What we do

Sense offers high quality, flexible services across the UK, using skilled staff and a dedicated network of volunteers. We tailor the support we offer to the individual needs of each person so they can live as independently as possible and participate fully in the lives of their local communities.

Woman with support worker in Sense accommodation, a young woman and volunteer on a holiday, a young boy with an intervenor

Children’s Specialist Services

Children's Specialist Services is a team of specialist teachers, children’s therapists and children and family support workers that offers a range of services including: help when a child is first diagnosed, assessments and advice to help children learn and develop, plus extra support at times of crisis and transition.

Holidays

We organise around 25 week-long summer holidays for more than 100 deafblind children and adults each year. Within the adult range (19 years and over), holidays are prioritised by applications from people living at home with their families. We also offer holidays for older people with hearing and sight loss.

Short Breaks

We also offer a range of short breaks, including during the day or evening, at weekends and longer planned holidays away from home.

Accommodation choices

Sense offers a range of housing options where people can be supported to run their day-to-day lives, to be as independent as possible, to be part of their community and to thrive. All our supported living and residential care services are inspected by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Sense College

Sense College is an Independent Specialist College (ISC) operating in the East Midlands and the East of England. The college is committed to providing the best quality education and lifelong learning experience by supporting young people and adults with sensory loss and additional disabilities – and a broad range of needs and abilities.

Community resource centres

At our Sense day services and community resource centres around the UK – each predominantly specialising in either children’s or adult care – people are able to choose from a wide range of activities and programmes that can help them to develop their communication and living skills.

TouchBase

TouchBase is Sense’s exciting new development for people who are deafblind and those with sensory impairments, and the wider community in Birmingham. 

Man with his communicator guide in a supermarket, young people at a weekend, woman reading with a support worker in Sense accommodation

Individual support in the community

Communicator Guides offer communication support, guiding skills and practical help – such as help with shopping or dealing with mail – to enable people who are deafblind to continue to live independently.

Intervenors are trained to work one to one with congenitally deafblind children, young people and adults. Their role includes support in the development of communication, access to education, social and leisure opportunities.  They promote independence by encouraging people who are deafblind to do things for themselves.

Usher Service

Sense Usher Service has an Usher team that specialise in the field of Usher and support people with Usher, their families and professionals. The Usher team support covers advice, assessments, training, mentoring and professional support.  Contact info@sense.org.uk or usher@sense.org.uk for more information. You can also follow us on Facebook - Sense Usher Service.

Branches and membership

To help families to come together for mutual support, share information and to keep up with the latest developments, Sense supports local branches and offers a membership scheme.

Information and advice

Our Information and advice team is often the first point of contact for Sense services. It provides information and guidance on all issues relating to deafblindness, including the use of technology. We also offer legal advice and casework.