Disabled people have the right to be safe online.

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There’s no doubt about it. Social media has changed a lot about the way we interact with each other, as well as go about our daily life. Whilst it is often used in many positive ways, sadly social media seems to be fuelling the abuse of many groups in society, including disabled people, from people who hide behind screens, often out of the reach of police, with social media giants being slow to act to tackle this behaviour.

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Time to climb again

For a long time it seemed that Tony and his mother had simply been forgotten, left without support to struggle on alone.  Tony had always been keen to try new things and build up his skills but there were few opportunities to do this.

Then a resourceful social worker found out about Sense’s TouchBase South East Centre and a new journey began for them both.

Tony standing outside his house with his mum.

“For as long as I live, I will never forget that day” says Janet. “Tony walked in the door and said to me:

“You’ll never guess what I’ve done today Mum – I’ve been rock climbing.”

When Tony was young, and could see better, he used to love climbing trees with his brother,” she says, “but I just couldn’t imagine him ever doing anything like that again.”

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Volunteering on a Sense Holiday: James’ Story.

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What’s your name and what you do?

James Morris – Occupational Therapy student at York St John.

Why did you volunteer on the holiday?

First and foremost, I wanted to be able to do some good and really make a difference with my spare time. I had a long summer from university and wanted to make the most of it! It was the perfect opportunity to do something incredibly beneficial for the holiday makers and extremely rewarding for myself! On top of all this, it was a really great experience and a chance to really develop my skills that will be very useful going forward in my career.

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Volunteering on a Sense Holiday: Kerri’s Story.

Two people, one woman and man are using colouring pencils to colour in a drawing during a Sense Holiday activity.

What’s your name and what you do?

My name is Kerri and I work in fashion merchandising for a well-known high-street retailer.

Why did you volunteer on the holiday?

For years I’d been thinking about learning British Sign Language but I wanted to make sure I could use my new skills for the benefit of other people. So, before I started BSL lessons I researched different deaf charities and found Sense. I loved the idea that they are creating holidays for young people and adults with disabilities, that enable them to take part in different activities and experiences that many would assume they couldn’t. 

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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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Volunteering on a Sense Holiday: Aleema’s Story

What’s your name and what you do?

Aleema Latif . I’m a 3rd Year Nursing Student at The University of Birmingham.

Why did you volunteer on the holiday?

I chose this as my elective placement as part of my Nursing course to gain insight into supporting people with complex communicational needs

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Making Together Exhibition: showcasing artwork created in a series of workshops

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The Making Together exhibition, in collaboration with the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists (RBSA), showcases art work created in a series of workshops at Touchbase Pears, Birmingham, co-produced by people with complex disabilities  and RBSA artists.

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Peas in a Pod: Sense support worker, Graham, uses his own interests to build a deep connection with Tony

On the left is a man we support (Tony) and on the right is Graham. Both are smiling towards the camera. Standing outside a front door.

Graham is an enthusiastic and passionate member of staff at Sense TouchBase South East, a Sense day opportunity for people with complex disabilities based in Barnet. He is also a support worker for the Sense Intervenor Service which supports people who are congenitally deafblind to access the world around them. He has been with the organisation for less than 18 months and, in that time, has developed a strong connection with the people he supports while incorporating his own hobbies and interests in the role.

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Hidden amongst the noise of political chaos in the Houses of Parliament was the loss of yet another Minister for Disabled People

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And so ends another week of political chaos in the Houses of Parliament. Hidden amongst the noise was the loss of yet another Minister for Disabled People. Sarah Newton, who had held the position since November 2017, resigned her post in order to vote how she felt led, in one of the many Brexit votes that have taken place this week. 

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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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