Our impact

Thanks to our community, donors, volunteers, and supporters, we helped over 14,000 adults and children who are deafblind or have complex disabilities in the past year.

In 2021, we scaled up our virtual support as our face-to-face activities were forced to close. And it meant we were able to reach more people than ever before. 

Thanks to Sense’s support, Martin is finally able to live the life that he wants to. It just means the world to us.

Audrey, whose brother Martin receives support from Sense

Our work makes breakthrough moments possible

We want to ensure every child and adult with complex disabilities gets the help they deserve. We’re determined to provide a place where everyone belongs, where difference is valued and no one is left out.

Everyone connected to Sense has responded with dedication, creativity, care and generosity since the pandemic hit. It’s meant we have continued to be here for the people we support and our specialist skills have continued to shine through.

We could not have achieved this without you. Thank you.  

How you helped Sense

1. Giving children and families the best possible start

It’s vital that children like Greta who are born deafblind or have complex disabilities get help as early as possible. Sense specialists have the expertise to understand a child’s ways of communicating.

In partnership with parents or carers, we support each and every child to learn and grow in confidence. 

Sense’s support for children and families last year:

  • 2,456 children, young people and families engaged with our support.
  • 52 online family events connected 510 families together for information, support and activities.
  • 266 families were empowered with specialist technology and equipment to access online support.

It’s difficult to think what life would be like if we didn’t have Sense.

Zoe, Greta’s mum

2. Helping adults with complex disabilities live and learn

A man with sunglasses on sits in a music room playing guitar.

Sense helps people with complex disabilities like Fernando to open doors that would otherwise be closed to them.

We support people to live independently and keep learning throughout their lives.

Sense’s support for adults last year:

  • 335 adults were empowered to live more independently in our Sense residential and supported living services.
  • 245 young people participated in our education programmes for 16-25-year-olds.
  • 94% of Sense services were rated as ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission.

“When Fernando started spending time at a Sense Centre, he began to shine again.”

Carole, sister of Fernando, who attends a Sense Centre.

3. Helping people feel less lonely

Saihan, a young man with glasses and short black hair, smiling

Sense supports people like Saihan to build their confidence, become more independent, be active in their community, and find a route out of loneliness.

Sense’s support fighting loneliness last year:

  • 6,000 people participated in our online and face-to-face meet-ups and activities. 
  • 1,352 arts and wellbeing boxes distributed to people’s homes brought fun and joy.
  • 139 children and young people participated in our ‘Get Out There’ short breaks and social groups.

Sense volunteers have helped me so much.

Saihan, a participant on Sense’s Buddying service

4. Inspiring people to take action

A woman standing outside wearing glasses and a stripey top. She's smiling.

We’re working to bring about the day when no one with complex disabilities is left out of life.

We’re committed to spreading the word about our vital work and to ensuring those who are deafblind or living with complex disabilities have their voice heard.

Sense’s impact inspiring people to take action last year:

  • 8,000 people pledged their support to tackle loneliness among disabled people for our Left Out of Life campaign.
  • 1,000 people supported our letter calling on government to reintroduce support for disabled adults and their families.
  • 50 meetings with parliamentarians, in which we championed the needs of people with complex disabilities during the pandemic.

Thanks to Sense’s campaigning work, I’ve been able to share my story with the nation in the hope that people understand the difficulties of disabled people and want to change the world for the better.

Natalie, who has a Sense communicator guide