Welcome to Borders Sensory Hub CIC, the first and only dedicated sensory facility in the Scottish Borders.
As a small, community based children's centre, we support accessibility to inclusive play for all ages, stages, abilities and backgrounds alongside family wellbeing support through our range of services;
• Pay What You Can Play Sessions
• Pay What You Can Holistic Wellbeing Workshops
• Pay What You Can Playgroup
• Facility Hire
• School & Nursery Collaborations
• Sensory Resource Shop (Coming Soon)
Our imaginative Galashiels based facility features a spacious interchangable main room, three themed darkened sensory spaces, an in-development sensory resources shop, small kitchen area and a toilet.
We operate an 'Every Child Is Welcome' policy and so will always greet every child with a big smile! If your child has any additional requirements, we will do our best to support these, just reach out to us.
We are proud to be an organisation founded on passion and the belief that every child has a right to play, and so as a not for profit we promise that every penny we receive goes to supporting local children to live playful lives!
I'm Abby, the founder and managing director of Borders Sensory Hub CIC and you will find me living and loving life in the stunning Scottish Borders with my partner and our three wildlings, Zander (8), Sami (3) and Poppy (1).
Once a 16 year old, homeless, isolated, mentally struggling, impoverished and without education, I found myself trying to raise a tiny human alone, with just my two grandmothers for support. I was scared, lost and totally unsure of myself as a mother, and having faced stigmatisation from the professional services involved, I felt I was facing the great feat that is motherhood without any confidence, guidance or opportunities.
Despite all of our hardships, I was determined to provide a life for my son and become someone he would be proud to call 'mum', and so I headed to college in 2014, without any qualifications to my name, and was prideful to have been accepted into university the following year having successfully achieved my Intimidate 2s and Highers.
My university experience may have been short lived as I left following two years of study, however I have absolutely no regrets as in the years that followed I had some wonderful opportunities to explore my interests and finally birth my second child, which on attending his very first baby class, sparked my passion for play!
So, Borders Sensory Hub CIC is very much a passion project, founded on a desire to make a difference. I have committed myself to supporting families to feel confident and empowered whilst providing accessible opportunities to learn, nurture, play and explore. I use my training in early years play work, infant and perinatal mental wellbeing, baby yoga and massage, childrens yoga and child development to create and run valuable play and wellbeing sessions within the sensory hub for all families no matter their child's age, stage, ability or background.