The Welsh Connection

Staff at Sense TouchBase Cymru taking part in a sociable Zoom meeting.

Every Thursday, we rally together and clap for our carers. During this time, key workers all over the UK have been doing an incredible job, not only by supporting the nation but by giving us all hope. Kate Wright, the manager of Sense TouchBase Cymru, is incredibly proud of her entire team and the way that they have responded to the lockdown.

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Is it possible to articulate a better future from this COVID emergency?

A group of people standing in a circle smiling. A woman is signing.

Across the world, we are taking extraordinary measures to stop the spread of Covid-19. This crisis has a profound impact on every aspect of our lives. Those that watch the news have spent the last two months acquiring a deeper understanding of the inequalities facing different communities. People are much more emotionally engaged and want to see change. They care more about the welfare of others and what it takes to improve people’s lives – many want a better society to emerge from this crisis.

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Connecting Differently

A young lady communicating via an app

May 15 marks the International Day of Families and now, more than ever, has there been a need for us to connect differently on a global scale. At Sense, connecting differently is something we have been doing since we were founded in 1955 – Sense is here to help people communicate and experience the world.

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Whilst society moves forward we can’t allow disabled people to be left behind

A man and lady hand on hand signing to make sure disabled people don't get left behind.

Over the past few weeks we have all had our lives turned upside down. Whether directly or indirectly affected by Covid-19, we have had to change how we work, see friends and family or go about previously simple tasks like doing our food shopping or exercising.  At Sense we know that this has been truer than ever for the people who we support and their families.  We have had to adapt how we deliver our services, and know that changes to routine have been difficult. 

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Keeping Sense Connected

People looking through a magnifying glass.

As a leading disability and social care charity, Sense is committed to making sure no one, no matter how complex their disability, is left out, isolated or unable to fulfil their potential.

Never has a mission been so important yet so complex to deliver. As the leader of the Arts, Sport and Wellbeing team at Sense, I want to let you know what approach we are taking to support people during this incredibly challenging period.

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Above and Beyond

Three brightly coloured homemade sensory boards lying flat on the floor.
A selection of homemade sensory boards.

This is an uncertain time for everyone including the adults, children and families that Sense supports. A break of structure and not seeing familiar faces regularly can have devastating effects on the people we support which, in turn, affects the whole family. Sense staff are finding new, innovative and creative ways to provide much needed support and care. Take our services in Northern Ireland, for example. Maintaining physical distancing in a safe way has not stopped the staff team from being socially active in the lives of the people they support.

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Introducing sensory play – how you can keep your children happy and stimulated at home

A young child dipping their feet in a water bowl with toys floating in it.

These are challenging times for the parents and carers of children who are deafblind or those with complex disabilities, who are now at home without access to their usual support networks. It’s so important that children are still able to get creative, play and have fun, so we wanted to share some fantastic sensory activities which you can do at home with your children. Here are a short series of films that demonstrate how you can support children at home to keep them happy and stimulated.

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