Could you make a difference for a disabled young person?

Become a Volunteer Young Person’s Group Buddy with Sense to help a young person who is deafblind to build their skills, confidence and friendships.

Visiting new places can be tricky for people with disabilities. You will be enhancing a young person’s independence by supporting them to attend one of our inclusive group sessions in their local community and taking part in activities together. By acting as a sighted guide, you will help a young person to develop social networks and you’ll have lots of fun!

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

More Information.
* You’ll support a young person who is deafblind to attend events by acting as a sighted guide and having lots of fun together. You’ll ensure that the young person you’re supporting can access public transport safely and take part in group sessions. Together, you could be foraging, visiting a science museum or going to the park. One thing that’s for sure is that you’ll have a great time!
* We’ll also keep in touch with you to ensure you have all the support you need.
* The programme is open to all volunteers who are 18 and over. You don't need to have previous experience of volunteering or caring for disabled people, although we welcome volunteers who have knowledge of British Sign Language, Safeguarding and supporting people with complex disabilities. We welcome people from all backgrounds and with all interests. 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 via video call.
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 Young Person’s Group Buddy is a great opportunity to develop new skills and get to know new people whilst making a real difference to a person’s life.

Who we are looking for.
We need positive, empathetic volunteers who:
• Understand the value of giving a person choice, independence and dignity
• Are willing to develop or learn new skills in order to best support the young people in the group
• Are reliable and good at communicating
• 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 are deafblind

We’d love for you to consider joining us as a Sense Children & Young Person’s Group Buddy!

You can apply via the below link or please email us on [email protected] for more information.