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

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 mid June.

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 mid June.

Apply for these holidays and breaks via the My VolunteerPage application form.

October short break

This autumn, enjoy the change of the seasons at this exciting woodland holiday for children and young people with complex needs. This short break takes place Sunday 22 October to Friday 27 October. Applications close mid-August.

February 2018 short break

Our first short break of 2018 runs between Sunday 18 February to Friday 23 February 2018. Come and join us! Applications close at the end of November


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: Tuesday 24 October 2017