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.

“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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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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