In the spring of 2020, the plans Fifth Sense had to develop regional community support hubs were paused due to the restrictions of the Covid-19 pandemic. The National Lottery Community Fund development plan needed to be adapted to provide support where demand was created in light of the sudden increase in people affected by a smell and/or taste disorder and to shift from physical events to virtual support. The events are free and open to anyone – join Fifth Sense as a member (entirely free click here) and receive email links to register for the events.
Last year we hosted 20 online events and are busy developing the programme for the whole of 2021. Based on feedback, we will continue with interactive conversations and webinars. The conversations are limited in numbers to ensure everyone has the opportunity to feel able to engage, contribute and take part. They are private events and not recorded or shared. The webinars are less interactive and are more informative with greater numbers able to attend. These sessions are recorded and shared on our website, YouTube channel and social media. The identity of participants are protected in these sessions.
NEW FOR 2021 is our latest addition to #LetsTalkSmellAndTaste, and we are pleased to introduce our Fifth Sense Virtual Cafe – a regular drop in session that requires no pre-booking but offers people the opportunity to call in, share experiences, ask any questions and talk with people who understand in a safe and supportive environment.
The Virtual Cafe will be open again on Thursday 8th April from 16:30 pm. Limited places are available to book via Eventbrite, but there is no need to come at the beginning or stay until it closes.
If you don’t want to pre-book you can still call in and join us by simply clicking the zoom link below when we are open and we will see you there!
Zoom Link: Fifth Sense Virtual Cafe: 16:30 GMT Thursday the 8th of April 2021
The events are currently facilitated by Tom Laughton who is offering training sessions to volunteers to get involved in facilitating conversations and hosting these on an ongoing basis. If you are interested in being a #LetsTalkSmellAndTaste host please contact us at email@example.com. Our current programme includes:
February/March 2021 Programme:
Regular Topics and Past Events Explained:
Smell Training Using Essential Oils
Essential oils are one of the first ports of call when people start smell training. This is because essential oils are stable and can be stored and reused. Frauke Galia founder of F.A.L.K Aromatherapy will be hosting the event and discussing what you can do to get the most out of smell training with essential oils. Each of these sessions will be the same and there is therefore no need to attend more than once.
Medical Conditions/Treatments: AllergiesProfessor Carl Philpott is a leader in the field of smell loss in the world and has a wealth of experience with patients. In this event Professor Philpott discussing smell loss due to allergies, the causations, and treatments available. The event of 14th October is available to view here:
Supporting Someone with a Smell/Taste DisorderDawn Millard and Tom Laughton will be leading a discussion on the importance of support for people with smell and taste disorders. If you or someone you care about have struggled with communicating about smell and taste disorders and about how to communicate with one another, then this is the event for you.
Medical Research LatestProfessor Carl Philpott is a research leader in smell and taste disorders. In this event, Professor Philpott talks about global research projects of the past, present potential projects of the future. The event of 23th September is available to view here:
SafetySense©These sessions will include Jessica Jarvis, from Cadent Gas. The conversations will cover a range of safety issues and encourage participants to share tips and hints at how to keep safe when living with a smell/taste disorder that can present risks to health and wellbeing. Each of these sessions will be the same and there is therefore no need to attend more than once.
Smell Training Using What You Have at HomeSarah McCartney discusses how smell training can be done by just using household items. This can be important for many people that don’t not want to use essential oils and would like to know some top tips for at-home smell training. Each of these sessions will be the same and there is therefore no need to attend more than once.
Medical Conditions/Treatment: COVID-19 and Post Viral Olfactory LossCath Rennie and Lizzie Bullock discuss PVOL (post-viral olfactory loss) and the treatments available. This event will be interactive and give an opportunity for the attendees to engage and discuss. The event of 10th September is available to view here:
The Impact of Smell and Taste LossThese sessions are general conversations in which everyone takes part to share their experiences and are supported to talk about the impact of smell and taste loss on their life and allows for a fully interactive and engaged discussion.
Medical Conditions/Treatment: Head InjuriesProfessor Carl Philpott talks through smell loss due to head injuries. This will range from causations, treatments, and also where you can turn to if you need support.
COVID – 19: Losing Your Sense of Smell (UEA London Lectures 2020)
If you would like some more information about a particular event, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org,uk