After months of hard work, fundraising and planning, Monday 27th September 2021 marked the official opening of our brand-new therapy building. The generous support we have received from our supporters has been crucial to making it all happen.
The demand for bibic services has increased hugely over the two years and we urgently needed more rooms to carry out assessments, more space for families and most importantly, more areas for children to play and for young adults to be themselves in.
We are excited to announce we have a new and improved sensory room, a large family area, and new therapy rooms, including a complex needs room, as well as plenty of new toys and facilities.
We held a small event to mark the official opening and to cut the ribbon to the new therapy building and to thank our supporters for their generous support which has been crucial to making it all happen.
We were joined by Nicholas German and his team at db Paul, who carried out the survey , prepared designs and completed the specification of works. db Paul worked as the contract administrator with Geoff Barratt and his team at Barratt and Canniford Ltd to complete the therapy floor designs.
We were also joined by Paul and Emily Brett as representatives from the Brett family, who made a significant donation towards the new family room. This also allowed us to buy brand new furniture for the seating areas for families, new toys for the children to play with and other furnishings to make the family room feel as inclusive and inviting as possible.
Sophy Layzell and Karin Cumming from the Jemima Layzell Trust also attended the event after their generous support helped us secure new sensory equipment, including a brand-new bubble tube, sound and infinity boards, fibrotic lights, sequin board, water spinner and much more. All of this has created an inclusive and calming environment for our children and young adults to experience whilst visiting us here at bibic.
At the event, there were moving speeches from the Chair of Trustees Laura Voyle and Managing Director Pip Buckley, and the centre was officially opened by one of our wonderful bibic families – with the exciting moment of cutting the ribbon performed by 10 year old Florence.
Thank you to all who made this amazing project possible, with generosity and belief in bibic’s mission, we have managed to create a new area which will allow us to see more families and continue to change lives.
You are more than welcome to come and take a look – just give us a call on 01458 253344.