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Richmond Aid - BuddyUp Volunteer

Details of the Charity:

Richmond AID is a charity run by and for disabled people in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and surrounding areas. We support people of all ages with all disabilities, including physical and sensory impairments, mental health issues and learning difficulties. Our aim is to support disabled people to live independent lives and to have the same opportunities as non-disabled people.

Details of the Volunteering Opportunity:

Become a buddy to a young person with a disability in the Richmond or Kingston Borough. Provides valuable respite for both young people and parents/carers. Help the young person to gain greater independence on public transport and in the community by travelling with them to activities of their choice both in the local area and across London.

The project is flexible and can work around your studies.  Liaise with your volunteer supervisor and families to organise suitable times for you to BuddyUp. We aim to average 3 hours minimum every 2/3 weeks but you can do much more if you want to! BuddyUp sessions can be anytime; after school or college in the evening, at weekends, or a combination of both.  Also availability in term-time during the day and of course very flexible over the summer holidays.

Can accommodate both regular timetable and more flexible planning. All initial BuddyUp sessions are carried out with your volunteer supervisor as part of the induction and getting settled in.

Buddies will usually pick up and drop off from the young person’s home. Sessions vary from bowling, cinema to visiting Westfield or museums and art galleries in London and much more.

Skills Required:

  • Volunteers should be reliable, fun, caring, safety conscious, responsible and enthusiastic!
  • Experience with young people/disability is desirable but not essential.


Additional Benefits:

  • Direct experience of working with young people and supporting participation in valued roles and routines.
  • Flexible volunteer times to work around your studies.
  • Opportunity to work with people with a wide range of health conditions.
  • Gain experience of sourcing opportunities within a locality.
  • Having a positive impact across the whole family unit.
  • Access to wide-ranging training resources.
  • Scope for both 1-1 work and also group settings, so get to meet other young people and their buddies. 
  • Travel expenses reimbursed.
  • Hours voluntereed will be recorded on your HEAR - which goes on your permanent university record.
  • All hours contribute towards your Brunel Volunteers Award, which may lead to an invitiation to the Brunel Volunteers Award Ceremony in May.
  • Interested? Apply below:
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