The Kingston Buddy Scheme is a befriending scheme that matches volunteers to a "buddy" with learning disabilities. They meet on a regular basis to enjoy leisure activities, such as shopping, cinema, going to football matches, exercise classes, boat trips, having a coffee etc. Volunteers can help their buddy build confidence and reduce isolation whilst having fun and gaining relevant experience. Training and on-going support is provided and all expenses are paid.
Address of opportunity: Volunteers meet their buddy in Kingston at the venue they are going to. The Scheme is based at:
50 Canbury Park Road,
Skills that can be gained: Volunteers can gain experience of working with people with disabilities and will practice communication skills. Training includes information on learning disabilities, the autistic spectrum, communication skills and safeguarding adults. We can provide a reference.
Time and the date: Time is flexible, to fit in volunteers' other commitments and their buddy's free time. We ask for a few hours once or twice a month for at least 12 months.