Local MP puts on hardhat to see progress of multi million pound national centre for the deafblind

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Steve McCabe MP, joined Sense staff in Selly Oak where the national deafblind charity are in the process of building their new state of the art Touchbase Resource centre.

 Steve met with Sense Chief Executive Gill Morbey and the project managers to take a look around the site and discuss the ambitious and exciting project.

TouchBase Pears in the heart of the Selly Oak will be a national flagship service for Sense. The centre will deliver its support services for people who are deafblind, have sensory impairments or complex needs, and help them to enjoy more independent lives. Gill told Steve how she hopes the centre will also prove a valuable asset for the whole community to use and enjoy. The building will welcome small community groups through to larger, strategic partners and focus on community inclusion.

Once complete the centre will serve both deafblind individuals and the local community, offering a range of facilities including; direct service provision, community services, art and wellbeing courses, a designated family and children’s area and a nursery and local café.

Steve McCabe MP said:

"I was very impressed with what I saw at TouchBase Pears, it’s going to be a fantastic facility for deafblind people across the city, and a superb resource for the local community in Selly Oak. This ambitious project also represents a substantial investment in Selly Oak and when added to the battery site development and Life Sciences Park is set to bring jobs to the area and breathe new life into a neglected part of my constituency.

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