Could you make a difference for children with complex disabilities?Become an Early Intervention & Play Volunteer with Sense to help children with complex disabilities learn to play and interact.

It’s so important for families to be able to communicate with each other and have fun together. Our new Early Intervention & Play Service is designed to support children with complex disabilities and their families with all aspects of development, including communication, interaction and play. You will enable children to have fun, be happy, thrive, learn and enjoy the moment!

Our volunteers will support a range of virtual and in person activities such as Make and Create, Movers and Shakers, or Forest School each week.

More Information

Our volunteers will support a range of weekly virtual and in person activities, whether this is supporting staff to deliver sessions, helping to create resources, or greeting families and enabling them to have a positive, friendly experience with us.

You’ll assist with running Early Intervention and Play sessions and/or family days, building a friendly rapport with the children and families attending the sessions and helping to set up and clean up as necessary. We may also ask you to facilitate activities at Sense Hubs and outreach sessions. Most importantly, you’ll help to ensure that everyone there is having lots of fun!

The programme is open to all volunteers who are 16 and over. You don’t need any previous experience of working with disabled children and their families to become an Early Intervention and Play Volunteer with Sense, but an interest in Early Years or childcare is really important. We’ll give you training and ongoing support to equip you for your role. We welcome people from all backgrounds. An Enhanced Disclosure & Barring check will be required for this volunteer role.

How we will Support You

Before you start your volunteering role, we’ll make sure that you’ve had the training you need to feel confident. This will be delivered online and in-person.

While you’re volunteering with us as a Young Person’s Group Buddy, you’ll get:
• A written account of your volunteering and references if required
• Access to additional communication courses such as Deaf Awareness and British Sign Language
• Reimbursement of pre-agreed expenses

Volunteering as a Sense Early Intervention and Play Volunteer is a great opportunity to develop new skills whilst making a real difference to the families we support.

Who we are Looking For

We need positive, empathetic volunteers who:
• Are passionate about supporting disabled children and their families
• Are happy to get creative, messy or active!
• Are willing to develop or learn new skills
• Are respectful of others and their diversity
• Are interested in supporting the work of Sense and want to make a difference to people who have complex disabilities and their families

We’d love for you to consider joining us as a Sense Early Intervention and Play Volunteer!