Multi-Sport Development

Between January and March 2012 COESI participated in a Localities project for young people in the London Borough of Croydon, funded by Croydon Council. Our aim for the Youth Group sessions held was to consult with young people aged between 14 and 19 with sensory impairments to find out what they wanted in terms of activities and opportunities to be with their peer group. We aimed to provide a safe environment for them to come together to have fun and to empower them to share their thoughts and wishes. In the time frame allowed we were able to make contact with 12 young deaf/hard of hearing people and to bring them together for 4 evening sessions.

We endeavoured to do the same for young people who are blind/ visually impaired however this proved more difficult and we were able to work with the Royal London Society for the Blind and the Lindon Lodge school for the Blind in Wimbledon to start to reach out to the relevant age group of young people and to their parents to let them know what we were hoping to develop.

One particular outcome from the Deaf Youth Group sessions was the introduction of a Multi-Sport session run by a local specialist coach using sign language interpreters which was most successful. In response to the wishes of the young people involved we took this further and applied for follow up funding from Sport England, however we were not successful. Email if you would like a copy of the outcome star feedback from the group.

Discussion we had with Deaf Youth Group

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Do you enjoy sports?

How do you meet your friends out of school?

Have you ever been to a youth club or deaf youth club?

What kind of things would you like to do if we started a group?

Have you heard about/ did you go to the Sencity event at the O2 arena last year?

Sencity London 2011


Sencity is a multi-sensory music event, which aims to be fully inclusive for hearing, hard-of-hearing and Deaf people. The event will took place on the 8th October 2011 from 10pm till 5am.

Sencity allows you to experience music through all of your senses. In addition to traditional artists and DJs, visitors to Sencity London 2011 will be able to feel music by stepping onto the revolutionary SenseFloor, which vibrates according to the beat of the music. Aroma Jockeys mix scents to match the mood of the emotion of the music. Video Jockeys create live visual effects, while Text Jockeys display dynamic and lively visualisations of lyrics from the various acts. Sign Dancers accompany the acts to translate lyrics and emotions of the music into British Sign Language.

Various taste sensations are served to compliment and enhance both the Circus theme and the mood of the music. The chill out area will feature masseuses, hair stylists and make up artists on hand for no additional charge.


What would you like to do at the next session planned – 9th March.

We then have one last session at the end of March – how would you feel about joining up with a small Vis group for this|?