Sense Short Breaks

Activity groups, weekly afternoons out with friendly volunteer buddies and residential trips away from home – we offer short breaks to suit everyone. You choose your adventure!

Every one of our Sense Short Breaks for children and young people is a fun-filled adventure.

From breaks away from home to group activities and afternoons out, we offer a range of opportunities for everyone.

Whatever you choose to do, our experienced leaders, and team of fun and friendly volunteers, will be there to support you.

Together, we might try things that you hadn’t even thought were possible!

Read below about the challenge that Mark took on during his five-day Sense Short Break and the friendship that has formed between Laely and Jenny on the Tower Hamlets buddying scheme.

A young man is assisted to balance on a high rope

Mark's short break

Mark enjoyed a jam-packed five-day Sense Short Break down on Conygre Farm, which included having a go at lots of new activities.

On a day trip to an outdoor activity centre, Mark chose to take on an extra special challenge: conquering his fear of his heights.

Together with an experienced climbing partner and the support of his new friends, Mark tackled the centre’s indoor climbing wall.

With each climb Mark’s confidence increased and, by the end of the day, he was climbing the wall on his own. This led to massive cheers from everyone – and to Mark’s mum and dad telling us how proud they were of his bravery and determination.

A woman and young woman standing by a wall, holding hands and waving

Laely and her buddy

Laely and volunteer Jenny met on our Tower Hamlets buddying scheme, and have been firm friends ever since.

The pair get together every week for a few hours of fun, and a chance to indulge in some shared passions. Together, they have visited London parks, gone swimming, ridden a pedalo, taken a tour of the Cutty Sark and London Aquarium, and got crafty at a pottery class.

Jenny has become an expert in the way Laely likes to communicate, and they chat using pictures, gestures and symbols. Together, the pair have got out in their local community, learnt new things and, above all, become great friends. 

Activity groups

Sense also provides a number of activity groups, including our Get Out There (GOT) activity groups, who love getting out and about, and are always off on new adventures.

The young people go on weekly, monthly and summer holiday days out, including theme park visits, train rides, discos, surfing, ice skating, horse riding, power boating and drama.

Each Sense GOT group chooses the activities they want to try. One recent day out saw a group catching a ferry to the Scilly Isles, where they enjoyed watching dolphins jumping in and out of the waves, playing on the beach, and meeting some friendly locals.

 

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Who are Sense Short Breaks for?

Sense Short Breaks are for children and young people who have complex communication needs, including those who are deafblind or multi-sensory impaired.