A Bid for Budding Buddies

New project across Tameside matches volunteer buddies with people who have long-term conditions, are socially isolated or suffer from loneliness. The volunteers join the clients to take those first steps to join a new activity or club, when overcoming their thoughts and anxieties are too big a hurdle for them to jump alone.

So, if you are the supportive kind, with a bit of time on your hands, please step forward to become a Volunteer Buddy. The gentle little nudge of someone being there with you, reminding you that it’s OK and that you can do it, is sometimes all that is needed – and if you can be the person who does that, you will make a real difference to someone!

What do I do, if I want to volunteer to become a buddy?

The process is simple. You can ring our Buddy Coordinator, Liza, on 0161 368 3268, and she will talk you through it. If you prefer the online approach, you can also apply online here: https://www.togmind.org/node/112 (choose the Volunteer Buddy option).

As a volunteer you will get a full induction, training, experience and new skills, expenses paid for and great opportunities to take part in new activities.

Liza from DMNW
The team behind the Buddy Project are a friendly bunch. Here’s Liza from DMNW with a poster advertising the project at a recent event.

How do I get a buddy to join me?

If you suffer from a lack of confidence, feel lonely and isolated, maybe you just suffered a recent loss or have recently moved into the area, having a buddy to support you on those first journeys into building a social life can be life-changing. If you wish to self-refer, you can ring our office (we offer bi-lingual support in Bangla and Urdu) on 0161 368 3268, TOG Mind on 0161 330 9223 or LEAP on 0161 214 8300.

What else should I know about the project?

The Buddy Project is supported by the Social Prescribing team at Action Together The project is led by Tameside, Oldham and Glossop (TOG) Mind with delivery support from Diversity Matters North West and Learning, Empowerment and Participation (LEAP).

Read more about it here:

https://www.togmind.org/buddy-project

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