Where we work

Meet our team, and find out more about where our programme is being delivered.

Our ‘Sense, Active Together’ project funded by Sport England will be delivered across London, South East, North and the Midlands. We will appoint two additional co-ordinators in the East of England and the South West to work more closely with our services in those areas, and with the wider community.

Alissa Ayling is our National Sport Manager and is responsible for the growth and development of the Sense Sport programme and team.  This includes generating new initiatives, managing strategic partnerships, influencing the sport & health sector, and collaborating with key organisations.

For individuals or organisations who would like to get in touch about working with the sense sports team, or to find out more about our work, please do get in touch.

Email: alissa.ayling@sense.org.uk          

Mobile: 07813 437951

How I like to stay active

'I enjoy taking part in lots of different sports and activities, and am always keen to learn new skills. Tennis is in my veins having played since I was very young, and nowadays I enjoy the doubles court where the strategy always changes, and you can share in the fun with someone else! I’m passionate about making sure no-one is left out, and there are lifelong opportunities for the people we support to be active.'

Callan Barber is our Midlands Sports Coordinator and works closely with the Sense Residential, College and Day Services across the region, as well community members and other local organisations.  Callan is based at Touchbase Pears - our pioneering multi-purpose centre in Birmingham. At Touchbase Pears, and across the Midlands region, Sense delivers a range of sport and physical activity sessions for the whole community, including cycling, yoga and basketball.  If there is an existing activity you would like to try, or a new activity not listed, do get in touch.

Email: callan.barber@sense.org.uk 

Phone: 0121 415 2759  

Mobile: 07813 825 571

How I like to stay active

'In my spare time I love playing sport and going to the gym to keep fit. It’s so much more fun taking part with others- being part of a team has so many benefits mentally and socially. I am also a huge fan of keeping active and healthy in the workplace, and will regularly work standing up, or take the stairs rather than the lift to the office. Through my work with Sense I have found that sport is not for everyone, but we can still support people to be a bit healthier by making small changes to their everyday lives.'

Our London Sports Coordinator will shortly be joining the team, and will work closely with our Sense services in Barnet (Touchbase South East) and Walthamstow (Sense home, Walthamstow) as well as community members and organisations across London.

In London we offer a range of activities for people aged 12+ including rock climbing, yoga, football, tai chi and dance. 

 

Paul Downes is our North based Regional Sports Coordinator and works closely with our Sense services in South and West Yorkshire areas (Rotherham and Leeds) as well as community members and other organisations across the North.

Across the North we offer a range of activities for people aged 12+ including Football, Table Tennis, Pound, Sensory Circuits and Ice skating. If there is an existing activity you would like to try, or a new activity not listed, do get in touch.

Email: paul.downes@sense.org.uk   

Mobile: 07970 339871

How I like to stay active

‘I’m currently training for the London Marathon 2019 and I’m running for Sense so that is taking most of my free time up. I also like to swim and cycle when I can and I do like working on a bit of strength and conditioning but never in the gym as I like to use free-weights and kettle bells at home or even better outside in the garden’.

Jon Fearn is our Sport and Outdoors Development Coordinator based at Touchbase Pears in the Midlands.  He is responsible for co-ordinating a weekly activity programme for the Sense Residential and Day services in Birmingham.

Email: Jon.Fearn@sense.org.uk 

Mobile: 07763 490186

How I like to stay active

'Running the weekly activities here at Sense in the Midlands all helps me stay fit, healthy and active. From Rambling to Rock Climbing and Ice Skating, as well as Sailing, Outdoor Pursuits and WheelyBoat activities, I enjoy a varied and active lifestyle. Outside of my work at Sense, I also enjoy walking my dog, swimming and yoga.'