Our sensory service can support you if you have a sight loss, hearing loss or combined sight and hearing loss, to maintain your independence and dignity in every aspect of daily life. ECL delivers services on behalf of Essex County Council, if you wish to explore the opportunity of a referral please contact Essex Social Care Direct they can be reached on 0845 603 7630.
Our professional and experienced team will then offer you an assessment to understand your needs and provide appropriate support and advice including:
Here are some examples of the support we could provide to you:
Following an orientation and mobility assessment, our dedicated team designed a programme specifically for Terri, who wanted to be confident in getting to and from Colchester town centre and around her local community by improving her long cane orientation skills. The team began by segmenting the journey into bite-sized sections and building up Terri’s knowledge of the environment through the use of recognisable obstacles and sounds. The full journey was pieced together over time until she was confident in making the full route with support. Support was then safely reduced and Terri is now confident in making trips in Colchester to meet her daughter as well as into the neighbouring city of Chelmsford.
Terri said: “ECL gave me my confidence back – I can now use public transport and go out every day.”
Faye Gatenby - Sensory Team Manager
I have been working with people with sensory impairments throughout my career but have been within the Sensory service in Essex since 1999. My responsibilities have included undertaking specialist assessments for deafblind people, co-ordinating the development of services such as communicator guide services, Deafblind social groups and volunteer befriending services, co-ordinating development of the Sensory Service and most recently as Business Development Lead. I am proud to be managing a great team of highly experienced and dedicated staff and volunteers.
The Sensory Team is made up of Business Administrators, Technical Officers, Rehabilitation Officers and assistants, Sensory assistants and our Sensory Training facilitator and training volunteers. The team work across all sensory impairments including Deaf, hearing impaired, visually impaired and dual sensory loss and also have training and experience of working with people with additional disabilities such as dementia and learning disabilities.
Our sensory awareness training is designed, co-ordinated and delivered entirely by staff and volunteers who have sensory impairments and is regularly described by attendees as the best training course they have ever attended.