Louth Sense education centre shortlisted for national award

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A SPECIALIST education centre in Louth for people with sensory impairments has been shortlisted for a national award by the deafblind charity who run it, Sense.

The centre, in Windsor Road, is an independent college for young people and adults where skills including communication and lifestyle skills are taught.

The nomination comes under the category for Team of the Year.

People like 24-year-old Carla Hudson benefit from the centre. Carla has a visual impairment and learning difficulties and has been a learner at the centre since 2007.

She is supported to make her own choices and become more independent. As part of her college programme, Carla has also begun a volunteer placement at a charity shop in a Louth charity shop where she helps out with a variety of tasks including stock sorting and pricing.

Gillian Morbey, Chief Executive of Sense said: “I am delighted that the team has been nominated as their contribution shows how much deafblind people can accomplish and this deserves to be celebrated. Congratulations!”

On Carla, Karina Beitmann-Ward, Education Services Manager at the centre said: “It’s wonderful to see Carla growing in independence and confidence and using her skills in the local community. We’re delighted to have been shortlisted for this award as it reflects the fantastic achievements of learners like Carla.”

The Windsor Road Centre and Sense College will find out if they have won at the awards, which will be held in London in October.

The awards celebrate those who have campaigned, volunteered and worked for and on behalf of deafblind people, sometimes for decades.