Sense volunteer newsletter, July 2023

Join our Fantasy Football league, learn more about Pride, and discover new ways to become a buddy by email, text or letter.

And as always, we’ve got lots of ideas for your buddying sessions.

You can now be a buddy by text, email or letter

For the first time, we now also support buddies to have text and email-based matches, as well as letter-writing friendships!

Please get in touch with one of the team on [email protected] if you would like to be matched with another Buddy to have these type of sessions with. 

Buddying inspo

Stuck for ideas for new activities with your buddy? Here’s some inspiration:

Virtual buddying activities

National Preserving Week (24th July – 1st August) is a whole week of events designed to get people preserving their own food. Why not have a look at some of these jam recipes to get involved? 

World Friendship Day, also known as International Day of Friendship takes place on 30th July. Why don’t you mark this with your Buddy by making friendship bracelets? 

Remember to send any pictures from your sessions to [email protected] 

Buddying activities

Remember to send us pictures of any activities you guys do together!


Great Northern Giant Summer Sandpit – Great Northern, 235 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 4EN 


13th July – 31st August 

Missing the sea-side? Fancy some sensory sand play? Head to Great Northern with your buddies to make some sandcastles, grab a bite to eat, and play. You could even take some water with you or a couple of toys. 

Dinosaurs in the Park –  Heaton Park, Middleton Road, Manchester, M25 2SW 

Cost varies depending on date/time – please check the website 

20th July – 6th August, 10am – 6.30pm 

With 40 life-sized animatronic dinosaurs,  

mini golf, excavation dig, bouncy castle, a dinosaur trail, and fair rides, Dinosaurs in the Park offers an enjoyable and educational day out for adults and children alike! Please book in advance to avoid disappointment.  


Bow Families Special: Draw London Landmarks – FREE 

Sunday 30th July 2023, 11:00am to 1:00pm. 

Explore the city we live in and make your unique mark through drawing, collaging, and mapping out imagined landmarks to represent the things you care about.   

Ways to learn more about Pride

Pride Month may be over; however, we want to give our volunteers a chance to continue the fun!  

As a big thank you for being a part of Sense, and to celebrate equality and diversity, we are giving all volunteers access to our Pride eLearning courses, as well as our courses on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion! 

These courses are a great way to learn more about LGBTQ+ related issues, and to develop your skills for the future. The courses that have been made available include ‘Are you an Ally?’, ‘eHistory of Pride’, ‘Understanding Gender’ and ‘Understanding Sexual Orientation’. We have also included courses around unconscious bias and how to stop someone from using ableist language.  

We hope you find these courses helpful – if you have any questions about this, please email a member of the volunteering team at [email protected]

Volunteer of the month – Ben Fisher

Ben has been volunteering at our Norwich shop since November 2021 and has been an asset to the store!  

In July, one of our customers made a point of complimenting Ben’s wonderful customer service, stating that he brightened her day and has such a wonderful character. It’s great to hear such high praise for one of our volunteers and we hope that Ben is very proud of himself! 

Important information

Contact details

Virtual Buddying

If you have any safeguarding concerns during the coming month, please call or email your assigned Sense staff as soon as possible between the hours of 9am-5:00pm.  

If your concern is more urgent and you need to speak to someone immediately or during non-working hours, please use the Sense on-call number: 07557220433

Alice Green( Project Coordinator: [email protected], 07518902681

Deanne Echarri (Project Assistant): [email protected], 07816599138

Jerry Dawson (Project Assistant): [email protected], 07816643093

Sam Parkinson (Project Assistant): [email protected], 07816643187

Rosanna Lowe (Project Assistant): [email protected], 07967 274333

Day buddying

Manchester Buddies: 

Manchester Buddies – please remember to provide feedback after each session.

On-call number: 07757 220433

Kate Weston (Programme Coordinator): [email protected], 07855 011752 

Amy Lasen (Programme Assistant): [email protected] 

Redbridge Buddying Programme 

Lucy Campbell (Programme Coordinator): [email protected], 07973 792420

Carre Smyth (Programme Assistant): [email protected], 07815 996064 

The LEAP Team 

Camilla McCready-Pay (Programme coordinator): [email protected], 07876870941 

Jane Chanakira (Programme Assistant): [email protected], 07816498781 

Niamh Milligan (Programme Assistant): [email protected], 07815996206 


Email: [email protected]

Got an idea for how to improve Sense vounteering?

Got an idea for how to improve volunteering at Sense? Want to share some feedback? Or do you just want to ask a question and chat about your experience?

Contact us at [email protected].

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