AN enterprising mum-of-two who set up her own mobile sensory unit to help people with disabilities has been nominated for an award.
Amy Cotter, who dreams of opening a multi-sensory room in the area, launched her own not-for-profit mobile sensory unit called Sensoriel CIC last October.
The 28-year-old travels to care homes, supported living and children’s centres with specialist equipment, and now she needs the public’s help to win a new business of the year award at the north west Enterprise Vision Awards.
“I work a lot with people with dementia and adults with learning difficulties,” said the mum to Elouise, aged six, and three-year-old Amelie. "I go in and create a multi-sensory room by blacking out the windows and I have lots of sensory toys and equipment that help people who can’t always use their senses to full advantage.
“It is a new way for them to interact and communicate. It is relaxing and we have had some really good results with people who are uncommunicative, angry or even aggressive.”
Amy, of Sandy Lane, Lowton, started her mobile venture with help from father-in-law John Cotter, who handles the business side of the CIC, and accountant John Traynor.
“We’re a not-for-profit company so I don’t actually take a wage at the moment, but that’s not why I started it,” she said.
“I applied for the award never thinking I would get anywhere.
“There are so many people who are involved with Sensoriel, so many carers and parents who have been really supportive of what we are doing.
“I would be over the moon if we won because it would be for all of them as well.”
- Amy will find out if she has won on September 26. To vote for her, visit enterprisevisionawards.co.uk/eva-categories/37/New-Business-of-the-Year.