Sense Connect

Sense Connect is our new national project for children and adults with complex disabilities and their families. The programme will offer disabled people and their siblings and young carers the opportunity to form social connections either 1:1 or in groups to help reduce loneliness, enhancing social cohesion and, most importantly, have fun!

In response to Covid-19 Sense has reconfigured our services. We've been continuing to offer services across our departments to children, young people, siblings, adults and their families. We've been providing virtual opportunities to engage in 1:1 sessions, groups and buddying as well as providing postal activities for those already known to us. We're now in a position to extend and scale up our offer nationally and reach new users externally.

Please note; making referral does not guarantee acceptance onto any of our programmes. We will contact the person making the referral to discuss next steps.

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Siblings and Young Carers

Siblings and Young Carers is a new online project aimed at supporting the wellbeing of young people with a caring role. 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.

Virtual Buddying

Virtual Buddying is an online friendship project helping to develop new friendships between people with complex communication needs and volunteers who share the same interests. Buddies spend time with together over video call, phone or letter making connections, sharing fun activities and discovering new passions. Virtual Buddies is suitable for individuals of all ages with complex communication and sensory needs.

Children’s services

The Sense Specialist Services for Children and Young People team continue to offer a range of support to children/young people aged 0-25 who have a multi-sensory impairment (deafblindness) or a single sensory impairment and additional needs. They have expanded their work, including virtual support to increase social connections and increase interaction during Covid-19. We are providing virtual groups for pre-school children (aged 0-5) led by our MSI Teachers and Practitioners. We are also providing virtual groups for school aged children. As well as groups we can provide bespoke, individualised virtual sessions to increase a young person’s 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.

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