Job description


  • Entry level
  • No Education
  • Salary to negotiate


Are you over 18? Can you spare 6-8 hours a month (including some Saturdays) to volunteer on a flexible basis? Do you want to try new things in the community?

Then you could become a Sense Buddy Volunteer in East London and support young people with complex needs develop skills, friendships and local connections through a year-long programme of arts and sports.

To find out more and apply - please select ‘East London Transitions’ as each project is slightly different. Once we receive you application we will offer an informal interview and book you onto our training day.

New Training Date Added!! 29th June 10am - 3.30pm

As a volunteer you’ll be matched with a young person between 14-25, and together you’ll develop a friendship through trying a range of arts and sports activities in the community. You’ll meet with your young person twice a month, once for an organised group activity taster session, and again to support your young person to do something fun in the community. Activities will aid and develop skills around communication, independence, creativity, autonomy, and self-exploration. Examples include, inclusive tennis, theatre visits, Emirates Cable rides, and dancing the night away at BubbleClub, swimming, cinema... The fun is endless!! Your friendship will deeply impact your young persons life. Check out some of the things we get up to on our Instagram Page - sensebuddying

Job Type / Category

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.

We welcome volunteers from a huge range of backgrounds.

We are looking for:

-Volunteers who understand the value of giving a person choice, independence and dignity

-Willingness to develop skills or learn new ones in order to best support one particular young person

- Reliability and good communication skills

- A sense of fun and adventure! You may not have supported anyone with complex communication needs before, and are hoping to step outside your comfort zone and do something completely different.

You could be a student studying Speech and Language Therapy or Health and Social Care, and are looking for a new opportunity to develop and share your skills. You could be a teaching assistant in a specialist school or a nurse with experience of supporting those with complex medical needs, and are interested in using your specialist knowledge in a different environment. Whatever your skills or background, we will provide you with the support you need to be a fantastic volunteer.


Why volunteer?

- Get involved in loads of exciting activities across East London – and support someone else to do the same

- Take Part in our fun Taster Days - Where all volunteers, young people and staff take part in an inclusive activity

- Give just 6-8 hours a month on a flexible basis

- Use your existing skills or learn new ones; we work with young people with a range of needs, including sensory impairments, complex medical conditions, autism and learning disabilities - you could learn anything from signing skills to sensory play to support your buddy.

- Meet like-minded people and make new friends

- Full training and support provided

- We provide you with full training. A 'Graduation Certificate' at the end of your commitment and reimburse all costs associated with the activity.
Job Type: Volunteer


- East London, Greater London (Preferred)