Holiday Leader

Reference number: 43033

Title: Holiday Leader

Hours: Residential Holidays (lasting 5 – 7 days) between July and November.

Location: Various national

Contract type: Permanent

Closing date: Sunday 20 January 2019

Salary: Daily rate of £107.34 (maximum 10 days)

Interview date: Saturday 26 January 2019

To start: To be discussed at interview

Job advert:

About the role

Sense are looking for people who have experience and knowledge of nurturing, supporting and leading groups of people to create a safe, engaging and fun holiday experience, for those with complex disabilities.

With your knowledge and skills combined with your leadership experience you will discover that leading a unique Sense group holiday is a deeply rewarding and life enriching experience.

As a Holiday Leader you will make a real difference to people’s lives, in supporting holidaymakers to enjoy activities such as roller-coasters, feeding the chickens or sailing.

You will be responsible for leading, supporting, and motivating a team of volunteers so that every holidaymaker receives the care and support they need to have a fantastic holiday, which meets their individual choices and aspirations.

You will have overall responsibility for the holiday group’s wellbeing and for maximising the holiday experience for all its participants. With full support from the Sense Holidays Team, this will involve:

Preparation and planning before the holiday, including liaison with families, carers and holiday volunteers;

  • The day-to-day management of the holiday; and
  • Participation in reviewing and evaluating the holiday after it has finished.

You’ll be joining a diverse team and network of leaders with a real passion for enabling individuals to get the most from their holiday. Sense will give you a high level of individual support via phone and email, face-to -face training and support at our weekend preparation events – as well as a wealth of creative, innovative and practical ideas from the experience of your peers.

About us

Sense is a national charity for everyone who is deafblind and for everyone living with complex disabilities. Sense is here to offer personalised support to help people communicate and experience the world. We believe that no one, no matter how complex their disabilities, should be isolated, left out, or unable to fulfil their potential. Our experts offer support that’s tailored to the individual needs of each person, whether that’s at our centres, through our holidays and short breaks, or in people’s own homes. In addition to practical support, we also provide information to families and campaign for the rights of people with complex disabilities to take part in life.

Our Sense Holidays website shows just some of our fantastic holidaymakers, volunteers and leaders in action. 

By applying your skills to the challenge, we are confident that you will gain as much as you give to your team and your holidaymakers. If you’d like to find out more, please get in touch with Alanna Bentley, Holidays Coordinator: call 0300 3309250 or email Please leave a message and contact number with suitable times for a return call.

To apply

Please use the link below to complete your application; CVs will not be considered. Managers will use your application to shortlist candidates in relation to the Personal Specification; therefore it is very important you complete this section thoroughly.  We would recommend that you read the candidate guidelines and job description (found at the base of this advert) before applying.

If you are a disabled candidate and require a hard copy pack or a different format for example large print, Braille or audio please contact the HR department on 0121 415 6735 or textphone 0121 415 2720.

Sense is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable children and adults and expects all employees to share this commitment. Therefore all offers of employment, where appropriate, are subject to an enhanced DBS check.

Sense is an Equal Opportunities Employer and is committed to ensuring that all staff are motivated, skilled and rewarded by their work.


Job description: Download the job description

Candidate guidelines: Download the candidate guidelines

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