Volunteering on a Sense Holiday: James’ Story.

Group photo of Sense Holiday Volunteers stood outside a house. A dog is in the picture at the front.

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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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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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

Person with their head in their hand and a lady sits behind supporting her.

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

One person holds another person's hand.

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

Image shows a person running from behind, wearing a red coat on the ground. In the background is the skyline of London

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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Peggy, Margaret and Jessica – three Sense pioneers

Sense is a unique national organisation. It serves people with complex  disabilities, including deafblindness, and has developed unrivalled skills and experience in this area.

But it has also been shaped by broader changes and developments in society – such as changing attitudes towards disability and the role of women.

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