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Sense Virtual Buddy Volunteer


Sense Virtual Buddying volunteers make a real difference to supporting young people and adults who may be lonely or isolated.

Our volunteers have spent thousands of hours with their buddies — learning new skills, having fun, and forming fantastic friendships. 

Sense matches each volunteer with someone who has similar interests, to make sure you have a great time. 

Main tasks and responsibilities

  • Sense matches volunteers with disabled people to meet for an hour a week on Zoom or over the phone. 
  • You and your buddy choose a time that suits you, and you can decide what activities you’d like to do together.
  • Sense matches each volunteer with someone who has similar interests to ensure you’ll have lots of fun together.
  • Once matched with a buddy, you will get to know each other remotely via video calls or phone calls.
  • You’ll arrange weekly sessions and plan fun things to do together – what this looks like will be inspired by your mutual interests.
  • You could be gaming, doing arts and crafts, playing music, seed planting – there are so many possibilities!
  • We will provide you with weekly themed activities to help to support you in planning your interactions with your buddy.
  • You don't need to have previous experience volunteering or caring for disabled people. We welcome people from all backgrounds and with all interests.

Benefits to Volunteer

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 Virtual Buddy, we will provide you with the following:

  • We’ll  keep in touch with you to ensure you have all the support you need.

• 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 Virtual 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.

What skills do I need?

Skills, attributes, experience and qualifications

  • We need positive, empathetic volunteers who are passionate about supporting people with complex disabilities to communicate and experience the world.
  • We are looking for volunteers who are great communicators and who are friendly, enthusiastic, positive and ready to have fun!
  • The programme is open to all volunteers who are 16 +
  • We’re also always looking for volunteers who have knowledge or experience of British Sign Language (BSL) and/or other communication methods like Makaton.

When do I need to be available?

Morning Afternoon Evening

This is an ongoing opportunity – we ask volunteers to commit to a weekly session for at least 3 months.

Register your interest

We limit the number of roles you can initially express an interest in to 3 opportunities. Please only register an interest in 3 roles maximum.

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  • Befriending
  • No Specific Activity
  • Application Process
  • DBS Check
  • Informal Discussion
  • Online Application
  • References
  • Support provided
  • Basic reference can be provided
  • Induction provided
  • Training provided
  • Volunteer Handbook available
  • Written role description
  • Expenses reimbursed
  • Other
  • Organisation Policies
  • Safeguarding policy
  • Data Protection Policy
  • Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Volunteer Policy
  • Other Information
  • Are there any age limits?
    The programme is open to all volunteers who are 16 and over.
  • DBS checks - additional information
    A DBS check is required if your buddy is under 18 years old.
  • Expenses - additional information
    We will reimburse any pre-agreed expenses you incur.
  • Recruitment Process - additional information
    To apply: • Fill in the application form - http://bttr.im/9ex4s • We’ll invite you to an informal virtual interview and carry out reference checks • Once you’ve been accepted, we’ll send you all the details of the training you’ll need to do • Then we’ll match you with a buddy!
  • Support Provided - additional information
    You will be fully supported by our team, both before you start and during your time volunteering with us.

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