Teenagers help make Lowestoft Library even more tranquil with sensory event

Mental Freedom group preparing for its sensory event at Lowestoft Library. Picture: Mental Freedom

Mental Freedom group preparing for its sensory event at Lowestoft Library. Picture: Mental Freedom - Credit: Mental Freedom

A group of teenagers helped to make a library a place of even greater tranquillity, after transforming it into a sensory room for an afternoon.

Mental Freedom group preparing for its sensory event at Lowestoft Library. Picture: Mental Freedom

Mental Freedom group preparing for its sensory event at Lowestoft Library. Picture: Mental Freedom - Credit: Mental Freedom

The 13-strong team of 15 and 16-year-olds put on the event at Lowestoft Library, as part of a project called the National Citizenship Service.

Equipping part of the library with sensory boxes containing stress balls, bubble wrap and other items intended to help relieve anxiety, the group aimed to create a calming atmosphere in the library.

A sensory box made for Mental Freedom's event at Lowestoft Library: Picture: Mental Freedom

A sensory box made for Mental Freedom's event at Lowestoft Library: Picture: Mental Freedom - Credit: Mental Freedom

Isla O'Brien, 16, one of the organisers, said: 'The subject of mental health is one that had touched all of us in the group in some shape or form, so we were keen to do something to try and help young people with mental health troubles.

'This event was just a trial, but we felt it went rather well and we are all committed to the cause, so would love to do it again.'

Mental Freedom group preparing for its sensory event at Lowestoft Library. Picture: Mental Freedom

Mental Freedom group preparing for its sensory event at Lowestoft Library. Picture: Mental Freedom - Credit: Mental Freedom


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Along with making sensory boxes, the group - which called itself Mental Freedom - provided mood lighting and music all set out to create a tranquil, relaxing atmosphere in the library.

'I think the people that came along found it really nice and calming.

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'We also really wanted to raise awareness of mental health and help in a positive way.'

As well as organising the event, the group also set about fundraising for mental health awareness charity Mind.

Miss O'Brien added: 'I'd like to say a massive thank you to all the people who remained devoted to our cause and who helped tremendously with the fundraising.'

Their fundraising efforts towards the event and the charity raised around £300.

The sensory boxes made during the event are to be dedicated to Pakefield-based charity Top Cats, which helps young people with disabilities and additional needs.

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