Bored of the same old holidays each year? Then this could be for you. Sense, the national deafblind charity, needs volunteers to come forward from across the country to help deafblind children and adults have a holiday to remember this summer.
We are especially looking for volunteers from ethnic minorities. Holiday volunteers who are of Indian or Pakistani origin already take part in proportion to the percentage of society both groups make up. But we want to build on this and also encourage more volunteers of Bangladeshi and Chinese origin so holidaymakers can relate to volunteers.
Every year Sense organises about 25 summer holidays throughout England and Wales for around 120 deafblind children and adults (who have sight and hearing impairments). For them it is a rare chance to have an accessible holiday. This year's activities range from horse riding in Lancashire to canal boating in Hertfordshire. Holidaymakers will be staying in cottages, holiday villages, riverboats and activity centres.
Hannah Watson, Holidays Co-ordinator at Sense, said: "Sense holidays are great fun for all concerned. It's often difficult to find the specialist support deafblind people need to fully take part in a holiday. Our holidays give deafblind people the opportunity to have fun, make friends and have a go at all sorts of activities that they often wouldn't get the chance to do.
"But to make this happen we need dedicated volunteers. Holidaymakers come from a variety of ethnic groups and we also want to attract a diverse range of volunteers. You don't need to have done anything similar before as we prepare each volunteer for the role and offer them support during the holiday. All our holidays are managed by experienced, skilled holiday leaders who are supported by a team of volunteers. We'll be delighted to hear from anyone who thinks they might be interested in taking part."
Jaini Gudhka, a previous volunteer, said: "I volunteer for Sense holidays because they give me a chance to do something worthwhile. Seeing the holidaymakers' enjoyment of the holidays is great.
"On a Sense holiday no two days are the same. One day you could be relaxing on a sunny beach, the next be wandering around a zoo looking for the next little memento to add to the holiday diary! And the support from other volunteers is brilliant."