Walk for Deafblind Awarenesss Week 2018

Deafblind Awareness Week takes place 24-30 June 2018, and this year hundreds of people will be raising awareness across England by taking part in Sense Walks. And we’re inviting you to join us.

Deafblind Awareness Week takes place every year around the birthday of world famous deafblind American author and activist, Helen Keller, who was born on 27 June 1880. Keller was instrumental in raising awareness of deafblindness among the public, helping them understand what life is like when you have both sight and hearing loss.

A large group of people walking on a street wearing orange tshirts

Why do we walk for Deafblind Awareness Week?

The idea for mass walks was inspired by ‘Roger’s Walk’ – in memory of a man called Roger Mulholland, who was deafblind.

Roger sadly died in 2015 at the age of 29, and a sensory walk was organised by his family and friends in his memory. In 2016, the Deputy Lord Mayor of Exeter joined dozens of people who took to the streets during Deafblind Awareness Week to mark the occasion.

We were so inspired by Roger’s Walk, that we decided to make walking part of every Deafblind Awareness Week. And the tradition of the Sense Walk has continued ever since.

A large group of men and women walking and using wheelchairs wearing orange caps and t-shirts that say 'Sense'

Join a Sense Walk for Deafblind Awareness Week 2018

Sense Shops, Sense Centres and local venues will be the start-point for this year's Sense Walks. It’s a great chance for people of all abilities to come together and start a conversation about deafblindness, sensory impairments and complex communication needs.

The walks are short, inclusive and accessible gentle strolls appropriate for children, older people and disabled people.

If you’d like to join us, feel free to come along to any of the following locations, but be sure to check the date and start time below as they’re different for each walk.

Below are details, including when and where to join in. We hope to meet you there!

Town Meeting point Date Time
Exeter Transit Shed, EX2 4AN Saturday 23 June 11am
Lowestoft Sense Shop on London Road, NR32 1NB Saturday 23 June 1pm
Lincoln Hartsholme Country Park cafe, LN6 0EY Sunday 24 June 11am
Birmingham Midland Arts Centre, B12 9QH Monday 25 June 11am
Cambridge Sense Shop on Burleigh Street, CB1 1DJ Thursday 28 June 10:30am
Peterborough Ferry Meadows Country Park, Activity Centre Thursday 28 June 11am
Ipswich 12 Meredith Rd, Whitton, Ipswich, IP1 6EB Friday 29 June 10.00am
Barnet TouchBase South East, EN5 5TJ Friday 29 June 10:30am

If you have any questions about any of the walks, please email damian.field@sense.org.uk