Success for Sensibility Festival

A woman touching a textured see-through piece of fabric

Sensibility was a three-day disability arts festival in Birmingham that showcased the contributions and connections to arts and creativity of sixty deafblind and disabled people. It brought together a diverse audience from all over the country, to celebrate and share a unique experience.

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Volunteering on a Sense holiday is a really rewarding experience

A smiling man outside with a young man on a picnic benchAfter an accident left me with some mobility issues, I felt a strong desire to support people with disabilities. Since then I have worked and volunteered with adults and young people with physical and learning disabilities. Volunteering on a Sense Holiday was an incredible experience.

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Who will care for my disabled son when I’m gone?

A woman sits with her son at the kitchen table. They're smiling. She rubs his head.

The decision to explore the provision of long term care for your loved one is not an easy one.

We had always said we’d look after our son Alex for as long as we could, and as long as there were support systems in place. But with dwindling resources in respite care, it’s becoming harder to plan for the future. Continue reading “Who will care for my disabled son when I’m gone?”

How do you support individuals with death and bereavement?

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How do you support individuals with death and bereavement? During my time working for Sense, I’ve gained a lot of experience supporting people with complex communication needs, but also learned a lot about how we can approach this often sensitive subject.

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Why I’m supporting the When I’m Gone campaign

Jo Platt MP
Jo Platt MP

Many disabled people rely on the support of their families. Family members play a key role in their care and often become experts. However, there is much concern over what happens as those family carers get older. What happens when family carers are no longer able to support their loved ones?

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How Sense has been making sport more inclusive for disabled people

A group of men and women in a sports centre. Cyclists cycle around them.

Yesterday, we hosted a Sports Summit at the iconic Lee Valley Velodrome. This event provided an opportunity for people from the sport and health, and social care sector, to come together to hear about the what we’ve learned from our two year Sport England funded project, Sporting Sense. It was fantastic to see such a mix of organisations who all share a passion for making sport more inclusive and accessible to disabled people.

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I made new friends when I volunteered on a Sense Holiday

Jack and Jai 4

Volunteering on a Sense Holiday is an unforgettable experience. Not only did I make friends with Jai, an amazing kid I supported to have a brilliant holiday, but I also became friends with like-minded volunteers like Jonny, who was also there to support disabled children with complex communication needs.

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Dance inspires, uplifts and connects us

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A brand new disability arts festival called Sensibility is coming to Birmingham this weekend. As a dance teacher who has worked with Sense Arts for five years, I’m really excited to be leading a choreographed dance, movement and story session this Friday 18 May and Sunday 20 May, at Sense’s TouchBase Pears multipurpose venue.

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I’m a visually impaired artist who’s helping others connect through creativity

Two women and a man in an art studio, smiling and holding hands

I’m a visually impaired mixed and multimedia artist working with Sense to support people with sensory impairments to produce art for a brand new disability arts festival called Sensibility, happening this Friday, 18 May.

Through art, I want to elevate the importance of all of the senses. I myself, exhibit my artworks nationally and internationally, but I also work on making more accessible sensory and tactile works, and smaller sculptures too.

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We’re learning British Sign Language so our deaf colleagues aren’t excluded

A smiling woman talks using BSL to a colleague in her office

If you ask any of my colleagues at Sense what drives them, they will tell you how important inclusion is, and how we can ensure on a daily basis that no one we support is left isolated, alone or unable to fulfil their potential.

At Sense we pride ourselves on being communication experts. By unlocking barriers to communication, we ensure everyone enjoys meaningful lives – and this applies equally, both to the individuals we support, and our staff and volunteers. That’s why, as part of our Equality and Diversity Week this week at Sense, we’re proud to be launching an online learning module so all our staff can learn British Sign Language (BSL).

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