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Sensory Disability

Sense

Sense is a national disability charity that supports people with complex communication needs, including deafblindness, to be understood, connected and valued.

Our expertise in supporting individuals with communication needs benefits people of all ages, as well as their families and carers. We provide information and advice, offer a wide range of flexible services and campaign passionately for the rights of people we serve.

Founded in 1955 by a group of families affected by rubella, Sense developed specialist skills and knowledge in supporting people to communicate, express themselves and grow in independence. This experience now enables Sense to help people with a much wider range of disabilities.

Our specialist services are built around the wishes and needs of the individual, supporting people to be as independent as possible. Our services include a range of housing options, resource centres, educational support, short breaks and arts, sport and wellbeing programmes.

Gifts in Wills are vital to Sense. Currently they account for around a quarter of our fundraised income and help us to secure the future of our work.

However big or small, a gift in your Will can leave a lasting legacy of helping children and adults who are deafblind or who have complex communication needs to be all that they can be.

For further information about leaving a gift in your Will to Sense please call 0300 330 9257 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

dDeaflinks Staffordshire

dDeaflinks is a non-statutory Registered Charity (charity number 1063573) offering services to dDeaf people throughout Staffordshire.

dDeaflinks offers a range of services, information and advice on a variety of issues. We also provide training courses including British Sign Language ranging from taster, Introduction, Level 1, Level 2 to Introduction to Level 3 (some are free), social groups including a church group.

The charity is committed to actively supporting the equal opportunities of all dDeaf people in health, employment, training, services, information and education.

We have been in existence as a charity since 1868 and at the centre in Wellesley Street, Shelton,ST1 4NF since 1937 when it was purpose built. We work exclusively to support local hearing impaired people. It costs over £25,000 per year to keep the centre open and maintained.

For further information on donating to this charity tel 01782 219161 or visit their website at www.deaflinksstaffordshire.com

The Seeing Dogs Alliance

Charity Number 1156790

Seeing Dogs has made steady progress since it started operations in 2001. It was launched, and is supported, mainly by guide dog owners who want a competitor charity, as is available to blind and partially sighted people in most developed countries. Our successful rearing/training programme continually includes several dogs either being puppy reared or receiving their Seeing Dog (our term for guide dog) training. Except for the highly skilled final training, we depend on volunteers, so that, with careful monetary control, it costs us about £15,000 to train each dog and owner, about a third of what would otherwise be expected.


Our clients are currently usually trained in their home environment, although our target is to have a dedicated training centre. When residential training has been required, we have used hotels. Puppies remain with the puppy rearers till they are 12-14 months old, during which time they are familiarised with all the circumstances they are likely to encounter as Seeing Dogs - crowded streets, heavy traffic, buses, trains, cars, cafés, restaurants, stairs (although not escalators), lifts, swing doors, etc. An allowance is available to cover the expenses of this very important pre-training work. We like our puppy rearers to take their charges to puppy training classes, however, which help with obedience training and socialisation with other dogs. We provide them with a reference manual, and visit them from time to time to check on the puppies’ progress. We are also always at the other end of a phone to give advice or to obtain it for them.

Currently, waiting lists for trained dogs are such that some clients wait months or longer to be trained with a dog. This is particularly serious for elderly people waiting for replacements. If they are without a dog for a period, they can lose the mobility needed to complete training when a dog becomes available. We urgently need funds to change this situation. With twenty owner and dog partnerships qualified, we have proved we produce trained dogs to the very high standard required, at a price well below the norm. Please help us.

For further information on donating to this charity tel 01483 765556, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or visit their website at www.seeingdogs.org.uk

Camphill Foundation UK

Camphill Foundation provides much-needed financial support to projects which greatly enhance the quality of life of adults, children and young people with learning disabilities. Camphill communities throughout the UK and Ireland offer safe and supportive environments in a variety of semi-rural and urban settings where individuals can feel at home and develop their personal abilities and interests. There is also a strong sense of belonging to a diverse but cohesive intentional community and supported living network. Work opportunities abound, giving a real sense of meaning, purpose and achievement, which is essential for a person’s well-being.

Camphill Foundation supports development projects such as the building of new accommodation, establishing new workshops and facilities, developing agricultural and horticultural activities, providing new equipment, and various educational, training, cultural and social initiatives. Support is often in the form of grants to help projects get started and loans at a low rate of interest, usually over several years.

Supporting Camphill Foundation means also fostering a new understanding and recognition of people with disabilities and enabling them to develop and make use of their astonishing talents and skills as fully engaged, talented and co-responsible members of the community carrying out important and meaningful work which is both fulfilling for them and of great value to others.

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For further information on donating to this charity tel 01454 601995 or visit their website at www.camphillfoundation.net