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#ForgottenFamilies – Campaign with Sense!

#ForgottenFamilies - Campaign with Sense!

#ForgottenFamilies

 Sense is calling on the government to reinstate community support that disabled adults and their families need

Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, disabled people and their families have been forgotten and left without sufficient support, information and communication about services available. The support that disabled adults and their families would usually access has stopped – with many services closing overnight without warning. Day services, one to one support in the community, specialist medical support in the home and short breaks/respite were all stopped, and many families are still without this vital support with no sign of it returning.

The government has failed to give clear guidance for how services can continue to operate and offer support to the families that need it most.

Throughout the pandemic, these families have been forgotten and there is no clear plan for how services can and will restart. Many services won’t be able to operate in the same way but families still need support and this must be delivered in new and creative ways.

Through  Sense’s #ForgottenFamilies campaign, we’re calling on the government to reinstate flexible community support that disabled people and their families need.

Take Action

With Sense, Jane and Faith are calling on the government to act now to reinstate services and support that #ForgottenFamilies like theirs urgently need.

Join them in signing their letter to Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock, to make sure families aren’t left on their own for any longer.

 

a recent survey with over 1000 families and carers found that:

  • 62% of families and carers have taken on additional caring responsibilities during the pandemic
  • 75% of disabled adults cared for at home received no information about their support and care being reduced prior to it happening
  • A third (33%) of families and carers said there has been an increase in behaviour that challenges by their disabled family member or friend due to the reduction in support
  • A third (34%) of families have not had any care or support reinstated since lockdown has been lifted

Hearing from families

Jane’s family were impacted when their usual support for their 20-year-old daughter, Faith was stopped without any notice.

“The hardest thing has been watching Faith regress during this period. She’s rocking back and forth a lot more and making loud noises, behaviour that was rare before the lockdown. As a parent and carer, you just get on with it, but I’ve really struggled at times, especially with the lack of information about when Faith’s support will be reinstated.”

What we’re calling for

We’re calling on government to recognise that community support has been withdrawn for many families during the Coronavirus pandemic and that local services can’t operate as they used to. We want to government to outline a clear way forward and take action to deliver the support and care that disabled people and their families need.

We want to see:

  • Government taking clear action and outlining next steps for how they will reintroduce community services and other support that families and carers need
  • Government providing specific and clear information and increased communication with disabled people and their families about any changes or reinstatement of services going forward
  • Government providing necessary funding, support and resources to LAs to flexibly deliver care and support for disabled people and their families

 

 

Residentials Breaks 11-17 18 -24 yrs

Residential breaks for young people with vision impairment

2020 Residentials Breaks for 11-17 and 18-24 yrs with  Vision England

Vision England have 6-night residential opportunities and a FREE Come and Have a Go Day event for people aged 11-24 with a visual impairment

Vision England, a Sense run (National Lottery Community Funded Project), supports young people and young adults to learn more about their environment by taking part in conservation activities like tree planting and coppicing and other activities like , hikingand hiking and camping – a fantastic opportunity to learn more about nature, as well as spending time with peers.

Below is Anna’s YouTube VLOG of her experience on Vision England last year!

Please note, to be eligible the young person must have a visual impairment. Due to the venue and the activities, the residentials are not suited for those with mobility needs. Priority goes to young people who haven’t been on Vision England before, however, please still apply as there may be spaces available nearer the time of the residential.

Young people will also have the opportunity to complete a John Muir certificate, which is an environmental qualification.

Locations:

  • 11 April – 17 April 2020, Residential for 18-24 year olds, Preston Montford Field Centre, Shrewsbury, Shropshire

Download the 18-24 yrs form in word  format:
Sense Vision England Holidays 2020 Application Form 18-24 (69kb)

  • Thursday 7 May 2020  – FREE Come and Have a Go Day for 11-17 year olds – Castle Head, Lake District
  • 27 July – 2 August 2020, Residential for 11-17 year olds, Juniper Hall Field Centre, Dorking, Surrey
  • 2 August – 8 August 2020, Residential for 11-17 year olds, Preston Montford Field Centre, Shrewsbury, Shropshire
  • 16 August – 22 August 2020, Residential for 11-17 year olds, Castle Head Field Centre, Grange-Over-Sands, Lake District

Download the 11-17 yrs  form in word  format:
Sense Vision England Holidays 2020 Application Form 11-17 (70kb)

Cost:  £25

For more information: 07816 599 260 or visionengland@sense.org.uk

 How to apply Download an application form from www.sense.org.uk/visionengland

Have a watch of Anna’s YouTube VLOG of her experience on Vision England last year! here

 

Free Inclusive Football 18 March

Inclusive VI Football at Coram's fields 2020
Venue:
Coram's Fields Football Pitch, 93 Guilford Street, London WC1N 1DN
Time:
4.30 pm - 5.30 pm
Phone:
0203 3842 209
Date:
18th March 2020
Cost:
FREE


Metro Blind Sport advises checking the latest government Coronavirus advice: link here also to phone or email the event contact in advance, if you intend to attend any event to check for an events cancellation and/or possible rescheduling Information.

Free Inclusive Football for 6-14 years olds.

Who:  For anyone 6-14 years old. This session is aimed at children and young people with a disability and their siblings
When: Every Wednesday  during school terms   –  Time:  4.30 pm – 5.30 pm
Where: Coram’s Fields Football Pitch, 93 Guilford Street, London WC1N 1DN
What: Free Inclusive football session which is being run by Coram’s Field and partnered with Arsenal Football Club and Sense.

Metro would always advise to phone or email the event contacts to confirm there have been no last-minute changes or cancellations.

Contact  edel@coramsfields.org.uk or call 0203 3842 209

 

Free Inclusive Football 11 March

Inclusive VI Football at Coram's fields 2020
Venue:
Coram's Fields Football Pitch, 93 Guilford Street, London WC1N 1DN
Time:
4.30 pm - 5.30 pm
Phone:
0203 3842 209
Date:
11th March 2020
Cost:
FREE


Free Inclusive Football for 6-14 years olds.

Who:  For anyone 6-14 years old. This session is aimed at children and young people with a disability and their siblings
When: Every Wednesday  during school terms   –  Time:  4.30 pm – 5.30 pm
Where: Coram’s Fields Football Pitch, 93 Guilford Street, London WC1N 1DN
What: Free Inclusive football session which is being run by Coram’s Field and partnered with Arsenal Football Club and Sense.

Metro would always advise to phone or email the event contacts to confirm there have been no last-minute changes or cancellations.

Contact  edel@coramsfields.org.uk or call 0203 3842 209

 

Free Inclusive Football 4 March!

Inclusive VI Football at Coram's fields 2020
Venue:
Coram's Fields Football Pitch, 93 Guilford Street, London WC1N 1DN
Time:
4.30 pm - 5.30 pm
Phone:
0203 3842 209
Date:
04th March 2020
Cost:
FREE


Free Inclusive Football for 6-14 years olds.

Who:  For anyone 6-14 years old. This session is aimed at children and young people with a disability and their siblings
When: Every Wednesday  during school terms   –  Time:  4.30 pm – 5.30 pm
Where: Coram’s Fields Football Pitch, 93 Guilford Street, London WC1N 1DN
What: Free Inclusive football session which is being run by Coram’s Field and partnered with Arsenal Football Club and Sense.

Metro would always advise to phone or email the event contacts to confirm there have been no last-minute changes or cancellations.

Contact  edel@coramsfields.org.uk or call 0203 3842 209