Disability charity to launch free rock climbing sessions for people with sight and hearing impairments in London

  • The rock climbing sessions aim to get more disabled people in England into physical activity and sport
  • The programme is being funded by Sport England and is one of a number ofactivities to be run by the disability charity, Sense across the country

National disability charity, Sense, is set to launch a six week programme of free rock climbing sessions for individuals who have sight and hearing impairments and those with complex needs in London. The six week programme is open to individuals aged 18 and over and will take place weekly at the Castle Climbing Centre in Hackney from the 14th February.

The sessions have been made possible thanks to a grant of £424,958 from Sport England which was awarded to Sense to increase opportunities for people with deafblindness to participate in sport and physical activity through its ‘Sporting Sense’ project.

London is one of the areas that the project will focus on, with Sense delivering a number of activities across the region from now until May 2018.  The project will influence the development and delivery of local physical activity plans, which will include working alongside deafblind people.

Taylor Huxster, Regional Sports Coordinator at Sense said:

“Rock climbing is generally considered an ‘extreme sport’ but with the right support it can be made accessible to people with sight and hearing impairments. For the people Sense supports climbing provides a whole host of benefits over and above improving strength and fitness. It promotes balance, hand-to-eye coordination and sensory awareness, as well as the benefits of social interaction.”

Family, friends, carers and assistance dogs are welcome to attend the sessions which run for 6 weeks from the 14th February at The Castle Climbing Centre, Green Lanes, Stoke Newington, London N4 2HA. The sessions run 11.00 until 12.00pm every Tuesday. Places are limited and booking is essential.

The charity will also have another 6 week programme of sessions commencing on the 29thMarch, continuing every Wednesday at 10.00 until 11.00am at the same venue.

For more information or to book a place, those who wish to attend should get in touch with the Taylor Huxster at Taylor.huxster@sense.org.uk or call 020 7014 9365.

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. Find out more at www.sense.org.uk.

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