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22nd April 2015
BRI and Lord Digby Jones Support Sense's TouchBase

On 4 February, BRI and law firm Wragg Lawrence Graham co-sponsored a drinks reception on behalf of Sense, an organisation that supports and campaigns for children and adults who are deafblind or have sensory impairment. The event took place at Bar Opus in Birmingham to raise local awareness of the charity’s groundbreaking TouchBase project.

Glenn Howells Architects and national deafblind charity Sense have won planning permission for a pioneering new £14m centre called TouchBase, for disabled people and the wider community in Birmingham. Construction of the building will commence in late 2015 and it is scheduled to open in 2017.

The scheme has already received £2.1m from the Regional Growth Fund - a Government fund to create sustainable employment in a wide range of sectors across the country.

TouchBase will offer a range of fully accessible facilities for people with disabilities, businesses, other charities and the wider community. It will include direct Sense service provision, day care services, arts and well-being activities, a family and children’s area, conference facilities and a public café.

The event was attended by Lord Digby Jones, Baron Jones of Birmingham, who said: “I'm delighted to support Sense with their ambitious new centre in Selly Oak. It's wonderful to see a major charity investing in Birmingham and I'm delighted that in addition to that, Sense are embracing a social enterprise model to respond to the challenges of supporting some of the most vulnerable people in our society."

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