Accessible yoga – volunteering with Sense Active

Man with outstretched arms

Having only every participated in yoga once before, I wasn’t too sure what to expect as a volunteer on one of Sense’s accessible yoga sessions. The previous activities I’d volunteered on had been geared towards slightly younger participants, who had to travel to participate. I was interested to find out how yoga can be adapted for in-house and seated participants at an accommodation service.

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Scaling new heights – volunteering with Sense Active

A girl being supported to climb My time as a volunteer with Sense Active was a fantastic experience, to say the least. I was lucky enough to be able to participate and help people in many different activities – my favourite of which was rock climbing.

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Getting on my bike – volunteering with Sense Active

A boy riding a bicycle, with a smile and concentration on his face

Inspirational and impressive are just a couple of words that sprung to mind as I attended my first volunteering session with Sense Active.

Back in November, I had the opportunity to help out at a Sense cycling session at the Tudor Grange Leisure Centre, Solihull. It was my first volunteering session with Sense so I was not too sure what to expect – but was excited to see what the people Sense supports get up to.

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An activity holiday of a lifetime

A girl supported on a balancing activity
A young woman takes part in a balancing activity

I remember the moment really well. It was two years ago and I was sat around a campfire in Tversted, Denmark, with colleagues and newfound friends from across northern Europe. We were coming to the end of the 2014 Deafblind International Outdoor Network adventure holiday – and the subject of the next holiday came up. With a degree of trepidation, knowing what it would involve, I volunteered to host and organise it in England – and what a week it turned out to be.

I was determined that 2016 would be something memorable; a really special event. The trip to Denmark had been fantastic, as had previous trips with deafblind people to Norway and Scotland, and I felt a personal responsibility to make our event as good as we possibly could.

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Paraclimber John Churcher talks to Sense

Man climbing up wall
Paraclimber John Churcher uses a combination of technology, skill and determination to climb

John Churcher is currently competing in the IFSC Climbing World Championship in Paris.

John recently spoke to Ian Carpenter – Sense’s National Sports Manager who helps deliver accessible sports programmes and activities – about assistive technology, wanting to see Paraclimbing included in the Paralympics, and living with Usher Syndrome.

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Elite cyclist and Paralympian gold medalist Steve Bate talks to Sense

Steve Bate’s Paralympic dream became a reality yesterday, when he and pilot Adam Duggleby won gold in the men’s B 4,000m individual pursuit track cycling event.

Before setting off for Rio, Steve spoke to Ian Carpenter – Sense’s National Sports Manager who helps deliver accessible sports programmes and activities – about scaling mountains, training sessions, abstaining from alcohol and how it’s important to dream big!

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Para-cycling and Paralympian gold medalist Lora Turnham talks to Sense

Tandem para-cyclist Lora Turnham and her pilot Corrine Hall achieved their ultimate goal in the women’s B 3,000m individual pursuit, winning gold at the 2016 Rio Paralympics.

The double world champion and now gold medalist, spoke to Ian Carpenter – Sense’s National Sports Manager who helps deliver accessible sports programmes and activities – about her family, training, wedding planning and her personal mantra.

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Judo champion Jack Hodgson talks to Sense

Jack Hodgson Judo Paralympian
Paralympian and Commonwealth judo champion Jack Hodgson

Jack Hodgson, 19, is a Commonwealth judo champion, and former Sense Young Deafblind Person of the Year. This week he’s fighting his way to sporting glory at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

Jack recently spoke to Ian Carpenter – Sense’s National Sports Manager who helps deliver accessible sports programmes and activities – about training, living with Usher syndrome, and how small adaptations in sports can help people follow their dreams.

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Sports coaching to deafblind people

Coaches take part in a game of blindfold football at Coaches take part in a discussion at Holford Drive Community Sports ClubOn Thursday 30th July, 7 coaches from a range of sports came together to take part in Sense’s workshop around delivering sport to deafblind people. The workshop- the first of its kind to take place- was hosted at Holford Drive Community Sports Club, a community and volunteer-led sports facility in the North of Birmingham.

Delivered by Interactive- a London based organisation promoting disability equality in sport- the workshop aimed to equip local sports organisations and practitioners with the knowledge and understanding required to deliver their activities more inclusively to deafblind people.

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