Our Impact

Through our programme, we aim to increase the number of people with complex disabilities taking part in physical activity.

Sport and physical activity play a key role in keeping people fit and healthy, supporting social inclusion and building confidence through learning new skills and making friends. At Sense, we believe everyone, no matter how complex their disabilities, deserves the right to enjoy a physically active life.

Our project ‘Sense, Active, Together’, funded by Sport England aims to increase the numbers of people with complex disabilities taking part in physical activity, through creating inclusive, fun and engaging sporting activities within the community. We provide opportunities for children and adults from our Sense services and the wider community to learn new skills linked to daily living, meet and connect with others, and take part in activities which support physical health.

Over the last four years we have worked with local and national partners to provide opportunities for people with complex disabilities to be more active. We have delivered 1778 sessions and have reached 2065 people with complex disabilities.

We have also supported the wider sector by increasing awareness and confidence for people supporting someone with a disability in a sport of physical activity setting through our ‘Connecting Differently Through Sport’ workshop. We have upskilled over 227 coaches, leisure staff, teachers, support staff and other individuals. 

Through our programme, we aim to break down perception barriers about what is possible for people with complex disabilities, and our individual case studies reflect the individual impact that the programme has had on their lives.


Read more about the people we support 

Janet and Sarah

Two women sitting on a sofa. One is holding drumsticksJanet is deafblind and due to her medication has to make sure that she exercises regularly. Sarah has been supporting Janet, who has just turned 56, for 12 years and the pair have had many adventures together. For Janet’s emotional, mental and physical wellbeing, exercise plays an incredibly important role. So during the Covid-19 lockdown in 2020, she was at a loss.

Fortunately, Sense Active have provided a wealth of opportunities to stay active virtually delivering live sessions, creating pre-recorded videos and providing written activities. These sessions have done this incredible pair the world of good. For Sarah, it has enabled her to still provide essential support during the lockdown and for Janet, she can now take part in activities that are vital for her overall wellbeing.​


Two young men climbing up an indoor rock climbing wall

Franklyn (25) is a resident at the Sense Hyde Close home in Barnet. Franklyn is deafblind and has cerebral palsy, he has partial sight in his left eye and no useful hearing. Franklyn started attending our rock climbing sessions at the Castle Climbing Centre in North London. The first two sessions, Franklyn used the time to familiarise himself with the new surroundings and get to know the instructor. By the third session he was climbing. Both his mum and support workers have seen a huge change in him. He has increased confidence and has developed a trusting relationship with the instructor.

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Women sitting in chairs taking part in strength exercisesVal is 72 and began attending Oomph! wellbeing classes at Sense Touchbase Pears in January 2019. Previously Val felt very isolated and lonely, however after attending Oomph! on a weekly basis, she has gained a great deal of confidence, and her social network has increased. She believes that Oopmh! has given her the confidence to achieve things this year which she never thought she would. In addition, she is a lot less sedentary than she was previously, and taking part in Oomph! has also inspired her to take up yoga, which she now does weekly.