A NEW relaxation room has been opened at a school which provides care and education for children with severe learning disabilities.

Rowden House School near Bromyard provides programmes for people aged 11 to 19 with learning disabilities and challenging behaviour.

The new dark room has taken six months to prepare and has an outer space theme.

Project managers David Thomas and Helen Heathcote worked alongside West Midlands Learning Campus’ maintenance team to create somewhere for residents at the campus to relax and unwind.

David said: "We have lots of activities that we offer to our young people off-campus but we thought it would be great to transform an unused room into a dark room for our young people to access here.

"We have a laser projector which has moving stars on the ceiling, luminous rockets, spacemen and planets to give the room a real out of space feel and to top it off there’s a sound bar, which plays relaxing ambient space music."

The campus held a naming competition for the new room and resident Jamie Dinning came up with the name The Stargaze Room and his family joined him to celebrate the opening.

The Bromyard Mayor Roger Page and Mayoress Clare Davies attended

David added: ‘It’s taken a lot of effort to get the room sorted from planning, sourcing materials/items and liaising with our maintenance guys to get everything in place but it’s been so worth it tonight when we saw the reactions to the room when we turned everything on during the opening."