Our corporate partnerships help support children and adults who are living with complex disabilities.
Sense partners with organisations big and small, all over the UK. Through our corporate partnerships, we improve accessibility for disabled people, raise disability awareness and provide opportunities for corporate volunteering and fundraising.
If you’d like to partner with Sense, get in touch with our team by emailing [email protected].
We gained invaluable team-building opportunities and Sense were also kind enough to provide us with a BSL course in-house – the sign language is still used today by colleagues in Cadbury World!”Mike Hobin, area PCM for Mondelez International
Some of our partners past and present
Sense is partnering with Thames Water to raise awareness of their priority services register, helping them to support people with complex disabilities.
Warren Buckley, Thames Water retail director, said: “Working with Sense means we can raise awareness of the priority services register and its benefits to families and individuals that might need more help in the way we communicate with them or if there is an issue with their water supply. I’m incredibly proud of this partnership, which will help more customers and families of customers who have complex needs.”
Staff at Mondelez International in Birmingham have volunteered and fundraised for Sense in lots of different ways over the years. In return, we’ve provided BSL training for staff at Cadbury World.
Mike Hobin, Area PCM at Mondelez International, says: “We got in touch with Sense to look at volunteering and fundraising activities and over the years have contributed to tea parties, shop swaps, event stewarding and more. We have also met some fantastic people and gained a lasting relationship with the local community.”
Sense is partnering with Severn Trent to develop employment and training opportunities for disabled people, removing barriers to the world of work.
As part of this initiative, Severn Trent staff have received training from Sense in:
- Deaf awareness
- Sight loss awareness
- Assistive technology
- Access to work
Severn Trent also sponsored Sense’s Pan Disability Jobs Fair in April 2022, supporting accessible employment for all.
Since April 2020, Sense Active has been successfully using Meetupcall, the accessible telephone conferencing platform, to host yoga and dance sessions for visually impaired people.
Shirley, aged 83, takes part in a weekly dance class hosted by SenseActive and Meetupcall. She said: “I’m not tech-friendly, so it’s definitely useful to do it over the phone. The mental benefits are no end. It gets the endorphins going, it’s very lifting and you feel better for having done it.”
Mazars, the international accountancy and advisory firm, was awarded a Guinness World Record for ‘Largest Tactile Signing Lesson’ in partnership with Sense in 2018. Mazars staff also took part in an epic cycling challenge covering 1,000 miles to raise money for Sense, starting Glasgow and ending up by Tower Bridge in London!
What you can expect from Sense as a partner
A partnership tailored to you
Every partnership with Sense is different. Our experienced team will work closely with you to create a meaningful experience for your company. We’ll help you hit your targets and inspire your staff by letting them know exactly how they’re making a difference.
Experts in accessibility
With our decades of expertise and disabled-led approach, we work closely with companies to raise disability awareness. We can deliver training on accessible communication, including an introduction to British Sign Language (BSL) via Sense Sign School. We can also signpost to formal BSL courses.
Diverse volunteering opportunities
Our volunteering roles offer something for everyone. We have over 100 charity shops across the UK where your employees can build their skills. We also welcome empathetic volunteers who want to work directly with disabled people, whether online or in-person.
How you can partner with Sense
Choose Sense as your charity of the year
By nominating Sense as your charity of the year, you’ll be making a big difference to the lives of people with complex disabilities and their families.
We’ll work closely with you to develop lots of exciting ways for your staff to volunteer and fundraise with us. Beyond that, we’ll develop a strategic partnership with real impact, both for you and for the people we support.
We’ll put together an exciting fundraising calendar of ideas to inspire your employees.
We offer volunteering roles to suit everyone. You can help out on a Sense Holiday or Short Break, take over a Sense Shop for a day or give your time to make friends with a young disabled person on our Virtual Buddying programme.
If your company has limited time, you might be interested in making a one-off donation. This could help us deliver vital support, training or equipment to the disabled people we work with. Simply get in touch with our team to set this up.
You can sponsor one of our flagship events, such as the London Marathon. As a sponsor, your company can reach new audiences while supporting a great cause. It’s a win-win!
Payroll and match giving
Your employees can support Sense through payroll giving. Payroll giving is an easy way to donate to us directly from your salary.
Matching your employees’ contribution is another great way your company can give to us. If you’d like to find out more about match giving, get in touch with our team.
Got any questions?
If you’re thinking about becoming a Sense partner, we’d love to hear from you.