Volunteer 1:1 Befriender/Buddy (Time2Share)

 

About Time2Share 

We are a small charity who engage with disabled children, young people and their families across the Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset region. We have been successfully enabling families to access additional support for over 40 years. This would not be possible without our volunteers and we are currently recruiting so that we can continue this great work and reach out to more people!

You can find out more about Time2Share on our website www.time2share.org.uk

 

About the role 

Our 1:1 buddy scheme involves a volunteer being matched with a young person who they take out regularly to do fun activities. Spending regular time with a disabled young person can make a dramatic difference to their lives and also benefit the people who care for them. It can enable young people to increase their confidence and independence, develop their life skills and gain other friendships. It also provides their parents with the chance to have a much needed regular break. 

Some things that our volunteers and young people do together include…

  • Going for walks and bike rides 

  • Playing videos and watching sports

  • Playing and watching sports

  • Music, arts and crafts

What we are looking for

You do not need previous experience of working with children or disabled people to become a buddy. If you are enthusiastic, committed, responsible and reliable then this could be the ideal volunteering role for you! All we ask is that you spend a couple of hours a week or fortnight with a young person and try to commit to volunteering for one year. Our volunteering opportunities are very flexible and you can fit the time you spend with your buddy around other commitments.  

What you can expect 

Buddying can enable you to develop new skills, knowledge and experience which can boost your CV. You will also have a lot of fun and make new friends!  

It is very important to us that you are linked with a young person that shares your interests and you are happy to spend time with, and we do everything we can to help you feel confident and comfortable in your role. To help achieve this we provide: 

  • Induction training and ongoing training/development opportunities

  • Ongoing support and advice from our Volunteer Co-ordinators

  • Expenses paid

  • Regular Volunteer Social Events

Type: 

Befriending and Support
Children and Young People

Organisation: 

Time2Share

Location: 

Kingswood & New Cheltenham
Downend, Staple Hill and Fishponds

Time Commitment: 

1-3 hours per week

Age: 

over 18

Closing Date: 

Ongoing until further notice