About 5 Senses


The 5 Senses Expressive Arts and Education Centre for Vulnerable Adults was originally formed in 2004 as a service for the local charity Avocet Trust.

However due to its continued success the 5 Senses became an independent charity in 2010.

Who Can Join?

The charity welcomes vulnerable adults over the age of 18 who live in the Hull, East Riding and surrounding areas. We cater for students who have a mild or severe learning disability, autism spectrum disorder, profound physical disabilities and people who need help managing their challenging or self- injurious behaviour.


All 5 Senses students are provided with an individual learning timetable which encompasses a healthy mix of internal sessions and community based activities which are designed to aid their personal development.

Our centre based sessions are run by our tutors all of whom have, or are working towards a PGCE or equivalent teaching qualifications.

Our tutors construct fun, innovative and creative sessions, which are designed to stretch our students capabilities in a way which stimulate, challenge and entice our students to participate in their own learning, whilst also providing our students with opportunities to work towards ASDAN accredited certificates.

External activities include but are not limited to swimming at either a local swimming pool or at a more specialised hydrotherapy pool for students with more specific needs. Some students enjoy weekly trips to the local bowling alley, or East Park Bikes where as others prefer a round of Golf. Many students go on a weekly day trip which can take them as far as MAGNA in Rotherham, the National Media Museum in Bradford, Tropical World in Leeds and to the beach in Bridlington.

Care and Support

The 5 Senses have a vibrant, dynamic and highly trained team of support workers who can provide friendly, non-judgemental, dedicated support for students who require additional help with different aspects of care such as, assistance with behaviour management, medication administration, epilepsy, personal care, postural management and PEG feeding.

Our support workers not only provide care for students who require additional assistance, they also empower our students to get the most out of the sessions by taking part in the activities along with the students. This enables the support workers to not only provide mentoring guidance, but also peer support, which provides students with the confidence they need to stretch the boundaries of their learning capabilities.

If you would like to find out more about the 5 Senses Charity please contact us on 01482 470 805

Expansion of 5 Senses

In July 2011, 5 Senses moved into its new building on Popple Street, Hull, with its new status as a registered charity. Since the move, progression has surpassed all expectations of the current business plan. Staff levels had more than doubled, along with student intake, proving the move to be a great success. The centre has not lost its vibrant atmosphere, just enhanced it and made it a fantastic place in which to learn.

However, once again there were also areas for development. After meetings with professional bodies, parents/guardians and researching, it became apparent that a sensory room needed to be installed in order for some of the less able students to progress.

Analysing students that already access the centre, looking at their individual needs and abilities it was decided that not only one sensory room needed to be installed but three. This would allow all students attending the centre to have more stimulation and development through different ways of sensory awareness.

  • Room 1 – Tactile sensory room, use of touch, sound, motion, visual and oral senses.
  • Room 2 – Vestibular sensory room (motion based equipment) using swings, hammocks.
  • Room 3 – Proprioceptive sensory room that helps with the physical movement of joints and deep muscle pressure.

These rooms provide an environment that nurtures the body and invites the person to engage in activities that help them to feel good and focus on strengths, interests and personal development.

Please click on the sensory button to learn more about the interactive sensory facilities.