We Can Do It T-shirt winner

Annette McHugh with daughter Ellie      Picture:  Malcolm Wells (170626-1955)

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Sarah Misselbrook is this week’s worthy We Can Do It t-shirt winner for her commitment to making a difference to the lives of children with visual and hearing difficulties.

The 36-year-old works for Portsmouth City Council’s Sensory Impairment Service and joined the cause a year ago.

Her role as a local teacher advisor sees her visit Cliffdale Primary, Willows Centre for Children, The Victory Primary School and Mary Rose School to offer up advice to professionals who work with children affected by multi-sensory impairment.

Sarah shares her ideas on how kids can interact with others in the classroom and access the world around them.

She said: ‘It’s something I’ve always wanted to do. I saw an advert for the job come up last year and I was really keen about pursuing it.

‘The schools are fantastic and really supportive of the work I do. They’re keen to take on my advice and by working together as a team we’ve been able to make a big difference.’

She added: ‘It can be difficult for the kids because they find it hard to socially interact and meet new people. So I we introduce early games and play activities to gently help them.

‘This job has also given me the chance to specialise because my background is in special-needs teaching. ‘

This week Sarah got a runners-up award in the category of Local Partnership and Community at a ceremony in London’s Sadler’s Wells Theatre. The awards were set up by deafblind charity Sense to highlight people’s achievements. Sarah said: ‘I was surprised to be nominated and it’s very nice to be appreciated just for doing my job.’

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