Selly Oak MP, Steve McCabe joined staff, volunteers and service users from leading deafblind charity Sense for a mass walk through Selly Oak along the Birmingham and Worcester canal. The sensory walk was organised to raise awareness of TouchBase Pears, a major new community centre for the area that will open in the summer.
The pioneering new centre will combine specialist support for people with sensory impairments and complex needs, with services that will benefit the whole community.
The walk set off from the TouchBase Pears site and followed the canal to the Cadbury club in Bournville. Walkers were encouraged to use their senses and listen out for trains, factories and wildlife along the canal. As an added bit of fun the walkers were encouraged to wear brightly coloured hats which had been knitted by dedicated volunteers.
Steve McCabe MP said:
“It was a fantastic morning and I’m very encouraged to see so many people take part from all over the city. I went to visit the TouchBase Pears centre in January and see how it is coming along. The centre is going to be an invaluable facility for deafblind people across the city, and if this morning’s success is anything to go by a superb resource for the local community in Selly Oak and people right across Birmingham.”