Sensory Service teams up with Colchester United

This week, our Sensory Service is piloting a new, innovative programme called 'Sensory Move and Mingle' in partnership with Colchester United Football in the Community (FITC), to support people in Essex with sensory impairments with exercise and social sessions.

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Female exercising outside, using her right hand to hold her left arm across her chest in a stretch position.

Following a grant from The National Lottery, FITC have been working with the Sensory team to launch this new service, which aims to engage people with sensory loss, that may have felt the adverse effects of Covid-19.

Social isolation has been highlighted by various groups as part of the Covid-19 impact and FITC staff alongside ECL Sensory staff will provide participants with low-level exercise to improve activity levels as well as social engagement in a bid to reduce loneliness and develop positive friendships and relationships to take forwards.

Faye Gatenby, Head of ECL Sensory Service, said:

We are delighted to be working alongside Colchester United Football in the Community on this pilot project which will help to address some of the needs we have identified over the past three months.

People with sight and /or hearing loss are facing new barriers to accessing services as a result of Covid-19 and this includes the opportunities to get up and moving and socialising.

We have co-produced the design of the sessions with our volunteers and we are all excited to see what we can achieve working together.

To find out more information about Sensory Move and Mingle, contact us by email at or by phone on 03330 133 262. If you would like to sign-up to take part please complete the enrollment form.

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