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Sense Holidays Volunteers needed

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Description of the Role

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.

Holidays take place across the summer on various dates between 15th July – 7th October 2022.

The Role of the Volunteer

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 interest 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.

How we will Support You / What we can Offer You

Before you start your volunteering role, we’ll make sure that 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, food and drink

·      Activities with the holiday-makers and other volunteers

·      Reimbursement of any expenses, such as travel

Volunteering on a Sense Holiday is a great opportunity to develop new skills, experiences and meet new people.

Who we are Looking For / Skills & Qualities for the Role

We need positive, empathetic volunteers to make our Holidays happen. We are looking for volunteers who are open to new adventures, enthusiastic, positive and ready to have fun!

We’re especially keen to hear from volunteers who have knowledge or experience of 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


How to Apply / What the Application Process Looks Like

·      Fill in the application form - http://bttr.im/oaqwr  Specific details of holidays dates and locations can be found on the form

·      If you’re a good fit, we’ll invite you to an informal virtual interview

·      Once you’ve been accepted, we’ll carry out reference and Disclosure & Barring (DBS) checks

·      Then, we’ll send you all the details of the training you’ll need to do

·      Finally, we’ll allocate you to a holiday!

·      If you have any questions, please contact the Volunteering Team at [email protected]

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