Introduction

The ‘Sense, Active Together’ programme provides opportunities for people with disabilities to take part in sport and physical activity.

These people could either be currently supported by Sense, or be individuals and groups in the community, of any age.

The programme is delivered by Sense Active, part of Sense’s Arts, Sport & Wellbeing offer and is funded by Sport England and the National Lottery from 2019 – 2022.

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Impact so far

The mid-project evaluation impact report includes the following successes:

Participation

4,670 individuals have attended 24 different types of activities

Children and young people (14 and under)

325 children and young people engaged

Workforce development

285 people upskilled in 21 workshops

Innovation

150 people upskilled in providing Sensory Walks and 40 coaches upskilled in Sensory Sport

Evaluation and learning

Co-founded Disability and Physical Activity Impact Collective

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Our partners

Cross-sector partnerships are crucial and in total we’ve worked with over 100 organisations across the sport and social care sectors. 

With the disproportionate impact that Covid-19 has had on disabled people in the last 18 months, now more than ever is a time for true collaboration to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to lead an active life.

Thank you to all our partners, which include:

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 Read more about the people we support 

Kyllian

Kyllian sits on a woman's lap. He's smiling and holding drum sticksKyllian has speech delay which provides challenges with communication. He cannot say most words, and with those he can, he finds them difficult to pronounce. Kyllian’s speech and language therapist has been working towards Kyllian communicating his choices, which is something he rarely does.

Over summer, Sense Active supported the delivery of an online drumming taster session one Saturday morning. Kyllian’s parents found that he really enjoyed the session, much more than anything else he had been doing virtually, and so they decided to sign him up to Sense’s weekly Drumming to Music (Pound Fit) sessions.

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.​

Franklyn

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.

Val

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.

 

More information

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Get in touch

To get involved, collaborate or find out more about our ‘Sense, Active Together’ project, please do get in touch: Sense.Active@sense.org.uk