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Volunteer Buddy

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  • 33 people are interested

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.

Please follow this link to apply:

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.

Please follow this link to apply:

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.

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!

More opportunities with Sense

No additional volunteer opportunities at this time.

About Sense


101 Pentonville Road, London, N1 9LG, GB

Mission Statement

For everyone living with complex disabilities. For everyone who is deafblind. Sense is here to help people communicate and experience the world. We believe that no one, no matter how complex their disabilities, should be isolated, left out, or unable to fulfil their potential.


Our 'I’ statements put these values into effect and describe our behaviours and expectations.

Our 'I’ statements
  • I will listen to others
  • I will understand and respond
  • I will respect others
  • I will be honest and open
  • I will participate and contribute
  • I will take informed risk
  • I will find things to celebrate
  • No decision about me, without me
Children & Youth
People with Disabilities


We'll work with your schedule.


Pentonville RoadLondonLondon, United Kingdom



  • People Skills
  • Youth Services
  • Relationship Building
  • Counseling / Mental Health
  • Social Work




  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Each project has a different time commitment and hours a month to do - so when we meet you we will ask your time availability and where you are willing to travel to and find the right project for you!
  • You do not need to have any previous experience working with disabled young people - as long as you have good communication skills, patience and willing to have some fun you will be wonderful! We will provide training and support throughout!

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