Community Buddies

GO! (great Opportunities) Together Charity provide a Community Buddy scheme for children and young people with special needs living in the Basingstoke, and Hart & Rushmoor and area.

Community Buddies is one of a range of Short Breaks Services provided by Hampshire County Council for children and young people aged 7-19 with a disability and/or additional need who either live in Hampshire attend a school in the county.  Buddies offer these young people support to access leisure activities outside their homes. GO! (Great Opportunities) Together is an approved provider for the scheme operating mainly in the districts of Basingstoke & Dean and Hart & Rushmoor.

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Who are community buddies?
What do community buddies do?
Who can use a community buddie?
How can I find out about community buddies / self refer?
How much does it cost?
When can I use the scheme?
Further Information and leaflet download

Who are community buddies?

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.

What do community buddies do?

Community buddies:

  • accompany a young person to their chosen activity, giving them time away from home
  • help the young person to do things they want to do – it is up to the young person and their parents to decide how to use their community buddy time
  • are available to provide support in all areas of the community, such as going shopping or bowling.

Who can use a community buddie?

The community buddy scheme is open to children and young people from 7 to 19 years old who:
– have a disability and/or additional needs and may require support to participate fully in leisure and recreation activities
– live in Hampshire and/or attend a school in Hampshire (excluding Portsmouth, Southampton and the Isle of Wight as they have similar schemes).

  • Buddying can support a regular activity or be used occasionally e.g. just in school holidays. All Buddy sessions need to be booked through GO! as the approved provider

 

How can I find out about community buddies / self refer?

Families can self-refer to the scheme. We have a CYP Registration form which can be downloaded here which can be sent to Family Resource Centre UK as well as or instead of making contact by phone. Please do talk to our friendly team about completing the form or for more information.

  • Once an appropriate match is found, GO! will arrange a meeting between you and the potential buddy so that you can find out more about each other before starting 1-1

To find out about Community Buddies in the Basingstoke/Farnborough/Fleet area, contact us:

Tel: 01256 636 288 or 0118 907 6145
Email: contact@greatopportuntiies.org.uk

You can find a list of approved community buddy providers, and the areas they cover, from Parent Voice at www.parentvoice.info

To join Parent Voice, register online, email parentvoice@roseroad.org.uk or call 023 8072 1206

How much does it cost?

There is a standard change of £5 per hour for a community buddy (plus the cost of the activity and travel).

When can I see a community buddie?

You can use a community buddy after school, at weekends or in the school holidays.

Further Information, and leaflet download

Contact GO! to find out more about Community Buddies in the Basingstoke/Farnborough/Fleet  area:

Tel: 01256 636 288 or 0118 907 6145
Email: contact@greatopportuntiies.org.uk

Download the Community Buddies leaflet

More details about the Gateway Card and Application Form

Case Study
Find out first hand what it’s like to be a Community Buddy and how someone benefits by reading our Community Buddies Case Study