“Something for everybody, regardless of your age”
Sense are there for everyone living with complex disabilities and everyone who is deafblind. The charity helps people communicate and experience the world and believe that no one, no matter how complex their disabilities, should be isolated, left out, or unable to fulfil their potential. From their Touchbase Centre in Selly Oak, they support groups of deafblind children and their families all around Birmingham from 0-18 y/o through a range of activities, guidance, group and one to one support.
What is Sense?
Sense helps people develop the skills to enjoy everyday things like having a conversation, enjoying friendships and living independently.
They offer personalised and flexible services for everyone who needs them, for as long as they need them – providing early intervention for children, helping young people access education, and supporting the transition into adulthood and beyond.
Sense supports people in their home and in the community, in their education and through their holidays, arts, sports and wellbeing programmes.
Such a project is the Sensory Explorers group, and this is aimed at preschool deafblind children. Another is the teen group, which supports older children at a different stage in their development. Both groups are run by Children and Family Support Workers who focus on developing communication skills, working on using residual sight and hearing, maintaining physical well being through sports and games, building friendships, learning cause and effect and transition into adult hoc skills like cooking and money management. This is done through a range of one on one activities and group work at the facility. Both sessions are a mix of virtual and face to face support with the pre-school group taking place each week and the teen group being held twice a month. Sensory Explorers alone has a huge impact for children that they help. Sense has started helping some Children from the day they were born.
If successful, what will you use your LoveBrum funding for?
£2000 would be used to help Sense to continue to ensure that both groups can support new and existing deafblind children in Birmingham. They will be running a range of forest school, craft, sport and music sessions in the coming weeks and the funds would help hugely.
Where can people go to find out more about Sense?
Carl Williams, Community Fundraising Manager
Email: Carl. Williams@sense.org.uk