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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:

What do community buddies do?

Community buddies:

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:

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; 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 or call 01962 846399.


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.

Community buddies

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