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Children & Young Person's Buddy - Manchester

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  • 13 people are interested

Could you make a difference for a disabled young person?

Become a Buddy with Sense to help a young person build their skills, confidence and friendships.

Over half of disabled young people in the UK feel lonely. Help us change that by signing up to be a Buddy today!

We’re looking for kind and enthusiastic volunteers who can support young people in Manchester. We’ll match you with someone with similar interests, and you can choose how you’d like to spend your time together - whether that’s art exhibitions, gigs or laser quest.

You don’t need any previous experience to become a Buddy with Sense. We’ll give you full training and support. Buddying is a great way to develop your skills, grow as a person and make like-minded new friends.

Here’s what Milton had to say about his experience as a Buddy: "I’ve learnt a lot through Buddying - from caring for my Buddy, to solving problems quickly. Volunteering with Sense is one of the best decisions made in my life, and I’ve met other great volunteers with the same passion!"

Being a Sense Buddy typically takes three to four hours per week for at least six months. Our roles are flexible, so we’ll work with you to set up a schedule. We have young people who need a Buddy on weekday evenings and weekends.

Is Buddying Right For You?
We’re looking for volunteers who:

  • Live in, or can regularly travel to Manchester City Centre.
  • Can commit to volunteering with Sense for at least six months.
  • Understand the importance of giving people choice and dignity.
  • Are reliable, patient, friendly and good at communicating.
  • Respect differences in culture and background.
  • Have a sense of adventure!
What You Can Expect From Us
  • Full training and ongoing support, including opportunities for further training.
  • Reimbursed expenses, so you’re never out of pocket.
  • The chance to make new friends for life.
  • A reference at the end of your time with us.
  • Loads of fun!

You can apply to be a Sense Buddy here: https://www.sense.org.uk/get-involved/volunteering-with-sense/volunteer-as-a-sense-buddy-in-london-or-manchester/

If you’ve got any questions, just reach out to our friendly team: volunteer@sense.org.uk

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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
Children & Youth, Community, People with Disabilities


We'll work with your schedule.


Manchester City CentreManchester, United Kingdom



  • Youth Services
  • People Skills
  • Relationship Building
  • Social Work




  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 3-4 hours per week
  • We provide full training and initial supported sessions

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