Cubico Sustainable Investments (Cubico) has supported the opening of a new Snoezelen multisensory room in the town of Olivenza, Spain.

Located at Plena Inclusión Olivenza, an association committed to supporting local people with disabilities and developmental issues, the room was officially opened by the town’s Mayor Manuel J. González Andrade last Tuesday.

The Snoezelen room, funded through Cubico’s global environmental, social and governance programme, is an interactive space designed to stimulate the senses in a calm environment.

These multisensory environments are proven to improve the motor skills, creativity, social relations and communication of users with mental disabilities and cognitive impairment.

In small, rural towns like Olivenza – home to Cubico’s 50 MW concentrated solar power (CSP) project of the same name – where there are not many services of this nature, the new room was a very welcome addition.

“The users of Plena Inclusión are delighted with the room, which will contribute to improving the quality of the service provided by the organisation,” said Laura Gudiño, Manager at Plena Inclusión Olivenza.

On Cubico’s side, the initiative was led by Alvaro Martin Vincente, O&M engineer at its Olivenza CSP project, who introduced the company to Plena Inclusión Olivenza.

Alvaro, whose premature twins benefitted from developmental support at the centre until the age of two, commented: “I feel grateful that Cubico has collaborated on this initiative so that the association can help more users like my children with specific resources for early development therapies for babies.

“Also, I really appreciate the incredible value of the therapists who took care of my children while they were enrolled in the programme. My twins do not need to stay longer thanks to you, so one more time thank you.”

With such strong ties to the local community, Cubico has already started planning more initiatives to support other great causes in Olivenza.