Volunteering with Sense

Find a volunteering opportunity near you with Sense. You could help out in one of our shops, befriend a disabled person or come on a Sense Holiday.

You could also cheer on our London Marathon runners on Sunday 2 October.

Sense volunteers make a real difference to the lives of people with complex disabilities. 

“Just taking the time to talk has helped my young person to feel less isolated and alone.”

Yee Neng, Virtual Buddy volunteer

Almost two-thirds of disabled people are chronically lonely. By volunteering with Sense, you can help to change that: whether you make friends through our Virtual Buddying programme or volunteer on a Sense Holiday.

We also welcome volunteers in over 100 charity shops all over England and Wales. Learn new skills, and be part of something great in your local community. 

Find out more about our in-person and online volunteer opportunities today.

Ways to get involved

Volunteer in a Sense charity shop

No two days in a Sense charity shop are the same. Our volunteers greet customers with a friendly face, sort through donations, and promote our shops on social media. 


Be a Virtual Buddy to a person with complex disabilities

Looking for a virtual volunteering opportunity that you can do from home?

Sign up to be a Virtual Buddy, and we’ll match you to someone with complex disabilities we think you’ll get along with. Help to put a smile on their face – and they’ll put one on yours, too!


Befriend a young disabled person in London or Manchester

If you have more time to give, and you’re based in London or Manchester, why not be a Sense Buddy to a young disabled person in your community?

We match volunteers with disabled people based on their shared interests. Together, our Buddies do everything from attending gigs or the theatre to kayaking or trampolining!

Sign up today and you could make a friend for life. 


Volunteer with disabled children and adults on Sense Holidays

Sense Holidays are week-long breaks for people with complex disabilities. They take place every summer, all over the UK.

We need volunteers to help make these holidays happen. We love hearing from applicants with experience supporting people with complex needs, and people who can speak British Sign Language (BSL) in particular. 

“Watching the holidaymakers become more confident and making friends was really special but, hearing how important the break is for families has kept me coming back year after year.”

Jack, Sense Holidays volunteer

Benefits of volunteering for Sense

  • Learn new skills.
  • Improve your well-being.
  • Give something back to your community.
  • Get lots of support and training from the Sense team.
  • Choose a role with flexible hours that suit you.

Any questions? Email us at [email protected] – we’d love to hear from you!