Buddy Schemes are befriending project that matches volunteers with people with learning disabilities, so they can enjoy their social time and leisure activities. There are local schemes that offer buddies for young people aged 14 and over and for adults aged 18 and over.
Richmond and Kingston BuddyUp Scheme
Richmond AID is a charity run by and for disabled people in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and surrounding areas. They support people of all ages with all disabilities, including physical and sensory impairments, mental health issues and learning difficulties. Richmond Aid offer the Richmond and Kingston BuddyUp Scheme. This service is for young people with disabilities or additional needs aged between 14-17 years and living in the Richmond or Kingston boroughs. BuddyUp works by matching young people up with their own young volunteer (‘buddy’) and aims to enable young people to increase independence and confidence through travelling and getting out and about more in their community. And of course it’s about having fun and building a friendship!
Becoming a Buddy Scheme Volunteer (Richmond and Kingston Boroughs)
If you are interested in volunteering with children and young adults, Richmond AID have fantastic ‘Buddy’ Scheme opportunities.
You could become a Buddy to a young person with a disability (for volunteers aged 16+), help them to find independence on public transport and in the community by travelling with them to activities in the local area.
Go Kingston Volunteering Buddy Scheme
What is the aim of the project?
To reduce social isolation amongst individuals with learning disabilities. Our volunteer befrienders work to allow service users enjoy leisure activities, encouraging choice and independence.
Who is The Buddy Scheme for?
The Buddy scheme is a befriending scheme in Kingston that matches volunteers with a "buddy" with a learning disability or on the Autistic Spectrum. The "buddy pair" then meets on a regular basis to take part in leisure activities together. The Buddy Scheme is open to individuals with learning disabilities in the borough of Kingston aged 18 and over.
How the service works
If you are a disabled person and would like to try a sport or physical activity but need some help to find something you are interested in or something that is accessible to you, then Into Sport can help.
They can help you search for activities you are interested and support you to try a few to see what suit! They may be able to find a buddy to attend sessions with you, assist with travel and get involved to resolve any access issues.
Into Sport are also working closely with local sports clubs, sport centres and other organisations, so have a broad list of accessible sports/activities for their service users.
This service is for all disabled people including people with learning disabilities, physical and sensory disability and mental health issues.