Volunteer as a friend

Form a new friendship, try new activities, and support a disabled young person to have fun and gain new skills – while they enable you to do the same.

Are you kind, committed and fun? 

Could you become a friend to a person with disabilities?

You will help someone develop their independence, boost confidence, discover new interests and – most importantly – have fun!

You do not need to have any previous experience. You may have to provide a level of personal care, but you will be given full training, and won't have to do anything you're uncomfortable with. 

If you’re enthusiastic, keen to meet new people and excited to build new friendships, becoming a buddy is the volunteering opportunity for you.

 Buddy crouching down to smile at camera with friend

I really enjoy volunteering with Sense Buddying


How does buddying work?

Our buddying programmes can be face-to-face, in a local park or town, or over a video call. They all have a huge impact, reducing loneliness and building confidence.

Volunteers bring a unique approach to our buddying programmes. As volunteers have clearly chosen to be there, it's a different relationship to one with a paid carer, for example.  We welcome volunteers from all backgrounds and everyone’s contribution is valued.

Face to face buddying

We are looking for volunteers to work alongside young people, for weekend activities based in Tower Hamlets, Hackney, Newham and Redbridge.

We ask volunteers to commit to three hours a week, for a minimum of six months.

You could go swimming, bowling, visiting museums and parks, or just going to the cafe. Whatever activities you choose, you will make a big difference in their life.


Virtual buddying

We are looking for volunteers to be matched with a disabled person based on your shared interests, sense of humour and personality. Together you will participate in virtual (via phone, email, or videocall) sessions.  

You can expect to volunteer for around an hour a week, for a minimum of three months, and this role is flexible around your other commitments.

You could catch up about your week, or do activities together, such as; an online dance class, watching a film, crafting, gaming, gardening or baking.

Two buddies with their friends out and about

Seeing their face light up when you enter their house to pick them up for a session beats any award or certificate I have earned. It is a one-of-a-kind feeling.

George, Sense Buddy, Tower Hamlets

Getting started with buddying

We spend time getting to know you so we can carefully match you to the right person. We offer full training before you start.

We provide a budget for travel and activity expenses and also offer a range of additional training opportunities. There’s regular support and supervision throughout your time with us.

I felt very supported from the very beginning. Even now (4 months in) I know I can talk to you about anything and get some more support from you


Safety measures during COVID-19

We are following the all the official guidance and have implemented strict safety measures to eliminate any risk for our face to face buddying. We’ll walk you through all the safety measures throughout the application process.

Get in touch

Get in touch to find out more about volunteering as a Sense Buddy.

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