February 24th 2023
Live Active NI’s first Sensory Mile event, facilitated by the Get Out Get Active programme, was held in Northern Ireland in 2018 in Portadown People’s Park. Sensory Mile’s are inclusive family friendly events where participants are encouraged to walk or push their way around a one mile accessible route, exploring their senses by passing through various areas such as taste and smell stations, wind machines, bubble machines, a ribbon walkway, touch stations and a musical area.
Events are open to all but as each one also has a variety of other activity (including lawn games, entertainers or dance warm-ups) to enjoy before and after the Sensory Mile itself, they are particularly popular with families, disabled people or those with long term health conditions who want a fun and social way to be active together.
Having now organised and delivered many Sensory Mile events across Northern Ireland we want to share our experience and learning in the SENSORY MILE EVENT PLANNING GUIDE, being launched today. The guide gives a concise but detailed overview of many aspects of delivering a Sensory Mile event of your own including what equipment you will need, what roles should be assigned to volunteers and what aspects of event and route planning you should consider.
We hope this guide will support organisations across the UK to facilitate Sensory Mile’s, which have been so successful for us, and which have encouraged many of our delivery partners to explore adding sensory elements to other events also.
You can download the guide by CLICKING HERE or if you are based in Northern Ireland and are interested in engaging Live Active NI to deliver an event for your organisation please contact us on 02890 469925.