Connecting Communities: Sense Walks

A group of people stood outside and posing for a photo. They are wearing orange Sense tshirts and are holding Sense purple and orange banners and balloons.

What is Sense Walks? 🚶

Every June, for Deafblind Awareness Week, communities join forces up and down the country to put on a Sense Walk with the idea of bringing everyone together in their local communities. Sense Walks helps us spread the word of the work we do and the support we provide to people in local communities. Filled with bright colours, many balloons, face painting and much more, people came together to spread awareness of Sense.

Best Bits: Sense Walks 2019

Earlier this year, we were overwhelmed by the amount of people coming together as people took part in a Sense Walk up and down the Country. With so many walks, here’s an idea of what we got up to and our best bits:

Caerphilly

In June, a group of Sense Walkers took a two-mile walk to Caerphilly Castle and back. Beginning at Sense TouchBase Cymru, people were able to participate by taking a lunchtime stroll, explore the sights of Caerphilly Castle, have some cake, and then return to Sense’s Touchbase Cymru Centre for some light refreshments, teas and coffees.

The walk was led by people with complex disabilities in a call for greater visibility for disabled people in the community and in our wider society.Jon Stubbs, Sense Community fundraiser, and organiser of the Caerphilly walk said:“It’s really exciting that Caerphilly took part in Sense Walks during Deafblind Awareness Week, to raise awareness of people with complex disabilities in the community. It’s a wonderful initiative and great that so many people got together for the walk.”

Birmingham

The first of our two Birmingham Sense Walks was held on Monday 24 June to kick off Deafblind Awareness Week as people gathered in Cannon Hill Park. There was a combination of adults from Sense homes and services, their support staff and some volunteers who just wanted to help!“Despite the forecast of rain, the weather stayed kind to us, and there was a lovely atmosphere at today’s gathering.” – Jon Fearn, Activities Instructor and Coordinator.

Barnet

We’re proud tosay that this year’s Barnet Sense Walk was bigger and better than ever before, with over 100 people coming together to take the streets for Deafblind Awareness Week!The walk set off from TouchBase South East and headed through Barnet High Street.

“It was fantastic to have taken part again in ‘Sense Walks’ for Deafblind Awareness Week. Every year it’s such a great opportunity to raise awareness of people with complex disabilities in the community and the work we do at the centre to support them.” – Kirstie Hayward, Support Worker at TouchBase South East, and organiser of the Barnet Sense Walk.

Sense Walks 2020

We’d like to thank everyone who got involved in Sense Walks this year and we will be back for 2020 – we would love for you to get involved!We are busy preparing everything you need to join a Sense Walk or to organise your own, so please do check back in early 2020 for more information.Catch up on last year’s action by searching the #SenseWalks hashtag on Twitter or see the thread below 👇

Find out more about Sense Walk and how you can get involved in 2020 by clicking the button below!

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