A year of special connections...

Artist's impression of TouchBase Pears

TouchBase Pears takes off

In March, we were thrilled to start building work on our pioneering TouchBase Pears community resource centre in Selly Oak, Birmingham.

Our vision is for people with disabilities and the local community to come together, learn from each other, be respected and valued – and TouchBase Pears will be key to making that happen.

We were also very excited to open TouchBase Wales in March which is a new community support base for disabled people in South Wales. Both centres will offer high quality accessible environments with the latest services and facilities.

A boy talking into a microphone

Report demands play for all

Sense’s campaign for children with multiple needs to have equal access to play opportunities reached a national audience – with a high profile launch of the Making the case for play report at the House of Commons in February receiving substantial media coverage.

Boy eathing an ice cream

Holiday heaven

We’ve got 42 years’ experience of running holidays for children and adults and last year 92 people aged from 5 to 88 went on 20 fun-filled breaks – supported by 150 volunteers and 30 holiday leaders. As well as offering fun, friendship and new experiences to the holidaymakers they also give families a vital break from their caring responsibilities.

Dancers with arms in the air

Exploring creativity, finding a voice

An innovative week-long dance workshop for service users and staff took place in October at the TouchBase South East Centre in Barnet, with support from celebrated choreographer Wayne McGregor CBE and his company.

Two young people at a conference

We'll show you what we can do!

Six young people, all keen to share their experiences and express their views, came together in June at the new Young Campaigners’ Group to plan how they would like to change things in the future.

Children about to run

Saturday's allright for fun!

Anyone with children knows that families need places to go where they can feel relaxed, have fun together, enjoy one-to-one time with each of their children, and build friendships with other families. But, for Sense families, this can be very difficult to achieve, which is why Sense’s family get-togethers – like our Midlands Saturday Club – are so important.

Pushing two wheelchairs in the woods

Five have fun in the woods

The second in our series of short breaks in partnership with Birmingham City Council took place in February – giving five young people the chance to enjoy a fun-filled holiday packed with activities at Macaroni Woods in the Cotswolds.

First published: Thursday 22 December 2016
Updated: Friday 6 January 2017