Illawarra Community Sensory Room

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The project is called SMILE (Sensory Made Inclusive Leisure Environment) and saw UOW Global Challenges teamed up with CareWays Community to develop a community-based multi-sensory environment (MSE).

MSEs are typically found in education settings (special education) and residential settings for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, as well as in hospitals and residential facilities for people with dementia and mental health issues. As MSEs are typically found in institutional settings, families and carers are not generally able to access these rooms, which provide safe, non-threatening and enjoyable leisure experiences that give the user control to use the equipment in the room to meet their individual sensory needs.

This has changed with the SMILE projects implementation of a MSE in the Horsley Community Centre to inclusively meet the needs of people in the Illawarra and Shoalhaven.


The MSE is available 7 days a week at 82 Bong Bong Road Horsley NSW 2530, and can be booked simply via the online system after an initial induction. The room can be claimed through NDIS plans, under certain core and capacity building line items (both individual and group). Further information is available via CareWays Community on their website at:

Alternatively you can call Melanie on 1300 307 902 or email to [email protected]


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