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Supporting the Deafblind
Saturday 29 September 2012

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, London hosted a special presentation by Sense – the UK’s charity for people who are both deaf and blind – on the evening of Saturday 29 September 2012. 

The work of Sense is wide-reaching, from providing practical and emotional help to parents whose newborn baby has been diagnosed as deaf and blind, to supporting the growing number of people who lose their sight and hearing in older age so that they can continue to lead independent lives. 

Sunil Sheth, Chairman of Sense International, presented a video about the charity’s work in India before making a presentation about Sense’s holiday programme in the UK. Each year, Sense organises vacations for 100 deafblind children and adults who have an opportunity to enjoy a range of activities just like other boys and girls which they ordinarily would not be able to experience. These short breaks adapt to the needs of the deafblind person. 

The charity relies on volunteers from all walks of life and without them these holidays would not be possible. Each volunteer is paired with a child to support them and to ensure they have a superb holiday. Testimonies from volunteers can be seen here

Rakesh, a volunteer last year, shared, “It is funny to think how apprehensive I was about signing up to it. My Sense holiday was a fantastic experience! I’ve never worked so hard but I loved every second.” 

During the presentation, Sense also encouraged those who are able to work well in a team and have ‘stamina and a sense of humour’ to volunteer in the summer of 2013. 

To find out more about volunteering on a Sense holiday, please click here

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