Volunteering on a Sense holiday

Volunteers with holidaymakers in a canoe

Looking for a holiday experience where you get to try new things, meet new people and help others do the same?  Then get involved in one of our Sense Holidays.

See our current volunteering vacancies.

Each year, Sense supports up to 300 deafblind people of all ages, on our unique programme of holidays, short breaks and leisure clubs.

Sense Holidays provide opportunities for holiday makers - deafblind children, young people and adults - to have fun, try new things and meet new people.  Many families never have the chance to have a break from their caring responsibilities. Our holidays also give families a break from caring, and enables them to focus on their own health and wellbeing.

Our enthusiastic volunteers use their great interpersonal skills, willingness to learn, team work, flexibility, stamina, patience, humour and care to bring our Sense Holidays programme to life. Over the week you will get to know a group of amazing people. You may help someone experience something completely new. You will discover ways to communicate and get an insight into different perspectives on the world.

We have short breaks in February, Easter, May and October and week-long holidays that take place in July and August throughout England and Wales. Accommodation ranges from outdoor activity centres, to cottages, farms and barns, to villas, and even barges!  

Check out our video to see the holidays in action:

Current vacancies

May Short Breaks

An action packed short break for children and young people with complex needs This short break takes place Sunday 28 May - Friday 2 June. Applications close mid April.

Summer Holidays

Our week-long summer holidays for children, young people and adults around England and Wales. Holidays and short breaks take place from Friday 21 July – Saturday 26 August. Applications close end of April.

September Holiday

A week long canal boat holiday for three adults in Hemel Hempstead, taking place from Friday 15 September – Friday 22 September. Applications close end of April.

Apply for these holidays and breaks via the MyVolunteerPage application form.

Help us build the best volunteer groups

To help us build the best volunteer groups for the holidaymakers, we're particularly keen to hear from:
  • Male volunteers
  • Volunteers with BSL (British Sign Language) skills
  • Minibus drivers
  • Volunteers with experience of supporting people with complex health care needs

Download our Summer Holidays 2017 brochure (PDF)

Frequently Asked Questions for Volunteering on a Sense holiday

Contact us

We’re always happy to hear from potential volunteers, to answer questions and queries and to help you to find the best way to get involved with our activities.

Email: holidays@sense.org.uk
Write to us at:  Sense, 101 Pentonville Road, London N1 9LG
Tel: 0300 330 9250 / 020 7520 0999
Textphone: 0300 330 9252 / 020 7520 0959
Fax: 0300 330 9251

First published: Monday 8 June 2015
Updated: Wednesday 19 April 2017