As a visually impaired school pupil, Sense College was the perfect place to get my work experience

A smiling young man holding a cane stands next to a sign that says "Sense College, Sense Centre, Peterborough"

I have a severe visual impairment and came to Sense to get some work experience. I wanted to develop my skills and develop some inspiration for what I want to do after school. I’m in year ten in a mainstream school and will be doing most of my GCSEs next year.

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My inspirational aunt is why I’m leaving a gift in my Will to Sense

Black and white photographs of a young woman in the 1940s working in a factory and holding her guide dog

I choose to support Sense in memory of my aunt Josie. Josie had meningitis in 1940, when she was just 12 years old, which left her deafblind. She was independent, strong-willed and a true inspiration to everyone who met her.

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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 do you support individuals with death and bereavement?

The hands of an older woman in bed being held by the hands of a younger woman by her side

How do you support individuals with death and bereavement? During my time working for Sense, I’ve gained a lot of experience supporting people with complex communication needs, but also learned a lot about how we can approach this often sensitive subject.

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We’re learning British Sign Language so our deaf colleagues aren’t excluded

A smiling woman talks using BSL to a colleague in her office

If you ask any of my colleagues at Sense what drives them, they will tell you how important inclusion is, and how we can ensure on a daily basis that no one we support is left isolated, alone or unable to fulfil their potential.

At Sense we pride ourselves on being communication experts. By unlocking barriers to communication, we ensure everyone enjoys meaningful lives – and this applies equally, both to the individuals we support, and our staff and volunteers. That’s why, as part of our Equality and Diversity Week this week at Sense, we’re proud to be launching an online learning module so all our staff can learn British Sign Language (BSL).

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From working in nursing home kitchens to becoming a Registered Care Manager

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I’ve worked in social care since I was 16. Now I’m a Registered Care Manager leading a team of support workers.

It was only when I started working with Sense that I really saw how communicating and connecting differently gave disabled people with complex communication needs the confidence to live independent and active lives.

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I ran my first and 50th marathon for Sense

 

A smiling man holding a purple and orange frameI suffered from a serious back injury in 2014. I was a keen footballer and sportsman, but after my operation I was told my days of playing serious sport were over. I was devastated.

After a few unhappy months of doing no sport at all, I decided one evening to go for a run. Two and half years later and I’ll be running my 50th marathon! This year I’m running for Sense, a charity close to my heart.

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A new disability arts festival is coming to Birmingham

A man seated at a table, feeling a green cube

For years, Sense has been supporting people with sensory impairments and complex communication needs to be creative through arts workshops that explore everything from painting, to using vibrating backpacks to experience sounds.

With our new Birmingham-based multi-purpose venue, TouchBase Pears, there’s now a permanent space for artists and disabled people to come together and collaborate in new creative ways, including an arts festival taking place in May.

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