Mass walks across country to raise awareness of disabled people in the community

16 June 2017

Large group of men and women walking

Hundreds of people across England, Wales and Northern Ireland will take to the streets next week to raise awareness of disabled people living in the community.

The initiative, organised by Sense, will see a series of group walks take place through an array of different towns and villages, to coincide with Deafblind Awareness Week (24 – 30 June 2017).

The public are invited to participate in the free walks, which will be fun, and upbeat, involving families, staff and volunteers from local Sense services. Over 15 walks are confirmed, including in London, Cambridge, Birmingham, Derry and Caerphilly.

Sense Deputy Chief Executive, Richard Kramer, said: 

“Disabled people are often isolated and cut off from society. 

We’re highlighting this issue, by physically getting out there and connecting with the community. 

It’s a fantastic opportunity for disabled and non-disabled people to come together across the country, and I’m hoping the public come out to show their support.”

The initiative is inspired by Roger Mulholland. Deafblind, from Exeter, Roger died aged 29 in September 2015. In his 29 years, he amassed an amazing list of achievements, supported in many by Sense.

In June 2015, Roger organised a sensory walk for deafblind people, and those from the wider community, in Exeter. In 2016, inspired by the memory of Roger, a mass sensory walk took place in Exeter, led by the Deputy Lord Mayor.

This year’s opening walk will take place in Exeter on Saturday 24 June, with the final walk planned for Dereham on Friday 30 June. 

As the first walk for Deafblind Awareness Week kicks off, hundreds of trekkers in Oxfordshire will also be walking Britain's oldest road, The Ridgeway, for Sense's annual event, The RidgeWalk

The regional walks happening in Deafblind Awareness Week are listed below.

If you would like to attend or participate in a walk, please contact damian.field@sense.org.uk

LocationDateTime
Exeter, DevonSaturday 24 June12pm
Lowestoft, SuffolkSaturday 24 June11.30am
DagenhamSunday 25 June11.30am
Edgbaston, BirminghamMonday 26 June11am
Caerphilly, WalesTuesday 27 June1.30pm
South Oxhey, WatfordTuesday 27 June10am
WalworthWednesday 28 June9am
Cambridge Wednesday 28 June11.15am
Felixstowe, SuffolkThursday 29 June 10.30am 
Derry, Northern IrelandThursday 29 June10am 
PeterboroughThursday 29 June 11am 
Barnet, LondonFriday 30 June 10.30am 
Dereham, NorfolkFriday 30 June 10.30am