Help give deafblind people a holiday to remember, urges volunteer

FUN: Student Andy Skinner volunteers with Sense Holidays for deafblind children and adults

FUN: Student Andy Skinner volunteers with Sense Holidays for deafblind children and adults

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BOURNEMOUTH University student Andy Skinner is calling on the public to help make holidays possible for deafblind children and adults.

The 18-year-old is a volunteer for Sense Holidays and has been inspired to help out by his sister, Emma, who is blind.

The 22-year-old, who also suffers from physical disabilities, is one of those to benefit from the holidays, which are due to take place in locations across the UK this year, including Dorset in July.

Andy, an occupational therapy student, first volunteered two years ago and has supported an eight-year-old boy with hearing and sight loss to go go-karting, zorbing and tobogganing.

He said: “Although I grew up around somebody with a disability I never really knew what it was like to spend time with a disabled person one-to-one, tuning into their world, their fears and hopes.

“Volunteering on Sense Holidays has opened my eyes up to this and I think that it has helped me to gain a better understanding of what my sister’s disability means not only for her, but for the rest of my family too.

“It also made me realise the importance of a disabled person being able to access the same things as a non-disabled person like the opportunity to go on a summer holiday and try new activities.”

In 2014 Sense plans to run 24 week-long summer holidays across England and Wales for over 100 deafblind children and adults. The programme is completely dependent on volunteers, like Andy, who provide one-to-one support to deafblind people while enjoying a free week-long summer holiday and gaining valuable volunteering experience.

If you’d like to volunteer for Sense Holidays, visit www.sense.org.uk/content/volunteering-sense-holiday, call 0300 330 9250 or email holidays@sense.org.uk

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3:26pm Sat 7 Jun 14

British_Beef says...

ABLE BODIED DRIVERS USING DISABLED PERSON’S SPACES.

We’ve all seen it, we’ve all cursed at it, and we’re fed up with it. There’s a group of likeminded disabled people pushing to get the law changed. Join the group for updates and discussion, a little bit of banter and community.

https://www.facebook
.com/groups/disabled
.spaces4disabled/

There’s also a petition which has been created to raise awareness of the plight we all face as disabled drivers.

Please sign and share to help raise awareness!

http://www.change.or
g/en-GB/petitions/uk
-government-enforce-
the-law-and-stop-dis
abled-parking-space-
abuse-in-the-uk
ABLE BODIED DRIVERS USING DISABLED PERSON’S SPACES. We’ve all seen it, we’ve all cursed at it, and we’re fed up with it. There’s a group of likeminded disabled people pushing to get the law changed. Join the group for updates and discussion, a little bit of banter and community. https://www.facebook .com/groups/disabled .spaces4disabled/ There’s also a petition which has been created to raise awareness of the plight we all face as disabled drivers. Please sign and share to help raise awareness! http://www.change.or g/en-GB/petitions/uk -government-enforce- the-law-and-stop-dis abled-parking-space- abuse-in-the-uk British_Beef
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3:31pm Sat 7 Jun 14

British_Beef says...

What this lad is doing is admirable and much appreciated. My son has just lost his 1-2-1 TA because the TA can earn more by being a glorified caretaker at the school.
What this lad is doing is admirable and much appreciated. My son has just lost his 1-2-1 TA because the TA can earn more by being a glorified caretaker at the school. British_Beef
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