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Refurbished Formont Centre opens its doors

Published Tuesday, 30 November 2010

The brand new state of the art centre at Formont in Enfield finally opened its doors last week to a great fanfare.

The centre, which supports people with profound and multiple learning disabilities, including autism, epilepsy and those who require assistance in their everyday lives, gave a tour to guests of its flagship facilities.
These facilities include:
- A specially adapted heated, sensory pool for the purpose of exercise, confidence building and pain relief. The pool has lights and music that can assist with stimulation, and can be entered by steps with a handrail or special hoists, so can be enjoyed by everyone;
- A state of the art multi sensory room which has been equipped by various light sources that create a relaxing environment that can be controlled by service users through movement, sound or switch operations. There is also a cinema function, music system, aromatherapy diffuser, bubble tubes and a 'cube' which is an incredible multimedia visual display system that projects special effects onto an interactive 'floor';
- The 'wellbeing room' which has been designed to create a modern exercise facility with hoists, plinths, mats and other equipment. The room also has a touch screen TV to allow service users to fully participate;
- The building also comprises a music room that has been adapted to reduce the level of noise spilling into other areas of Formont, an art room, a DDA compliant kitchen and modern eating area, a computer room with touch screen and other IT accessories to promote service user engagement.
Cllr Don McGowan, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Services said "I have toured this wonderful new building, and met with the people that use it, and I have to say what a great place it is.

"Everywhere there is something taking place. The state of the art equipment that has been installed in Formont allows people the freedom to take part in various activities - for example in the multi sensory room. The pool also allows people who would usually have mobility problems the ability to exercise and move freely.
"This building is state of the art."

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