The Buddy Up befriending programme matches 40 disabled young people per year aged 7–25 with volunteer Buddies; young volunteers aged 14–19 who have completed a comprehensive training programme in the Youth Club. Buddy pairs meet in the Youth Club and access a range of activities designed to help disabled young people to grow their friendship groups, improve confidence, and gain practical skills for independence.
The programme launched in October 2015. Georgia Vesma, Grants and Trust Fundraiser at the club said:
“Funding from Bridge Builder has enabled us to develop and launch this project. The grant of £250 also enabled us to access almost £5,000 of additional funding from three other sources to ensure this project runs for a full year and works with more than 24 disabled young people who need a high level of support to get active. This would not have been possible without your support.”