Joe Coffin

Joe Coffin at the Sense Awards

“I hope that by being an Ambassador for Sense I can help people out, and help to raise awareness of deafblindness. I tend to just get on with things, get on with life.

“I have a few problems, but it’s not a big thing. I just get on with it, and hope that I can help to raise awareness of Sense and deafblindness in the local community and beyond.”

Joe is from Birmingham and was born partially deaf. In his 30s he had a heart infection called endocarditis which damaged the optic nerve in his left eye and left him severely visually impaired, as a result he had the left eye removed in 2001 because of the pain. The vision has rapidly deteriorated over the last few years in his right eye, but that has not stopped Joe from enjoying life and living as independently as possible.

Joe came to Sense in 2003 and currently works at the Sense Birkdale office in Birmingham. He is regularly involved in the recruitment of senior staff at Sense.  In 2012 Joe won the Sense Deafblind Person of the Year award.

Joe is a passionate supporter of TouchBase Birmingham – as a committee member for the project he works with architects to make sure the design of the building reflects the needs of deafblind people.  He frequently attends meetings with potential corporate sponsors to help raise funds for the project.

Joe is a regular speaker at Sense events and has previously shared a stage with Sense CEO, Gill Morbey.

Joe said: “I was really pleased to be asked to be an ambassador for Sense – I try to get involved with all sorts of things, but this is a big thing for me. I’m on lots of Forums, and working on TouchBase, on the planning committee and going to meetings. I am looking forward to visiting it when it’s completed in four years’ time.”


First published: Tuesday 6 May 2014
Updated: Thursday 15 October 2015