Deafblind Charity Gains Support from the West Brom

The West Brom’s Northfield branch announces the winners of its Community Counts initiative to support local charities.

A charity which helps deafblind children and adults to live more independently has received a £500 boost from the West Brom.

Staff from the building society’s Northfield branch on Bristol Road South made the donation to Sense to support its work in widening opportunities for deafblind people.

The charity is based in Selly Oak and has several residential centres in Birmingham, including a specialist care home at Coriander Close, Northfield.  Its pioneering children’s services team provides advice and assessments, parent groups, family days and access to a sensory toy library.  Saturday club days are also organised for families in the West Midlands to give extra care and support.

Carl Williams, community fundraising officer for Sense, said: “We’re very grateful for this donation and would like to thank the West Brom and its customers.  Donations are so important because of the various projects we run.

“We provide housing, educational and leisure opportunities for deafblind people of all ages to give support and enable them to be as independent as possible.”

Sense will start work this year on Touchbase, an innovative £14m centre in Selly Oak to help disabled people in Birmingham, providing high quality services, new jobs and a boost for the area’s regeneration.

Two further charities also received £250 each from the West Brom.  Home-Start Northfield helps families with young children who need support, while South Birmingham Young Homeless Project is an advice and resource centre that helps single homeless people aged 16-24 to access accommodation.

The money was awarded as part of the building society’s ongoing Community Counts scheme.

Samuel Stanley, branch manager at Northfield, said: “Sense provides a vital lifeline to deafblind people and I am delighted we can support the charity’s work in the local community. 

“Our customers have got behind our Community Counts scheme and it is good to see the money going to three great local causes.”

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