SENSE - Virtual Buddying & Support for Young Carers and Siblings of Disabled People

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Make a friend online with Virtual Buddying

Sense’s Virtual Buddying is for disabled people of any age in the UK. Video call, phone, text, or email with your buddy once a week from the comfort of your home. Together, you can learn a new skill, build your confidence, do your favourite activities – or simply have a chat and a laugh together!

It’s really simple to get started and totally free! Once you register your interest and complete an application form, one of our team will be in touch to learn more about you and your interests. We’ll match you with a volunteer who’s a similar age, personality and who shares your interests and then we’ll introduce you to each other. Call or message your new buddy for an hour a week, when it suits you. We’ll check in with you regularly to see how you and your Buddy are getting on.

Find out more and sign up by visiting our website https://www.sense.org.uk/our-services/meeting-people/virtual-buddying-befriending-service/

If you have any questions get in touch with virtualbuddying@sense.org.uk

Support for young carers and siblings of disabled people

Sometimes, we all need space to relax and share our experiences with people who understand us. That’s why we offer support and activities to young carers and siblings aged 5-18, of people with disabilities. Your child could attend one of our virtual book clubs or games nights, or come along to a wellbeing session if they’d like to talk. The choice is theirs!

Most of our work with siblings and young carers happens online. This means you can access our sessions from wherever you are in the UK. We send out free activity packs in the post, so you can try your hand at something new! We’ll also email you each month with a timetable of online activities. We can provide iPads and IT support to help you access these. 

Depending on where you live in the UK, you might also be able to come along to one of our monthly meet-ups – right now we have groups in Birmingham and Bristol. These events give siblings and young carers the chance to spend time together, chat and have fun. 

Find out more and sign up by visiting our website https://www.sense.org.uk/our-services/support-for-children/support-for-young-carers-and-siblings/

If you have any questions get in touch with siblingsandyoungcarers@sense.org.uk

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