Sensory and Quiet Rooms

High Rise features an innovative, state of the art Sensory Room and a Quiet Room, which are designed to offer an accessible and welcoming space for all.

We know that finding places to take children and adults who have complex additional or sensory needs can be challenging. At High Rise in Lisburn, we have created unique spaces that are accessible and welcoming to all and can be used to stimulate or to relax.

We have a specially designed Sensory Room and a separate Quiet Room, which can be adapted to meet a range of needs and interests – whether that’s playing with sensory toys, engaging with the stimulating range of equipment, or simply switching off and chilling out. We have carried out extensive research with families, support workers, charities and sensory professionals to ensure the design and development of these rooms has been led by the people who will be using and benefiting from them .

National Lottery Community Fund

The installation of the Sensory Room and the Quiet Room in High Rise has been funded by The National Lottery Community Fund. This has been made possible thanks to National Lottery players. On behalf of those who will benefit from these facilities, we are very grateful for their support.

Sensory Room leaflet

Download our Sensory Room leaflet here for further information, including on prices and session times.

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Sensory prices

All Sensory Room sessions last for one hour.

Baby (under 2): £2

All other guests (age 2 and over): £4

Accompanying parent or carer: £1

Book six sessions in advance, only pay for five!

The Sensory Room can be booked for exclusive use by individuals or groups at a cost of £20 per hour.

If you would like to book a session in the Sensory Room at High Rise, please contact us for details and to reserve a place.

About our Sensory Room

The Sensory Room is designed to help individuals develop and engage their senses, including lights, colours, sounds and sensory equipment all available in a safe environment for children and adults to explore without risk.

The benefits include:

  • Providing sensory stimulation for individuals with sensory processing disorders, additional needs or autism
  • Empowering individuals to interact with their environment, improving balance, movement and spatial orientation, and helping develop visual processing abilities and motor skills
  • Promoting mental and emotional well-being and addressing behavioural problems
  • Supporting those who have experienced trauma, bereavement or have been diagnosed with dementia.

The settings in the room are adjustable to empower individuals and their carers to enjoy the atmosphere most appropriate for them.  Users can tailor the room to suit their needs – whether that is continuing with a programme prescribed by a health professional, or simply allowing the individual’s visual and physical senses to be stimulated.

The Sensory Room may be booked for individual or group use – the maximum capacity at any one time will vary, depending on the individual needs of the guests.  Advance booking is recommended as capacity is limited. Due to the nature of the facilities, on certain occasions the sensory room may be booked for exclusive use, so please ensure to call ahead to avoid disappointment. Please note that parents and carers always remain responsible for the child or adult they are supporting.

If mobility is an issue – we have a mobile hoist that can assist users to fully benefit from the room. Please ensure you let us know beforehand if you require use of the hoist, and you will be required to bring your own slings.

Sensory Co-ordinator

We are delighted that High Rise has an in-house Sensory Co-ordinator who has experience with individuals with additional needs. The Sensory Co-ordinator can be available by prior arrangement to help you get the most out of the equipment in the Sensory room, and can support you in ensuring you and your family or group have a great experience in the centre.

About our Quiet Room

For children and adults with certain conditions, everyday activities can sometimes become overwhelming. Frustration caused by their surroundings can result in anxiety which, if left to escalate, can lead to a ‘meltdown’. Based on our extensive research with families and professionals, we have created a specially designed Quiet Room to enable these individuals to benefit from a calm, relaxing and safe space.

The Quiet Room can also be used by families to access information from Employers For Childcare’s Family Benefits Advice Service.  Our team can provide personalised advice and information to ensure you and your family are getting the financial support that you are entitled to.   Last year we helped over 13,600 people and carried out more than 7,500 calculations for parents. Prior booking is essential – please contact our Family Benefits Advice Service on 0800 028 3008 to schedule a conversation. Remember, your children must be supervised for the duration of their visit to High Rise. 

Know before you go

We know how important it is to be prepared for your visit, so here is some further information to know before you go.

  • Sensory Room sessions are 1 hour in duration.
  • The Sensory Room will be available to more than one guest at a time, unless it is booked for exclusive use. High Rise will endeavour to accommodate the needs of all guests however this may not always be possible – for example, preferences for different light colours or music.  All needs should be discussed with our Sensory Co-ordinator, or another member of staff.
  • The maximum capacity of the Sensory Room will vary depending on the individual needs of the guests.
  • All guests under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a supervising adult at all times.
  • High Rise staff monitor the Sensory and Quiet rooms, however they do not take responsibility for the supervision of guests. The Sensory Co-ordinator can assist in supporting guests to have the best experience within the room.
  • Guests and/or their supervising adult must complete a questionnaire ahead of their visit providing details of their needs so that the Sensory Co-ordinator can prepare and assist in delivering a positive experience.
  • High Rise is a nut free zone – please do not bring products containing nuts into the centre.
  • High Rise reserves the right to refuse entry, or ask any persons to leave in the interests of safety for all guest

We want everyone to enjoy their visit to High Rise and have attempted to create an environment that is as safe as possible. However, the very nature of children’s play activity means that accidents can occasionally happen.  We cannot therefore accept responsibility for injury or damage to children or their clothing whilst using the sensory rooms. Parental supervision is essential. You can view our full terms of use here

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