One off opportunity: Sense Holidays

Want to do something a bit different with your summer break? Why not volunteer on A Sense Holiday?

On Sense Holidays, groups of people with complex needs - children, young people and adults – are taken away for a jam-packed week of activities, friendships and lots of laughs. The volunteers support our holiday makers to ensure everyone has an enjoyable break.

They have a range of Holidays taking place in loads of great locations across the UK.

As a Sense Holiday volunteer, you'll be part of a team making sure each break is the very best experience it can be for everyone involved. You'll need to be enthusiastic, positive, open-minded and willing to be flexible. In return, you'll have a one-of-a-kind experience. We welcome volunteers each year from a huge range of backgrounds. The unique contribution each volunteer makes, no matter your skills and experience, enables each and every holidaymaker to try new things and make new connections in a safe and supported environment.

Whatever your background and experience you will learn something – either about a new communication method, how to break down barriers for those with additional needs, or about the value of team work. You will come away with a memory full of magical little moments and a heart full of pride in what the holidaymakers enjoyed and achieved and what you did to make that possible. 

Sense Holidays take place throughout the year during school holidays, with the majority taking place in July and August.  Each holiday runs for five to seven nights. Accommodation ranges from seaside cottages, country farms and barns, to outdoor activity centres, canal boats and camping at a music festival – something for everyone!

Before you volunteer, Sense will make sure that you have all of the information and support you need to feel prepared and confident in your role. An essential part of getting ready to volunteer is attending a Volunteer Preparation Day where you'll receive training as well as have the opportunity to meet your holiday group.

Volunteering on a Sense Holiday is completely free of charge and all your accommodation, food and activity expenses will be covered. We are able to cover travel expenses for students, those on a low income and for those for whom it would otherwise be a barrier to volunteering.

Register your interested now to get involved!



Contact Details

Students' Union
Portland Building
University Park
Opening hours

Tel : 0115 846 8800

9am - 5pm
Monday to Friday