West Midlands branch
Who we are
The Sense West Midlands Branch is a group of local families, deafblind people and external industry and service volunteers, who come together regularly to offer friendship and support. We share ideas, experiences and encourage each other.
We are a new group with a passion and commitment to enhancing the lives and opportunities for deafblind people and their families..
Our committee members also have a wealth of knowledge and experience which enables us to hold large scale and local fundraising events to provide the necessary funds to support activities and family events for deafblind people in the Midlands.
What we do
Our main objectives are to:
- Provide opportunities for our members to meet to socialise have fun and provide mutual support to one another, on an informal basis
- Focus on the local Deafblind community and organise and fund regular activities and events for deafblind children adults and their families
- Raise funds to support deafblind people and their families in the Midlands
- Work with local businesses, councillors and community leaders to raise awareness of deafblind issues and help improve deafblind services in the Midlands
- Campaign on deafblind issues that are important to our members and will work Sense, the national organisation to have a voice on local and national issues and campaigns
Dates for the diary
Watch this space for details of our next family and members' day out this summer!
West Midlands Branch kicks off in style!
The new West Midlands sense branch recently held their first charity day dubbed the Rio Carnival, and what a fantastic day it was. Unfortunately, the weather wasn't fantastic but it did not dampen the spirits and it was so good to see so many smiling faces, and seeing everyone enjoy the day.
The main sponsors of the event, Epic Investments provided funding so that all proceeds were donated to the branch and other sponsors Jörg Schwarzbach of Tentickle Stretch Tents provided the fantastic marquee free of charge, and there was also Joe and Jess of Shake Entertainment who again offered their services for free, and lastly the venue, Aston Unity Cricket Club who let us use their facilities - we would like to say a huge thank you to them all.
As it was the branch's first event, we weren't sure if we would have the success we had. The main reason for organising the event was to bring sense users and staff together with other local people and enjoy a day filled with fun and laughter. We had archery, sack racing, pluck a duck, a bouncy castle, face painting, balloon shaping, a tombola and raffle to get everyone in the mood for a fun day. We also had numerous stalls selling items such as cakes, soaps, Beauty products, artwork, crafts and pottery.
We managed to raise just over £1,100 for the branch and these funds will be used to help Sense and its users in all kinds of activities and fun days out so make a difference to many lives.
We would like to thank all sense staff for their attendance and help throughout the day, as well as the users that helped out. It was great to see everyone enjoying themselves despite the weather's best efforts to stop play.
Andy Durham - Chair person
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First published: Wednesday 6 April 2016
Updated: Wednesday 25 May 2016