Sense Virtual Buddy Volunteer 

What You'll Do: 

Sense matches each volunteer with someone who has similar interests to ensure you’ll have lots of fun together. Once matched with a buddy, you will get to know each other remotely via video calls or phone calls.

 

You’ll arrange weekly sessions and plan fun things to do together – what this looks like will be inspired by your mutual interests. You could be gaming, doing arts and crafts, playing music, seed planting – there are so many possibilities! We will provide you with weekly themed activities to help to support you in planning your interactions with your buddy.

 

We’ll also keep in touch with you to ensure you have all the support you need.

 

The programme is open to all volunteers who are 16 and over. You don't need to have previous experience volunteering or caring for disabled people. We welcome people from all backgrounds and with all interests.

Why You'll Love It: 
Our volunteers have spent thousands of hours with their buddies — learning new skills, having fun, and forming fantastic friendships.   While you’re volunteering with us as a Virtual Buddy, you’ll get:   A written account of your volunteering and references if required Access to additional communication courses such as Deaf Awareness and British Sign Language Reimbursement of pre-agreed expenses   Volunteering as a Sense Virtual Buddy is a great opportunity to develop new skills and get to know new people whilst making a real difference to a person’s life.
What You'll Learn: 
Full training will be provided before you start volunteering you ensure you feel confident in your role.   Training includes: Safeguarding, Equality, Diversity & Inclusion, Confidentiality & Data Protection.   Training is also tailored specifically to support you in your role as a Virtual Buddy. We are also able to offer you additional e-learning to gain an understanding of different methods of communication (this is optional).
What We're Looking For: 
We need positive, empathetic volunteers who are passionate about supporting people with complex disabilities to communicate and experience the world. We are looking for volunteers who are great communicators and who are friendly, enthusiastic, positive and ready to have fun!   We’re also always looking for volunteers who have knowledge or experience of British Sign Language (BSL) and/or other communication methods like Makaton.
Summary
Volunteering
Mental Health
Young People
Disability
Another city in the UK
Darlington
Durham
Hartlepool
London
Middlesbrough
12 Weeks Minimum
1 Hours / Week
Skills you will develop: 
Organisation
Interpersonal / Confidence
Requirements: 
DBS check
Phone Interview
Training

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