All posts by Kayleigh Newby

Kayleigh Newby

About Kayleigh Newby

Kayleigh is responsible for all the marketing activity at Rompa – print, online, PR and events. Kayleigh plays netball once a week for a local team and enjoys going snowboarding and taking her mini Yorkshire Terrier, Millie, for walks.

Multi-Purpose Furniture

Multi-purpose furniture can greatly enhance life for Older Adults suffering from Dementia and other conditions, they not only delight but encourage engagement and interaction which can be extremely fulfilling. We provide a wide range of multi-purpose furniture which we recently had the opportunity to present to clients at Edmund Street – a local activity centre for the elderly and those with additional needs.  The response from the clients to the furniture was extremely heart-warming to watch and we were able to capture some great photography.

Deluxe 8 Colour Wirefree Controller

The 8 way switch provides endless interactive possibilities. It can be wirelessly connected to other furniture in a room, resulting in immersive colour changes at the touch of a button. This acted as a great talking point for colour preferences and helped to reinforce cause and effect. The switch not only acts as visual stimulation but provides audio too, much to the delight of the clients, the switch ‘speaks’ the number on the button when pressed. When linked to the correct software, the switch also plays musical notes when buttons are pressed. This was particularly popular with the clients as they were able to produce high and low notes themselves and to play their own songs.

    

Please click here for more information on our Deluxe 8 Colour Wirefree Controller https://www.rompa.com/8-colour-wirefree-controller-1.html

Grandfather Glow Clock

The first comment we had regarding our Grandfather Glow Clock was how great it looked in a room. It provides a beautiful, classical timepiece with added sensory benefits. The outside of the clock glows in a variety of different colours. When used with the 8 way switch, this provided obvious enjoyment for the clients at Edmund Street.

   

For more information on our Grandfather Glow Clock click here: https://www.olderadults.co.uk/grandfather-glow-clock.html

Infinity Table

The infinity table fitted perfectly around the sofas at Edmund Street and immediately provided a striking and functional centrepiece for a couple of clients to focus on. The LED lights give the illusion of continuation within the table. This proved a hit when paired up with the 8 way colour switch. The colour changes provided a great talking point.

  

For more information on our Infinity Table click here https://www.olderadults.co.uk/infinity-table.html

To find out more about our entire Multi-Purpose furniture range, visit our Older Adults website: https://www.olderadults.co.uk/reminiscence/house-home.html

The Wonkey Donkey and Rompa

What is Wonkey Donkey I hear you ask? Well the clue is in the name – Wonkey Donkey is a donkey sanctuary and visitors centre that looks after over 21 Donkeys. What makes this Donkey Sanctuary unique is that they have a vision to make their sanctuary more accessible to disabled, elderly and autistic visitors.

Where does Rompa come in?

Rompa has been working with the Wonkey Donkey for over 2 years now. The story began when our MD visited the sanctuary with a friend. She was amazed at what was being done for the animals and was then thrilled to find out that the centre wanted to make themselves more accessible to disabled visitors. During her visit she noticed a small boy with autism at the sanctuary, he had a great time with the Donkey’s but unfortunately when his parents wanted to take a well-earned break in the café there was nothing to comfort him. This visit sparked a long term relationship between Rompa and Wonkey Donkey which followed in the sanctuary installing a sensory area and ball pool.

Accessible days out

For individuals with a disability having a day out somewhere can be a stressful ordeal and often leads to sensory overload, especially for people with hidden disabilities such as autism. Providing a space for people to calm down such as the sensory room at Wonkey Donkey is an excellent way to not only help these people and broaden your market. Autism effects 1 in 100 people in the UK which is over 700,000 in total.

Rompa are proud to work with Wonkey Donkey as they provide an inclusive family day out. For more information take a look at the Wonkey Donkey website www.wonkey-donkey.co.uk

Purple Tuesday – The UK’s Accessible Shopping Day

For people with hidden disabilities a shopping trip can be an overwhelming ordeal as loud noises, bright lights, crowds and unusual smells flood the senses. This experience can leave an autistic child (for example) feeling very agitated and unhappy, making the shopping trip impossible for both them and their parent or carer. This is one of the many reasons why the disability organisation Purple, with endorsement from the Department for Work and Pensions have introduced Purple Tuesday.

Taking place on Tuesday 13th November 2018, Purple Tuesday is the UK’s first accessible shopping day. On this day major retailers and shopping centres are expected to promote accessible shopping by making one long term commitment which makes their venue more inclusive and improves the shopping experience for disabled customers. This could mean installing a sensory room where people with hidden disabilities can go to for some quiet time after or during the shopping trip or introducing a quiet hour.

Making Shopping Inclusive is big business

  • The purple pound is worth £249 billion to the UK economy
  • Autism affects 1 in 100 That’s over 700,000 people in the UK which means that
  • Approximately 2.8m people have a relative on the Autism Spectrum.
  • More than 11 million people in the UK are considered disabled

Rompa proudly supports Purple Tuesday and similar initiatives

Rompa have worked with many businesses in the retail sector that have taken the initiative to make their venues more inclusive. For example, Meadowhall Shopping centre asked us to provide a pop-up sensory room in aid of Autism Awareness Week. The feedback from this was so positive that a permanent sensory room has now made an addition to their facilities as well as a Rompa corner kit being installed into the baby changing area.

Here at Rompa we provide a variety of products for not only shopping centres to consider for Purple Tuesday but for parents and carers alike during their shopping trip. 

Take a look at our tactile range of products: https://www.rompa.com/purple-tuesday