Buddy Up

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Buddy Up is a mentoring and befriending project for young people aged between 13 and 18 who have additional needs and disabilities who are at risk of social isolation.

The objective of the project is to provide an opportunity for these young people to make new friends and have fun by engaging in a range of activities in groups or on a one to one basis and residential short breaks via the support of trained mentors of the same age group.

Volunteer peer mentors are young people aged between 13 and 18 who want to support young people with additional needs by befriending them and spending time doing fun activities. The project works with all mainstream schools, community youth groups and VCF sector youth providers in Sefton to identify mentors who are trustworthy, capable and dedicated to volunteering within their community. We also support young people working towards their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. Some of our current mentors are young people who have received support from the project in the past as mentees and have now progressed enough to provide support for younger mentees. These mentors are fantastic role models and a huge inspiration to others.

Outcomes will include;

  • Offer short breaks to parent/carers
  • Reduce social isolation for young people with additional needs and disabilities
  • Increase opportunities for these young people to engage in meaningful and fun activities
  • Increase opportunities for young people to develop social skills and friendships
  • Develop independence skills
  • Prepare them for adulthood
  • Encourage them to shape the project’s development

Download Buddy Up Mentor Information Leaflet (for information about being a mentor)

Download Buddy Up Mentee Information Leaflet  (if you have a learning disability and you are interested in taking part)

Be a mentor with Buddy Up

This video was produced in partnership with Merseyside Youth Association’s Peer Mentoring & Volunteering Project and by a group of Buddy Up mentors in August 2015 to help other young people understand what it is like to be a mentor and why they should consider getting involved in the project.