Mayor opens new sensory garden at Optalis’ respite service

June 25, 2018

Optalis respite service centre in Maidenhead that supports people with learning and physical disabilities has officially opened its new sensory garden for customers to coincide with Learning Disability Week 2018.

The service, which is run by social care provider Optalis, enables carers to take an essential break from their caring role. The break can be for a few hours, an overnight stay or several days.

The new garden on Allenby Road, features a special selection of self-watering plants and materials, laid out in such a way to stimulate the senses.

Highlights include a sensory log cabin, a mini-golf course and a wheelchair swing.

Karen Woolford, Registered manager for Optalis respite service said: Optalis new sensory garden

“The purpose of the garden is to encourage the development of certain sensory abilities like smell or touch, and to create a protected, interesting place for people with physical disabilities who may enjoy being, working and socialising outdoors. We hope the new sensory garden will make a difference to the lives of people living with learning and physical disabilities.”

Paul Lion, Mayor of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead and Mayoress Mrs Laura Lion visited the service, on Tuesday, June 19, to celebrate the opening of the new garden and take part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony with Optalis CEO Martin Farrow.

The unique garden has been developed by Stephen Francis at Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, with the vision of creating a model environment through sustainable use of land and buildings.

To find out more about Optalis respite service in Maidenhead please call 01628 781261or email 

Optalis is committed to delivering high quality, sustainable services to our customers. We achieve this through clear policies and by following the ‘Governance and Quality Framework’ to Plan, Do, Check, Act. To develop our culture of continuous improvement the Governance and Quality Assurance team provide information and guidance to inform best practice.

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