Step into a new Sensory Garden in Swansea

Posted by / Saturday 19 March 2016 /

Staff from Marks & Spencer in Carmarthen gave up their time last month to create a sensory garden for Stepping Stones Children’s Centre in Swansea. 


On Friday 26th February, volunteers arrived at the Centre and in just a few hours transformed the space outside the building into a multi-sensory experience.

The children attending the Stepping Stones will now enjoy sensory exploration through a visual, auditory and tactile environment which is calming, relaxing and intriguing.  

This transformation was part of the Spark Something Good campaign which is a way of encouraging the retailer’s staff and customers to make a difference in their community.

Swansea is one of 24 cities chosen across the UK where M & S staff and customers are asked to complete 24 local community projects in just 7 days.

We’re delighted that the Carmarthen staff chose Stepping Stones Children's Centre for their project! 

"After a hard day’s work, the garden now looks bright and colourful and will be a great space for our children to play in when the weather improves."

Shankari Sivakumaran, Manager of Stepping Stones Children's Centre

Set up in 1979, Stepping Stones is a Child Development Centre for children aged 0-4 in the City and County of Swansea, who have a diagnosed or emerging disability. Children are referred to the Centre as early as 3 months mainly by health professionals.

Stepping Stones also supports parents and families by giving them the help, advice and signposting as necessary. The Centre works as a multi-agency setting with speech therapists, psychologists, occupational therapists, social workers, health visitors, community paediatricians meeting with children and their families on site. 


Stepping Stones also has an Outreach Autism Family Support Worker and Portage Workers - staff who visit families in their home to provide a service if they are unable to attend the Centre.

There are currently 75 children attending Stepping Stones (up to 18 children per day) and staff provide one to one play and development sessions plus group sessions. The aim is to improve children’s outcomes in the following 5 areas

  • Communication and Play
  • Cognitive play
  • Computer play
  • Sensory and Social play
  • Creative play
"It was very interesting to transform the outdoor play area garden at Stepping Stones into a multi-sensory garden. It was an amazing outcome to an amazing Centre."

Roxanne, Marks and Spencer Carmarthen

In Wales, we deliver services to children and families across all 22 local authorities. Click to find out more about Stepping Stones Children's Centre.

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