Who we are and what we do

Who we are

A man wearing headphones and a woman holding his hands to help himSense is a national charity that supports people who are deafblind, have sensory impairments or complex needs, to enjoy more independent lives.

Our expertise in supporting individuals with communication needs benefits people of all ages, as well as their families and carers. 

Founded in 1955 by a group of families affected by rubella, Sense developed specialist skills and knowledge in supporting people to communicate, express themselves and grow in independence. This experience now enables Sense to help people with a much wider range of disabilities.

You can see how we have developed over the past 60 years on our history page.

Our patron is HRH Princess Royal.

What we do

Sense provides information and advice, offers a wide range of flexible services and campaigns passionately for the rights of the people we serve.

Our specialist services are built around the wishes and needs of the individual, supporting people to be as independent as possible.

Our services include a range of housing options, resource centres, educational support, short breaks and arts, sport and wellbeing programmes.

Find out more about the services we offer.

First published: Friday 23 March 2012
Updated: Wednesday 12 October 2016