North East Sensory Services

7 June 2018

Pudsey boost for sensory charity

A pioneering North-east charity has secured significant funding from Children in Need to support the delivery of a key project for children and young people with sight and/or hearing loss. 

North East Sensory Services (NESS), which has offices in Aberdeen, Dundee and Elgin, was awarded the five-figure grant to fund its Young Persons Sensory Service (YPSS) programme, which works with children and young people from 0-18. 

YPSS, which was established in 2010, provides a vital service for young people with a visual or hearing impairment. As well as residential stays, the children are encouraged to learn new life skills, make friends and have fun. The dedicated staff work in smaller, relaxed groups supporting them as they deal with daily obstacles, as well as providing assistance with schools and working towards employability opportunities. 

Chief executive of NESS, Graham Findlay, said: “We welcome this latest funding for our young persons project which does crucial work in supporting the youngest members of our community to ensure they achieve their full potential. 

“The programme aims to give youngsters access to a range of activities which they may have thought outwith their ability, proving to them that nothing is off limits. 

“Above all else, it allows children and young people to meet with others in similar positions and have positive, peer role models. Not only can this make them feel less isolated, it encourages them to develop realistic expectations meaning that they can look forward to a positive and independent future.” 

The money, which will be allocated over three years, follows a £15,000 award from Aberdeen City Council. Both grants will be used towards the running costs of activities, residential stays, as well as support for staffing and resources.