Thank you for your interest in volunteering with IPSEA

This page outlines our volunteering programme with Chailey Heritage Foundation. Please do not complete an application form if you have not been directed here by Chailey Heritage. For information on our regular volunteering opportunities, please refer to this page.

Volunteering opportunities

If you’re looking to give your time and want to make a real difference to children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), then volunteering with us could be for you. 

To help you learn more about volunteering for IPSEA, we have prepared a comprehensive volunteering pack that contains all the information you need, including:

  • Information about the work we do, and our impact
  • Information about volunteering opportunities
  • The skills and experience you need
  • How to apply 

You can access the volunteering pack below.

Download volunteering pack 


If you are ready to apply, please fill out our online application form.

Please note that we accept applications on a rolling basis, but we have limited places on our volunteer programme, so we cannot guarantee that you will be successful. We will contact you as soon as possible to let you know the outcome of your application. 


Children and young people with SEND are legally entitled to educational support that meets their individual needs, but they frequently fail to receive what the law says they should. Through our advice services, policy work and training, IPSEA is determined to change this.

Since IPSEA was formed in 1983, we have helped to improve educational support for thousands of children and young people with all kinds of SEND.

The impact of this can be life-changing. If the needs of children and young people with SEND are properly understood as a result of a thorough assessment, if the necessary provision is put in place to support them, and if that support is delivered in a suitable school, college or other setting, they are significantly less likely to experience multiple fixed term and/or permanent exclusions, end up out of education for long periods, experience mental health problems, end up “NEET” (not in Education, Employment or Training) or enter the criminal justice system.

Our partnership with Chailey Heritage Foundation

We are delighted to be partnering with Chailey Heritage Foundation to support our volunteering programme. As part of our partnership, volunteers will have the opportunity to meet up with each other and the IPSEA team at the Chailey Heritage School located between Haywards Heath and Lewes. During these meetings, volunteers can receive support while training, discuss any queries arising from helpline calls or cases, or simply socialise over a cup of tea and get to know your fellow volunteers.

For queries relating to our volunteering programme with Chailey Heritage Foundation, please contact Susan Curtis on [email protected]