We’ll follow up by email to set up a quick chat to learn more about your interests. This helps us find the right match and answer any questions.
We’ll invite you to a training session and we’ll send a short online training package so you’re prepared.
If you’re volunteering with an under-18, we’ll also check if you have a criminal record (don’t worry, we’ll help you get this checked and we’ll pay for it, too).
And that’s it – time for your first session with your buddy!
Why volunteer as a Virtual Buddy?
You’ll tackle social isolation and loneliness
Loneliness and social isolation disproportionately affect disabled people. Virtual Buddying gives disabled people a way to make friends, while providing opportunities to build their confidence and try new skills.
Watch Claire speaking from our summer get-together about how she makes a difference volunteering with Catherine.
You’ll learn new skills
You and your buddy can try learning new activities such as art, music, cooking or…anything! What you try is up to you. We’ll support you by providing resources and guidance.
Sense volunteers also develop skills that help them in their careers.
“I’ve learnt a lot from volunteering with Sense. I’m now a special needs teacher and I credit Sense with that decision.”
Jenny, who volunteers with Angus
It’s flexible and works around you
You and your buddy choose a time that suits and decide what activities you’ll do.
If you’ve got questions, we’re here to help. Sense is full of supportive, friendly people who are dedicated to making sure you succeed, learn, and have fun on this project.
“I feel like I make a big difference by volunteering with Sense – it’s very rewarding.”
Karen, who volunteers with Ricky
Our volunteers have the best time. We’re always blown away by the positive feedback they give us. Sign up to join our amazing volunteer team and join the adventure!
“I just know that on a Thursday I’m going to be laughing at the end of my day. It’s a really positive part of my week.”
Bethany, who volunteers with Olivia
Who can volunteer?
The programme is open to all volunteers who are 16 and over.
You don’t need previous experience volunteering or caring for disabled people. We welcome people from all backgrounds and with all interests.
We’re also always looking for people who speak British Sign Language – if that sounds like you, get in touch with us.