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Are you kind, committed and fun? We are looking for people to volunteer as Buddies to young people with additional needs in East London.

A Buddy Volunteer is someone who supports a child or young person with complex needs to develop skills, friendships and local connections. The role entails meeting up with your young buddy and doing fun things out in the community with them! This could be going to museums, gigs, art classes, bowling, laser quest… The possibilities are endless! You will both enjoy doing things together, because we match you based on your common interests and personality types.

We have bought in measures to keep both volunteers and young people safe when delivering in person sessions which include Covid risk assessments, sending out PPE packages and planning fun outdoor sessions. If you have any questions about how we are continuing to deliver sessions in the current climate, don’t hesitate to get in touch to find out more! Many of the young people we support, would have spent longer than usual at home, with no school or opportunities to go outside, so the need for volunteers is greater than ever.

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Studies show that over half of young people who have additional needs in the UK feel lonely - that's what we aim to change and by giving a small amount of your time can make a big difference. You do not need to have any previous experience working with young people with disabilities as we will provide you with training and ongoing support, to equip you for your role.

We have projects that run in Hackney, Newham, Redbridge and Tower Hamlets. Our projects vary in age of the young people and commitment: some projects requiring a few hours a week while others require once every two weeks. So there will be a volunteering role that is flexible and suits you. This is a long term volunteering opportunity.

We are particularly short of male volunteers and have a list of young boys waiting for a buddy to go out and do fun things with. If you are a man who wants to give back to the community in a fun way, you could help and befriend one of these young people and really make a difference to their life.

Check out some of the things we get up to on our Instagram Page - @sensebuddying

We welcome volunteers from all backgrounds.

About Us -

Sense is a national disability charity that supports people with complex communication needs to be understood, connected and valued. We are here for every person who faces communication barriers in a world that relies on being able to see and hear well to be connected. Our flexible and personalised services empower people to communicate and express themselves – be it through speech or sign, touch or movement, gesture or sound, art or dance. Together, we connect differently and campaign passionately for the right to lead connected and fulfilled lives.

Niamh Milligan

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East London Based.

Two weeks


We are looking for: - Volunteers who understand the value of giving a person choice, independence and dignity - Willingness to develop or learn new skills in order to best support one particular young person - Reliability and good communication skills - A sense of fun and adventure!

What you can Expect from Us – - Full Training and ongoing support, as well as ‘upskill’ opportunities - Reimbursed expenses* - Joining a family of wonderful volunteers - A reference at the end of your commitment - Lots of fun!

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