Are you 14-17 years old and looking for more independence?
Want to try a new club or activity and make friends with other young people?

It is so easy to get involved! As long as you are 14-17 years old with an additional need and/or disability and you are a resident of the Kingston or Richmond Borough, you are eligible for the Richmond and Kingston BuddyUp Scheme.

Buddyup capture

What is the Richmond and Kingston BuddyUp project?

This service is for young people with disabilities or additional needs aged between 14-17 years and living in the Richmond or Kingston boroughs. BuddyUp works by matching young people up with their own young volunteer (‘buddy’) and aims to enable young people to increase independence and confidence through travelling and getting out and about more in their community. And of course it’s about having fun and building a friendship!

One of our Buddy pairs off for a fun trip out!

Who will buddy me?

We will take the time to talk to you and your family to learn more about your interests and hobbies. We ensure our volunteers are reliable, fun and enthusiastic and try to match them to our young people through similar tastes and interests. We will then give you and your family the chance to meet your volunteer buddy before getting started on BuddyUp.

Young people will be matched with a volunteer buddy who will support and encourage them to access activities and public transport, whilst building a real friendship. This is a great way to try new opportunities and to get out and about in your local area. Our buddy pairs go out for a few hours every fortnight at a time suitable for all – this can be during the day/after school/weekends or holidays!

George out bowling with a group in Kingston
George out bowling with a group in Kingston
Helping to open the lock gates on a river jaunt!
Helping to open the lock gates on a river jaunt!
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Aurelie helping with some community gardening

How do I join BuddyUp?

It is so easy to get involved! As long as you are 14-17 years old with an additional need and/or disability and you are a resident of the Kingston or Richmond Borough, you are eligible for this scheme.

Please contact the following for more information:

Kingston BuddyUp

Buddy Coordinator: Jess Lawn

Phone: 020 8831 6079

Email: j.lawn@richmondaid.org.uk

Richmond BuddyUp

Buddy Coordinator: Jamie Cutler

Phone: 020 8831 6072

Email: j.cutler@richmondaid.org.uk