Buddying - East London Buddying

Like all organisations, Coronavirus (Covid-19) is having an impact on our work. In accordance to advice on social distancing, we have taken the decision to suspend our community based activities, all of our buddying programmes are now taking place via video and telephone calls. However, we will need volunteers once we are able to open up our programmes again. Many of our young people would have spent longer than usual at home, with no school or opportunities to go outside, so the need for volunteers, is greater than ever. As soon as it is safe to do so, we will resume our programmes and schedule training dates. Please email Buddying@Sense.org.uk or call 07557220433 for more details.

We are closely monitoring the situation and following the guidance of Public Health England and the UK Government, and reviewing our operations on a daily basis in light of what is a fast-developing situation.

Sense Volunteer Buddy – volunteer with young disabled people in East London

About the role

Become a Sense Volunteer Buddy in east London and you can support young people with complex needs develop skills, friendships and local connections.


As a volunteer you’ll be matched with a young person based on personality traits and interests, and together you’ll develop a friendship through trying a range of activities in the community. Activities will support young people develop skills around communication, independence, creativity, autonomy, and self-exploration. Examples include, tennis, gigs, drama, dance, arts and cycling to name a few! Your friendship will deeply impact your young person’s life. 


Initial volunteer training will take place every 6 - 8 weeks. For more information - 



Where and when

Sessions are around three hours long; they provide a chance for you and your young person to follow their interests independently in the community (predominantly Tower Hamlets, Hackney, Newham or Redbridge). Our current roles require a commitment of 6-12 months and sessions usually take place at weekends but this will depend on the young person and your availability. 




About you

We’re looking for people who are:

Fun and friendly and confident to meet and spend time with young people.


Willing to develop the knowledge and skills to communicate with young people who may use a wide range of communication methods. 

Reliable and punctual, and able to commit to bi-monthly sessions for 12 months or weekly sessions for 6 months


Committed to providing support in a way that offers choice, independence and dignity.


Enthusiastic, person-centered and excited to get out and about and build a one-to-one supportive friendship with a young person.


And over 18 years of age.


You can expect
Induction information to ensure you feel confident and prepared for the role. This includes one to one meetings, training events, and mentoring for the first month of your sessions with your young person.


Ongoing support; our team is always on hand to support you in your role – we can help you create goals with the young person, discuss challenges, and provide activity ideas. We provide regular top up training opportunities and regular individual meetings.


Agreed out of pocket expenses to be reimbursed, in line with Sense policy


The chance to get to meet new people, try a range of culturally rich activities in your local community and to have lots of fun taking part together 


To develop new skills and knowledge about communicating and working with young people with complex communication needs.


"Seeing his face light up when I enter his house to pick him up for a session beats any award or certificate I have earned. It is a one-of-a-kind feeling." George, Sense Volunteer Buddy 


Complete our application form via the link above, or for more information get in touch at buddying@sense.org.uk . We look forward to hearing from you!


Schedule Summary

This activity generally occurs on

  • Saturday - Morning, Afternoon
  • Sunday - Morning, Afternoon