It feels like home

How Sense staff at a supported living service in Sheffield helped Martin to live a more independent life.

Martin sitting on the sofa talking to his support worker
© Mike Pinches 2017

Sense first met Martin after a referral from the local authority. Martin had been living in a nursing home and staff were concerned that he was becoming increasingly withdrawn and unwilling to interact with others. The home wasn’t able to provide activities that Martin could participate in and there was a general lack of routine which left him feeling anxious and unsettled.

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Who’s your Sense Superstar?

The Sense Awards are back for their 16th year and now is your chance to nominate your Sense Superstar. The Awards recognise the outstanding achievements of people with complex disabilities, as well as those who support them.

From celebrating carers that have provided outstanding support to their loved ones, to incredible fundraisers, or companies that have developed a new innovative product helping those with complex disabilities – there is a category for everyone and everything.

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London Marathon – Five more #TeamSense runner stories

This week, we have five more #TeamSense supporters, telling us why they’re running the London Marathon for Sense on the 28th April.

Stewart has a hearing impairment and will be making his London Marathon debut

“My parents noticed I had speech problems and ear infections when I was young but by the time it was finally diagnosed, my ear drums were permanently damaged because of incorrect treatment. I had a number of operations to correct this, but my hearing never improved. I now wear a bone anchored hearing aid which has changed my life completely. Sense believe no one should be should be isolated, left out, or unable to fulfil their potential. As someone who has been there in the past, running for Sense is very special.”

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Meet our #TeamSense runners who are running the London Marathon this month

On Sunday 28 April, #TeamSense runners will be taking on the Virgin Money London Marathon, to raise money for people with complex disabilities, including those who are deafblind. Ten of our incredible runners share their story.

Paul is running for his nephew who is supported by Sense

“Due to complications at birth, Jaxon has a number of eye conditions. My brother and sister-in-law were put in touch with Sense where a family support worker, was able to develop an amazing relationship with him, encouraging him to wear his glasses, play and develop his attention span.
He has come leaps and bounds since starting and met some great friends. I feel proud to be running for Sense and very grateful for what they do to support children and adults with complex disabilities.”

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#MKruns262 update no. 2: Interviewing Sense CEO, Richard Kramer

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The following blog was written by Marcel in his monthly #MKruns262 series. He interviewed our CEO, Richard Kramer and talks about his biggest fitness challenge yet — running the London Marathon 2019 for Sense.

You can find the original blog here.

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Walk for Deafblind Awarenesss Week 2018

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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.

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How accessible and useful is the Amazon Echo?

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Tony Lodge and Steven Morris with Tony’s Amazon Echo

You may have heard about Amazon’s Echo, a hands-free, voice controlled device that uses Alexa (Amazon’s version of Siri, a talking digital assistant) to perform various tasks such as play music, control ‘smart’ home devices, read the news, set alarms, add items to shopping lists and more.

I met up with Sense member Tony Lodge to learn more about using the Echo and how it might be of help and accessible to disabled people. Tony brought one with him and we and put it through its paces.

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I’ve really grown in confidence since I volunteered on a Sense Holiday

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Sense are always so welcoming, they ensure all the volunteers are well prepared and ready to support the holidaymakers.

I’d never worked with any blind people before, but Sense provided training – such as teaching us how to safely guide blind people – so I felt really comfortable going into the holiday.

The experience has definitely given me confidence in communicating and supporting people with disabilities – being in an environment where the holidaymakers and volunteers are using British Sign Language is fantastic.

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Two young boys with their mother and pet cat
This Giving Tuesday we’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone who has supported us throughout the year. Sense supports people who are deafblind, have sensory impairments or complex needs to enjoy more independent lives, and we couldn’t do it without you.

From donating and volunteering, to taking part in an event, here’s a rundown of some of the ways you can help. And if you’d like to do something quickly, you can text SENSE to 70111 to donate £3 (T&Cs).  Thank you.

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