Sense Connect

A series of Sense services are now also available online through the Sense Connect programme

About Sense Connect

For over 65 years, Sense has offered a wide range of support for families, adults and children with complex disabilities, including deafblindness, to tackle social isolation and ensure people are less lonely and more connected with their communities. With physical contact now restricted, a series of Sense services are now also available online, to tackle loneliness and isolation, through the Sense Connect programme. These services are all funded by the Government Loneliness Fund and are free of charge.

Virtual Buddying

The Sense Buddying service, that matches a disabled person with a volunteer, is now also available online, with buddies socialising over phone, videocall or letter. Our volunteer buddies are matched with people based on their communication style, hobbies and interests, with a focus on growing friendships. Virtual Buddying is available for individuals of all ages with complex communication and sensory needs.

Sense Specialist Services for Children and Young People

The Sense Specialist Services for Children and Young People is offering online information and advice, and support and activity sessions.  The team is running both virtual group activities and individual sessions to increase communication skills, access to information and play skills. These sessions will provide the children with meaningful interactions to increase confidence and well-being. We are also providing virtual support groups for parents and carers. These sessions are suitable for children/young people aged 0-25 who have a multi-sensory impairment (deafblindness) or a single sensory impairment and additional needs.

Siblings and Young Carers

Siblings and Young Carers is a new online project aimed at supporting the wellbeing of young people with caring responsibilities. The project includes both age appropriate group sessions and one to one peer sessions where young people can share their experiences and interests with a fellow sibling or young carer. The Siblings and Young Carers project is suitable for young people aged 5-18 who have a sibling or parent with complex communication needs.

If you are a family caring for a child or young person with multi-sensory impairment, are disabled yourself, or know one who may  benefit from this service, visit the Sense Connect referral page, by using the button below:

Sense Arts, Sports and Wellbeing

As leaders in inclusive Arts, Sport & Wellbeing we are dedicated to empowering people with complex disabilities to lead creative and active lives. As part of the Sense Connect programme we are delivering accessible programmes that give everyone the time and space to take part.  We are working closely with the buddying and children’s service to provide specialist opportunities & activities. We provide a mixture of live sessions, pre-recorded videos, written activity sheets &/or specialist equipment bundles sent out to homes. 

We currently offer a regular email with a wide variety of arts & sports activities.

What we do:

Sports – Sport and physical activity plays a key role in keeping people fit and healthy, supporting social inclusion, and building confidence through learning new skills and making friends.

Arts & Wellbeing - We believe that arts should be at the heart of great support and that people thrive when they have the space for expression, individuality, connection and understanding. We support disabled people as art-makers and as leaders in their creative field. 

If you have any questions at all about Sense Connect – please get in touch with us by emailing sense.connect@sense.org.uk.