Birmingham charity walk raises awareness of people with disabilities

On Monday afternoon (6th), MP for Birmingham Selly Oak Steve McCabe joined over 200 people in Selly Oak for a mass walk to raise awareness of people with disabilities living in the community, ahead of the opening of a pioneering new centre for Birmingham.

The half hour walk, organsied by national disability charity Sense, took its participants through Selly Oak, along a stretch of the Worcester and Birmingham Canal, before finishing in Bournville. The group met at the site of TouchBase Pears, the £14m centre that will open in the summer, providing services for the whole community and specialist provision for people with disabilities.

People with disabilities, community groups and local businesses took part in the free walk, as excitement builds for the opening of TouchBase Pears. The TouchBase Pears centre, which has been praised for continuing the regeneration of Selly Oak, will create over 130 jobs and include an arts and performance space, café, and conference rooms, as well specialist services for people with complex needs.

The walk, organised by national disability charity Sense, comes ahead of the opening of ‘TouchBase Pears’ – a pioneering centre opening in the summer

TouchBase Pears will provide services to the whole community and specialist provision for people with disabilities living in Birmingham.

Anyone who has a disability knows the potential mental health effects that a disability can cause. While ToucBase is a huge step forward in opportunities and resources for those with disabilities, in many cases, a therapist can help people cope with day to day living. One great resource is BetterHelp – an online platform with therapists custom matched to individuals in order to help them get the most out of their therapy experience.

About Sense:

Sense is a national charity that supports people who are deafblind, have sensory impairments or complex needs, to enjoy more independent lives. 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 the people we serve.

www.sense.org.uk