the residents’ requirements foremost in mind. We were delighted to be able to secure this grant from the Cummins Foundation enabling us to continue to promote equality of opportunity and to enhance the life of residents at Beechwood.”
Resident using the interactive screen
Helper using a VR headset

The audiovisual design and installation was completed by local integrator Pure AV and includes adaptable lighting which can be independently controlled or set to respond automatically to the video content or music being played. Supplied by Sun-Light Solutions, the lighting helps to immerse the room occupant in the space and can be used to completely change the in-room experience.

The official opening will be overseenby Major Stan Hardy, deputy Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire and will take place on the afternoon of Friday 21stSeptember. A welcome address and ribbon cutting by Major Stan Hardy will be followed by the opportunity for visitors to have a tour of the new facility and see the technology in action.

The Life Skills room will also be made available to local schools, community disability groups and volunteers and offers many benefits to a wide range of people and disabilities.

As Gemma Mc Corkindale highlights:

“The adaptable nature of the lighting and the interactive technology available makes the room particularly beneficial to those with neurological injuries, communication problems, and limited mobility. It enables schools in the area, especially schools which are already in our community partnership programme to get an insight into what can be achieved to help disabled people through technology”.

The Beechwood residents have been trialling the room in advance of the grand opening, andthe positive impact that this facility will have on the daily routine at the Homeis already clear to see.

There is great excitement amongst residents and staff in anticipation of the official opening and in the future potential of the room to open up access to new and stimulating experiences for residents and the surrounding community.

Anyone interested in attending the official opening on the 21st September, or in finding out more about the facilities available should contact Gemma Mc Corkindale on 01484 429626 or via email:

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