Sense branches

Branches are groups of people who are interested in deafblindness and other associated disabilities who come together to offer each other mutual support.

They can campaign for services and the needs of deafblind people, share information, experiences and ideas and have fun socialising together. Branches fundraise for their own activities, but benefit from the help and advice of Sense staff.  

Woman crouched with an owl next to a child in a pram

Who are branches for?

Branches are for anyone who has an interest in deafblindness and / or associated disabilities:

  • Deafblind people, congenital and acquired
  • Parents with deafblind children
  • Carers of older deafblind people
  • Parents who are deafblind and their children
  • People with Usher and their families
  • Siblings, grandparents, aunties, uncles etc. of deafblind people
  • Friends of deafblind people, families of Sense
  • Volunteers
  • Professionals

In other words - everyone is welcome!

Get involved in your local branch

Whether you are a family member, deafblind person, professional or friend looking for that support network, your local Sense branch will always welcome you. There’s always a warm welcome too for any organisation, local business or individual looking to financially support a worthwhile cause, and to anyone who is able to volunteer their time or a particular skill. Find out more about the benefits of being part of a branch.

If you are interested in getting involved with your local branch please contact them directly. Please note the below contact details are for volunteers and representatives from each branch. If you have a general or professional query for a Sense member of staff please contact our Information and Advice service.

Sense Avon branch
Rae Care
Email: raecare03@gmail.com

Sense Cornwall branchRachel Perris
Email: areperris@aol.com
Tel:  0797 0981223
>Cornwall branch page

Sense North and Mid Wales branch
Jane Plant
Gode'r Graig, Pentree, Minera, Wrexham LL11 3DP
Email: family_plant@yahoo.co.uk
Tel: 01978 754308

The Devon group
Clive Eden
19 Powderham Road, Newton Abbot, Devon TQ12 1EU
Email: clive_2805@hotmail.co.uk
Tel: 01626 354176

Sense East Anglia branch
Liz Royle
The Lanterns, Church Lane, Playford, Ipswich, Suffolk IP6 9DS
Tel: 01473 622443
> East Anglia branch page

Sense Kent branch
Oliver Walder
84 Cumberland Road, Bromley, Kent BR2 0PW
Email: oliver_walder@yahoo.com
Tel: 020 8460 4586
> Kent branch page

Sense North West branch

38 New Mill St
Eccleston
Chorley
Lancs
PR7 5FT

Email: jcarter38@talktalk.net
Tel: 01257432513

Sense Northern Ireland branch
Muriel and Tom Mathers
11 The Coaches, Brown Brae, Croft Road, Holywood BT18 0LE
Email: murielmathers@btinternet.com
Tel: 028 9042 1475

HSI (Hearing Sight Impaired UK) South
Contact: Birgit Fiebig
Email: birgit.fiebig@gmail.com
> HSI UK South page

Cornwall Branch
Rachel Perris - Chair
Tel: 07970981223
Email: areperris@aol.com

Leicester Branch
Lynda Jones
15 Overfield Close, Ratby, Leicester LE6 0JX
Email: lynda.helen@talktalk.net
Tel: 0116 2394390
Mobile: 07712109633
> Leicester branch page

Sense West Midlands Branch
Andy Durham Chair person
Email : andy@techniswage.com
Mobile: 07985701912
> West Midlands branch page

More information

If you would like more information or to talk about starting up a new group or branch please contact:

Josie Bell,  Family and Branches Liaison Officer
9a Birkdale Avenue,  Selly Oak, Birmingham B29 6UB
Email: josie.bell@sense.org.uk
Tel: 0121 415 6744
Textphone: 0121 415 2720

First published: Tuesday 29 May 2012
Updated: Friday 4 August 2017