Community buddies

Community buddies enable children and young people with a disability or additional needs to take part in activities in the community

A community buddy is:

  • a volunteer or a paid member of staff
  • interviewed, checked and trained before they are approved
  • matched to the person best suited to them
Who can use a community buddy

Community buddies are for children and young people from 7 to 19 years old who:

  • have a disability or additional needs and need support to take part in leisure and recreation activities
  • live in Hampshire or attends a school in Hampshire (excluding Portsmouth, Southampton and the Isle of Wight)
How community buddies can help

Community buddies:

  • go with a young person to their chosen activity, giving them time away from home
  • help the young person to do things they want to do
  • provide support for all leisure activities

Activities could include:

  • kicking a ball in the park
  • going out with friends
  • visiting local attractions
  • going shopping
  • seeing a movie

It is up to the young person and their parents to decide how to use their community buddy time.

When you can use a community buddy

You can use a community buddy after school, at weekends or in the school holidays. They can help you for a few hours, or a whole day. The choice is yours.


It costs £5 per hour for a community buddy, plus the cost of the activity and travel.

Find a community buddy

You can sign up to the Community Buddy Scheme by phoning 0300 303 8603 or email

Also see the Hampshire Local Offer website