Alongside the day to day costs we also have separate projects that require funding to develop and grow the opportunities for adults with learning disabilities.

Current Projects

Our current project is to update the Sensory Room, the details of which are as follows:

Current Sensory Room Update Appeal

Can you help?

Approximately 1.5million people in the UK have a learning disability, 905,000 are adults.**

After daily use since 2014 the Sensory Room, which has been providing life enhancing experiences for adults with learning disabilities who both reside and use the facilities at Acorn Village for the last 5years, is now in need of updating and repair.

The Sensory Room offers a calm and private setting for adults with learning disabilities and empowers them through the ability to choose their own environment. Whether it’s creating a seaside atmosphere with mood lighting alongside sounds and images of seagulls calling and the sea waves rolling or burning some energy with a disco experience with glitter ball, lights and even a car chase. Games such as football and sport encourages motor skills. Numerical, currency and quizzes help to create an educational opportunity.

Photos and videos can be uploaded to the projector bringing back memories of happy times and precious moments personal to that individual. The Sensory Room can also be used for a cinematic experience giving the opportunity to invite a friend to join them.

The choice is always theirs.

Recently through donations and a grant, a new sensory settee was purchased to replace the beyond repair specialised chair.

The Sensory Room only exists thanks to donations and legacies through the generosity of the public. Can you help to continue and enhance this life-enhancing facility?

As well as updating the current facilities, there is now the ability to add the final of the fives senses by adding a variety of aromas using specialised diffusers as well as an adult body rocker increasing the sensory experience.


  • Servicing of Current Equipment £1,620 inc VAT 92% 92%
  • Body Rocker £598.80 inc VAT 0% 0%
  • Aroma Diffuser, Oils & Automatic Bubble Machine £155.06 inc VAT 0% 0%

Key Benefits of Sensory Work

  • Support to regulate sensory processing
  • Reduced stress or anxiety levels and increased feelings of calmness
  • Increased focus and concentration levels
  • Develop awareness of the world and connection
  • Develop relationships skills
  • Develop emotional health
  • Increase confidence and self-esteem
  • Develop fine/gross motor skills and co-ordination
  • Develop decision making skills
  • Encourage use of the imagination


How your money will be spent


 Servicing of existing equipment

  • Bubble Machine
  • Wall Projectors
  • Sensor Floor Projector
  • Infinity Panel
  • Infinity Panel
  • Fibre Optic Curtain
  • Vibrating Bean Bag
  • General Lights and Music


Additional Equipment

  • Automated Bubble Machine
  • Aroma Diffuser
  • Body Rocker

     Can you help fund this vital life enhancing facility?

    Contact us to make a direct donation for this appeal.
    Email: or call 01206 394124

    Thank you for anything you can do to help raise funds, however great or small it all makes such a difference to the lives of adults with learning disabilities.

    It is thanks to people like you that Acorn Village continues to be the wonderful, empowering charity it is today.







    Sensory Settee Appeal-Completed August 2019

     £530 was needed to buy a new Sensory Room settee to help adults with learning disabilities.The old chair was a single seater that has been fixed so many times it is now beyond repair.

    Thanks to generous donations from the public and a grant from micro-grant Essex County Council this is now on order!!

     Thank you so much! 


    Sensory Settee Appeal

    Thank you for helping adults with learning disabilties

    Kitchen Project

    The 2018 fundraising project was for a kitchen for visually impaired adults with learning disabilities.

    Thanks to generous donations and event fundraising kickstarted by Concord Property Ltd’s Fundraising Anniversary Ball we have reached the £12,000.00 required to do this and work is set to complete this later this year.

    Below are pictures from the recently updated Oak Lodge Kitchen which were converted in 2017 thanks to generous support. 


    Kitchen project

    Thank you for raising a staggering £12000.00!

     Future Project – Wetrooms 

    After over 40 years the needs of many of the residents and tenants have changed.

    Initially baths were called for but as time has passed these are becoming harder to get in and out of.

    Converting eight wet rooms will be required in the future at a cost of £4,500 each.

    So far we have completed two wetrooms. Watch this space for future wetroom requirements

    • Wet-room: Total x 2 Jubilee House 100% 100%
    • Wet-room: Total x 6 Jubilee House 0% 0%
    • Wet-room: Total x 8 Jubilee House 0% 0%

    Sensory Room Update

    Your support can help adults with learning disabilities continue to experience this life enhancing facility.

    Activity & General Support

    Your support ensures additional activities can be offered such as horse-riding, swimming, sailing, all activities within the Creative Craft Centre and many more along with keep the calming environment which makes such an impact to those living and using the facilities at Acorn Village.

    By supporting today you are truly making the difference to the lives of adults with learning disabilities


    2017 – Full internet access for all houses.


    A new two bedroom flat was created from the old sensory area above Gregory House. The one bedroom onsite Courtyard Flat was refurbished.
    Manningtree Charity Shop was moved into an existing retail space offering more facilities for the volunteers and more space to fundraise in. A new kitchen and external door was fitted in Oak Lodge as well as replacing a number of double glazed windows and doors across the site.


    2016 – Jubilee House kitchen

    This was refurbished with specific wheelchair areas for all-inclusive meal preparation.

    2016 – Replacement Polytunnel

    Funds are raised to replace the polytunnel following Storm Doris. Two flats specifically designed to meet the individuals needs were completely refurbished with lowered kitchens and bathrooms.


     The old art area is converted to an onsite Charity Shop


    The Creative Craft Centre is opened after a 4 year project and many years of fundraising.


    Read more about how funds thanks to your support have been spent over the years.

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