Virtual Buddying Assistant

Reference number: 48100

Title: Virtual Buddying Assistant

Location: Home Based with occasional travel

Salary: £21,623.28 per annum, inclusive of allowance

Hours: 37.5 hours per week

Closing date: Monday 15 August 2022

Interview date: Wednesday 24 August 2022

Contract type: Permanent

Job advert:

About the role

Sense has an exciting opportunity for someone to join our Holidays and Short Breaks team as Virtual Buddying Project Assistant. This is a full time role, working 37.5 hours per week from home, but with occasional travel (approx. once per month) to Sense offices in London and/or Birmingham.

As our Virtual Buddying Assistant, you will be responsible for supporting the delivery of Sense’s national Virtual Buddying project. This is an exciting opportunity to work within a highly skilled team to help deliver a creative national volunteer-led and person centred virtual befriending service for people with disabilities.

You will support and enable children, young people and adults to form meaningful relationships with matched volunteers who share the same interests, hobbies and communication styles. You will be committed to providing a high quality, safe, person centred service and are able to align yourself with Sense’s values to provide the best service to the people we support.

Our ideal candidate will be proactive, creative and solution focused, with the ability to be highly adaptive to the needs of those we support and creatively problem solve. You’ll have a strong understanding of the needs of people with disabilities, and experience of working with and supporting volunteers. You must be comfortable working with a wider team who are geographically spread across the country, where communication is key, and also working independently.

We'd love to hear from you if you have experience of supporting and working with individuals with a range of disabilities; including sensory needs, learning differences and autism. You will be an excellent communicator with a commitment to providing a fun, safe and accessible environment.


Essential requirements:

  • Good communication skills including experience of working with individuals with non-formal communication methods.
  • Experience of working with disabled people to identify and meet their needs, wants and aspirations.
  • An understanding of working with volunteers to provide a quality service

For the full job description and person specification please see below links. 

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.

Take a look at the video below to see why we do and what the impact of the Virtual Buddying project can be.

To apply:

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:

Job description: Download the job description

Candidate guidelines: Download the candidate guidelines

Related links

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