Walk for Deafblind Awarenesss Week 2018

A crowd of people walking along a street wearing orange tshirts

Deafblind Awareness Week 2018 is almost upon us. From 24 – 30 June, hundreds of people will be raising awareness across England, by taking part in our Sense Walks. And we’re inviting you to join us.

Deafblind Awareness Week includes celebrating the birthday of world famous deafblind American author and activist, Helen Keller, who was born on the 27 June, 1880. Keller was instrumental in raising awareness of deafblindness among the public, helping them understand what life is like when you have both sight and hearing loss.

Why do we walk for Deafblind Awareness Week?

A large group of disabled and non-disabled men and women, some in wheelchairs, together on a public street
“Roger’s Walk” in memory of Roger Mulholland, took place in Deafblind Awareness Week 2016

Here at Sense, walking is in our DNA. Whether it’s people we support taking part in our regular Monday ramble, or fundraisers trekking our RidgeWalk event to raise money for Sense, we enjoy stepping up together!

The idea for mass walks was inspired by ‘Roger’s Walk’ – in memory of a deafblind man called Roger Mulholland. Roger sadly died in 2015 at the age of 29, and a ‘sensory’ walk was organised by his family and friends in his memory. In 2016, the Deputy Lord Mayor of Exeter joined dozens of people who took to the streets during Deafblind Awareness Week to mark the occasion.

We were so inspired by ‘Roger’s Walk’, that we decided to make walking part of every Deafblind Awareness Week. And the tradition of the Sense Walk has continued ever since.

Join a Sense Walk for Deafblind Awareness Week 2018

A group of three women and male police officer holding a 'deafblind awareness week' card. They are all smiling
Deafblind Awareness Week 2017

Sense shops, Sense centres and local venues will be the start-point for six mass walks that the public are invited to.

It’s a great chance for disabled and non-disabled people to come together and start a conversation about deafblindness, sensory impairments and complex communication needs.

The walks are short, inclusive and accessible gentle strolls appropriate for children, older people and those with disabilities.

If you’d like to join us, feel free to come along to any of the following locations, but be sure to check the date and start time as they’re different for each walk.

Below are details, including when and where to join in. We hope to meet you there!

If you have any questions about any of the walks, please email damian.field@sense.org.uk

Location Time Date
Transit Shed, Exeter,EX2 4AN Saturday 23 June 11am
Lowestoft, Sense Shop on London Road, NR32 1NB Saturday 23 June 1pm
Lincoln, Hartsholme Country Park cafe, LN6 0EY Sunday 24 June 11am
Birmingham, Midland Arts Centre, B12 9QH Monday 25 June 11am
Cambridge, Sense Shop on Burleigh Street, CB1 1DJ Thursday 28 June 10.30am
Peterborough, Ferry Meadows Country Park, Activity Centre Thursday 28 June 11am
TouchBase South East, Barnet, EN5 5TJ Friday 29 June 10.30am

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