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
- 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 get a list of approved community buddy providers, and the areas they cover, from Parent Voice.
Also see the Hampshire Gateway website.