Make a new friend in London or Manchester

Who can get a Sense Buddy?

This programme is open to young people aged 5-18 with disabilities who live in one of the following areas:

  • Redbridge
  • Tower Hamlets
  • Hackney
  • Newham
  • West London
  • Manchester

How to sign up to the programme depends on your local authority. If you live in one of these areas and you’re interested in taking part, please get in touch with our team.

“I feel much happier now I have a Buddy. We have lots of fun together and have been to silent discos and festivals, walking tours and been to the theatre recently to see Lion King.”

Young person in London

How it works

The application process for a Sense Buddy is different depending on where you live. Get in touch with our team to find out more. 

Once we’ve matched you with your new friend, this is what to expect:

  1. We’ll put you both in touch to plan your first outing. 
  2. You’ll get to meet your Buddy once a week, for about three hours, usually on an evening or weekend. 
  3. What you choose to do with that time is up to you!
Laely and her Sense Buddy Jenny.

Laely and her Sense Buddy Jenny

Laely and volunteer Jenny met on our Tower Hamlets buddying scheme. Together, they’ve gone swimming, ridden a pedalo, taken a tour of the Cutty Sark and got crafty at a pottery class.

Jenny has become an expert in the way Laely likes to communicate, and they chat using pictures, gestures and symbols. Both of them have made a firm friend for life. 

How Sense will support you

  • Exciting days out: Through our partnerships with theatres and museums, we can always help you find something fun to do!

  • Covering expenses: We’ll give you and your Buddy a budget to pay for your activities.

  • Meet more friends: Group activities are a chance for you and your Buddy to meet other folks in the programme.

  • And anything else you need: We’re always here! Speak to our team if you have any questions at all.

Anna was in mainstream school and found it hard to make friends. She was miserable and unhappy. The Buddying service has really helped. As parents, having somebody who we can trust to take her out is fabulous.”

Anna’s parent

Any questions?

Our friendly team is always happy to help!