Holidays and Short Breaks - Play scheme volunteer

Reference number: 48090

Title: Holidays and Short Breaks - Play scheme volunteer

Location: Bristol

Salary: Voluntary

Hours: 5-15 hours per week

Closing date: Friday 19 August 2022

Interview date: TBC

Contract type: Temporary, Casual

Job advert:


​Could you be a Sense Holiday and Short Breaks Play scheme volunteer ??

Sense has an exciting opportunity for someone to join our Holidays and Short Breaks team as a Holidays and Short Breaks Play scheme volunteer. This is a voluntary position, working between 5 - 15 hours per week depending on how many hours you would like! 

Volunteering offers unique benefits, you can't simply get anywhere else!  You do not work for money, but for the feeling you get from helping individuals live the life they choose!

If you are an engaging, positive, caring person who would like to enhance other poeple's lives, then this is the role for you!

Volunteer at the playscheme, supporting staff and young people living with complex needs have fun during the school holidays. Engaging in a range of activities from arts and crafts to accessible circus and dance groups. In this role you’ll be a key part of our exciting Sense Holidays programme, creating opportunities for people of all ages to enjoy their school holidays, to try new things, do things they enjoy, and meet others in a safe supportive environment.

Each year, Sense supports up to 100 disabled people of all ages on our programme of holidays and residential short breaks. These are delivered throughout the year across England and Wales, through an extensive network of committed volunteers and sessional staff.  Our short Sense Holidays video shows just some of our fantastic holidaymakers, volunteers and leaders in action. 


Sense Holiday and Short Breaks Play scheme volunteer Duties / Experience:

  • Enthusiastic, cheerful, with a positive attitude
  • Patient, warm and friendly
  • Reliable, trustworthy and committed to providing support
  • Supporting the delivery of our playscheme to young people who have complex needs, may have multi-sensory impairments and who may use a wide range of communication methods
  • Some knowledge of BSL & or Makaton would be beneficial. 
  • We particularly welcome applications from individuals with experience of working with people who are deafblind, multisensory impaired, who have autism, or who have other complex communication needs.
  • As volunteers are an essential element of how we deliver fantastic outcomes for everyone who takes part in our activities, an enthusiasm and commitment to the unique benefits that volunteers bring.
  • Committed to providing support in a way that offers choice, independence and dignity


About Sense

For everyone living with complex disabilities. For everyone who is deafblind. Sense is here 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.

Working at Sense can be incredibly rewarding; we offer the opportunity to work in a large, diverse and successful charity where people can develop their skills, knowledge and careers in a supportive and flexible environment. In addition, we have excellent training and development, the opportunity for you to join our Group Personal Pension scheme and a generous annual leave entitlement.

Work at Sense can be demanding and so isn’t for everyone, but it is also incredibly rewarding and valuable. Take a look at the video below to see why we do what we do.

To apply section:

Please use the link below to complete your application. Managers will use your supporting statement to shortlist candidates for interview; 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, job description and person specification (found at the base of this advert) before applying.

Please note to avoid disappointment, we advise you to submit your application as soon as possible as we reserve the right to close posts at any time.

No agency submissions please: any submissions without prior authorisation from the Sense Recruitment Team will be treated as our own and as such no fee will be payable.

If you require any further assistance, please contact the Recruitment Team on 0121 415 6735 or

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.

For this role we particularly welcome applications from candidates from underrepresented ethnic minority backgrounds and candidates with disabilities. Sense is committed to equality of opportunity, and to promoting and celebrating the diversity of staff, volunteers and the people we work with. Everyone's contribution is valued and we ensure they're given the opportunity to realise their potential. We welcome applications from talented people from all sections of the community who share our values and belief that no one, no matter how complex their disabilities, should be isolated, left out, or unable to fulfil their potential. For more information please visit: 

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Job description: Download the job description

Candidate guidelines: Download the candidate guidelines

Related links

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