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Richmond Aid - BuddyUp Volunteer

Details of the Charity:

Richmond AID is an organisation, based in Teddington, of and for disabled people. We aim to empower disabled people in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and surrounding boroughs, irrespective of their age, lifestyle or type of disability. We do this by providing advice and information about services, promoting independent living, and campaigning on local and national issues which affect disabled people.

Details of the Volunteering Opportunity:

What is the BUDDYUP Project?

This service is for disabled young people reaching adulthood and aims to enable them to increase independence and confidence through accessing activities in their community. We want to increase the young person's knowledge, confidence and capability on public transport in and around the Kingston & Richmomd Borough so they feel more confident accessing activities.

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.

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:

  • 16+
  • Available once a fortnight for a few hours
  • Minimum commitment 6 months
  • 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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  • Have you come to study at Brunel from outside the EU
  • If you are an international student which visa do you hold?