Volunteer on a Sense Holiday

We’ve now closed volunteer applications for our 2022 holidays

However, we’re always in need of people with specific skills to support our holidays, particularly:

  • British Sign Language Level 3 or above
  • Significant experience in supporting people with complex needs

If this is you and you’re really keen to support our 2022 Holidays programme, please contact us on [email protected] to discuss further.

If you’re interested in volunteering on a Sense Holiday in the future, read on to learn more about what our holidays are like. You can always contact our team at [email protected] to learn about when we’ll open up spots for future holidays or to learn about other volunteer opportunities with Sense.

Volunteers help make Sense Holidays unforgettable

Every summer, adults and children with complex disabilities pack their bags for action-packed Sense Holidays around the UK.

These holidays are a chance to try something new and make friends and memories that will last a lifetime. Our holiday-makers might have a go at dancing, horse riding or surfing – the possibilities are endless!

It’s also a chance for families and carers to have a break from supporting their loved ones for a week, safe in the knowledge that they’re having fun. 

Jack, a Sense holiday volunteer and his buddy are standing in countryside surroundings - in the background is a hedgemaze!
Jack, a Sense holidays volunteer with his companion.

What Sense Holidays volunteers do

Many of our Sense Holidays volunteers are partnered up with one of our holiday-makers. We’ll always try to match you with someone you can communicate with, and who has similar interests to you. Other volunteers work with the whole group. 

You’ll support the holiday-makers to take part in the group activities. This could include anything from canoeing to rock climbing!

You’ll also give them a hand with generally getting around, communicating with others in the group and personal care. 

Plus, our volunteers help out with cooking, cleaning, driving and other aspects of running a safe group holiday. 

What we’ll do for you

Before you start your volunteering role, we’ll make sure you’ve had the training you need to feel confident. This will be delivered online and in person. 

While you’re volunteering with us on a Sense Holiday, you’ll get:

  • Free accommodation.
  • Free food and drink.
  • Activities with the holiday-makers and other volunteers.
  • Reimbursement of any expenses, such as travel.

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

Who can apply

Anyone over 18 can apply and we welcome caring, enthusiastic people from all backgrounds.

While we encourage everyone to apply, we’re also always keen to hear from people who have experience with any of the following.

  • Have some experience in a caring role, or supporting people with complex needs or challenging behaviours.
  • British Sign Language (BSL), and/or other communication methods like Makaton.
  • Working with mobility needs. 
  • Supporting autistic people and/or people with learning disabilities. 

Any questions?

Email our team at [email protected] if you have questions about when we’ll open next year’s volunteer recruitment, or visit our volunteering page to see what other opportunities Sense offers volunteers.