From large multi-year grants to small one off donations, trusts and grants are essential to our charitably funded projects, representing around 20% of total charitable income. Our regular project of the month will highlight a piece of work supported by trusts and grants. This month features "Sensing Communication" supported jointly by the RS Macdonald Charitable Trust and Miss Agnes H Hunter's Trust.


Developing and improving communication skills is vital to the children and adults who use Sense Scotland services.  Being able to communicate means being able to express likes and dislikes, share stories and experiences with family and friends, access important information such as health updates, tell the doctor if you don't feel well and actively challenge the isolation so prevalent in the lives of people who have complex disabilities.  So, when we discovered the work of Riitta Lahtinen and Russ Palmer in developing Social Haptics (literally social touch)  we immediately recognised the potential to integrate their innovations in quick touch messages with our own approach to tactile communication.  A Communications group is taking the project forward aiming to ensure that all Sense Scotland service users and staff have the opportunity to learn new communication skills.   This will make a real difference helping people who use our services to communicate with each other across a range of different disabilities and methods of communication, make new friends and develop the kind of supportive social networks so important to all of us.

Gordon gardening

Gordon who works as part time a gardener for our Dundee Respite service.