Steve McCabe MP and the Princess Royal were among those who attended the opening of a new £14 million building in Selly Oak, Birmingham for people with complex disabilities, including deafblindness, on Monday 9th July.
Touchbase Pears, located on Bristol Road, is a new building that was developed by Sense, the national disability charity, to provide adults and children with complex disabilities and sensory impairments, such as deafblindness, with specialist provisions to meet their needs. The centre will operate as a social enterprise, with its main focus being on providing and teaching those with disabilities and impairments new skills, building their confidence, developing communication skills and taking part in community-based activities to include them in society and provide a welcoming hub for the community.
The project has won multiple awards, including the Community Benefit Award at this year’s RICS Regional Awards and the Concrete Society Awards.
Steve has said: “I was delighted to attend the official opening of Sense TouchBase Pears in Selly Oak. I have seen the fantastic work of Sense first hand, making a real difference to children and families.
“What makes TouchBase Pears so special is that it brings support services for children with complex communications needs together with facilities for the whole community, it is a truly pioneering centre.”