Lending SPACE, Hertfordshire’s free Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) equipment lending library officially opened it’s doors in Stevenage on Monday when it welcomed families to it’s first ever Open Day.

Families from across Hertfordshire came to Stevenage to try lots of specialist, often expensive sensory toys and resources. They were then able to take them home to borrow completely free of charge. Over 50 items were loaned out during the day.

The Mayor of Stevenage, Councillor Sandra Barr was also there to meet many of the families.

“Lending SPACE is such an important resource for families with children with special educational needs, not just in Stevenage but right across Hertfordshire. As a parent carer myself it was lovely to be able to come and meet the team behind Lending SPACE who also all have children with SEND, and some of the many families they support.”

Mayor of Stevenage, Councillor Sandra Barr

Karen Spencer, General Manager of SPACE said “Investing in SEND sensory, practical and educational equipment and resources can get very expensive very quickly for any family. Lending SPACE is an ideal way for families with children with SEND to try equipment to see if it works for the needs of their child.”

Lending SPACE is funded by Hertfordshire County Council. Some of the specialist equipment that can be borrowed includes trikes, pushchairs and scooters;  weighted blankets, lap pads and hoodies; wobble cushions, body socks and compressions sheets. Lending SPACE is open every Monday and Wednesday morning from 9:30-12:30. SEND parents and carers and their children can pop in for a warm drink and a chat and to browse and borrow from the library.