Nexen Petroleum helps school create sensory space

An Aberdeen primary school is set to create a new sensory room for its pupils after receiving a £2,000 donation from Nexen Petroleum UK.

The oil and gas operator has gifted the funds to Kingswells School to help them develop a dedicated sensory space for pupils of all ages living with autism and other related conditions.

The school already has a small sensory space, which helps children with autism to develop social and language skills, but is now able to completely transform it following the donation, with initial work set to begin next month.

New flooring, customised soft-touch walls, bubble tubes and a music panel are all planned for the new room, which will be fully interactive and specially designed to improve pupils’ senses and boost development.

Francesca Ray, Nexen’s Donations Committee chairperson, said: “We are very pleased to be able to help our local primary school in Kingswells. Nexen’s support will allow the school to provide an additional level of support to pupils. We are looking forward to seeing the sensory room develop and hearing about the children who benefit from it.

“Giving back to local communities is deeply rooted in Nexen’s company values and we are committed to working in partnership with local charities to support them in reaching their goals.”

Angela Taylor, Aberdeen City Council’s Convener of Education and Children’s Services Committee Councillor, said: “This wonderful gesture by Nexen is a great example of the organisation’s community spirit. This kind donation will help give so much enjoyment to the children who use the new sensory room and to their parents who will see the benefits of such a fabulous resource.”