Sense Virtual Buddy Volunteer

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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. 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.

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


Skills

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!

We’re also looking for volunteers who have knowledge or experience of British Sign Language (BSL) and/or other communication methods like Makaton.

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, you’ll get:

  1. A written account of your volunteering and references if required
  2. Access to additional communication courses such as Deaf Awareness and British Sign Language
  3. 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!

Benefits

Benefits to self = Volunteering is a great opportunity to develop new skills, experiences and meet new people. In particular, you'll gain experience of working with people with disabilities and develop a new friendship.

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

Tailored support = You will be fully supported by our team, both before you start and during your time volunteering with us. 

Practical Considerations

Dates/times should remain the same each week when volunteers talk with their buddy.

When do I need to be available?

Details 90 minutes per week, for three months. Dates and times agreed by volunteer and buddy.
Morning Afternoon Evening
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday

Register your Interest

  • Details
  • Disabled Access
  • Equal Opportunities Policy or Statement
  • Expenses
    Must be pre-agreed.
  • Health and Safety
  • Induction
  • Insurance Cover for Volunteers
  • Other
  • Suitable for 13 - 16 years
  • Suitable for 16 - 18 years
  • Suitable for a group of volunteers
  • Suitable only for (e.g. 18+, LGBT, BAME, Women only)
    Suitable for everyone
  • Support on Offer
  • This role is adaptable for different abilities
  • Training
    Full training will be provided before you start volunteering you ensure you feel confident in your role.