Sense Holiday Volunteer

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On Sense Holidays, groups of disabled people with complex needs - children, young people and adults - pack their bags for a jam-packed week of new activities, friendships and lots of laughs.

As a Sense Holiday volunteer, you'll be part of a team making sure each break is the very best experience it can be for everyone involved. You'll need to be enthusiastic, positive, open-minded and willing to be flexible. In return, you'll have a one-of-a-kind experience. We welcome volunteers each year from a huge range of backgrounds. The unique contribution each volunteer makes, no matter your skills and experience, enables each and every holidaymaker to try new things and make new connections in a safe and supported environment.

Whatever your background and experience you will learn something – either about a new communication method, how to break down barriers for those with additional needs, or about the value of teamwork. You will come away with a memory full of magical little moments and a heart full of pride in what the holidaymakers enjoyed and achieved and what you did to make that possible.

About the role

Sense Holidays provide holidaymakers with the opportunity to have fun, try new activities and make friends all whilst enjoying a week away from home. As a Sense Holiday volunteer, you'll be part of a team making sure each break is the very best experience it can be for everyone involved. You'll need to be enthusiastic, positive, open-minded and willing to be flexible. In return, you'll have a one-of-a-kind experience. We welcome volunteers each year from a huge range of backgrounds. The unique contribution each volunteer makes, no matter your skills and experience, enables each and every holidaymaker to try new things and make new connections in a safe and supported environment.

Typical tasks include:

  • Building up relationships with holidaymakers and other members of the team
  • Encouraging and supporting holidaymakers to take part in activities.
  • Assisting holidaymakers in many areas of daily life where help is needed – this might be getting showered, eating and drinking and using the bathroom.
  • Cooking meals, cleaning the venue and helping the group run smoothly on a day to day basis
  • Driving the minibus or taking on responsibilities such as being the group’s first aider

When and where?

Our week-long holidays happen throughout England and Wales from July to November. You can find out more information about our specific holidays by visiting our website and downloading the Sense Holidays 2019 brochure https://www.sense.org.uk/support-us/volunteer/volunteer-on-a-sense-holiday/

We also ask all of our volunteers to attend a Volunteer Preparation Day. This will be held on Saturday 18th May at Selly Oak, Birmingham,

About You

We’re looking for people who are:

  • Enjoy meeting new people and building friendships
  • Enjoy being active and will get involved in any new activities
  • Are willing to develop their knowledge and skills to get to know and support people effectively
  • Are committed to providing support in a way that offers choice, independence and dignity
  • Able to give a week of their time to support a holidaymaker to have an amazing break!

You can expect:

  • A thorough induction to your role and essential training at our Volunteer Preparation Day on 18th May.
  • Ongoing support and guidance from your holiday leader/s and the Holidays Team
  • Travel expenses paid in line with Sense policy
  • The chance to get to know new people and try new activities.
  • The opportunity to learn new skills and gain experience in working with people with complex communication needs.

Complete our application form via the link, or for more information get in touch at holidays[at]sense.org[dot]uk. We look forward to hearing from you!