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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
On 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.