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Community buddies: information for parents

Community buddies is a new service provided through our short breaks programme. It is designed to enable children and young people from 7 to 19 years old with a disability and/or additional needs to access activities in the community.

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, bowling or going to the cinema.

Who can use a community buddy?

Community buddies

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 attends a school in Hampshire (excluding Portsmouth, Southampton and the Isle of Wight as they have similar schemes).

How can I find out about community buddies?

You can find a list of approved community buddy providers, and the areas they cover, from Parent Voice at www.hampshiregateway.info; or by calling Parent Voice on 0300 303 8603

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 use a community buddy?

You can use a community buddy after school, at weekends, in the school holidays, for a few hours, or a whole day - the choice is yours!

Community Buddies in the news

Here is an excerpt from a previous news story about community buddies "Best Buddies" (October 2011)

Contact us

To find out more about short breaks, email shortbreaks@hants.gov.uk or call 01962 846399.

 

Community buddies

Gateway Card

Register for a Gateway Card for access to activities, play schemes and buddy schemes available through our short breaks programme.

Parent participation

  • Parent Voice, along with the Hampshire Parent Carer Network provides the opportunity for families to have their say on how services can be shaped and developed to meet the needs of a growing number of children and young people with disabilities and/or additional needs in Hampshire.