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Buddy Scheme

The buddy scheme has been developed to enable disabled young people to access the Community and local Leisure Centres.

There are two types of buddy schemes available in Hampshire: Community Buddies and Activity Buddies.  You can find out more about each of these in the sections below.

To search for activity buddies, type "Buddies" or "buddy scheme" in the search box, your results can then be filtered by location.

To find a community buddy, please contact Parent Voice on 0300 303 8603 who will help you with your request.


Community Buddies

Community buddies is part of Hampshire County Council's short breaks programme.

Anybody who is aged 7 – 19 can access the scheme.

It was designed after feedback from parents which showed that many young people wanted the opportunity to access facilities in the community but were unable to go on their own. By going with a buddy many young people are now able to visit and access places and facilities they were not previously able to. Many of the young people currently using the scheme are going with their buddy to town, cinema, parks, bowling or simply going out for a meal.

1. From 1st May the number of hours that a young person can use under the scheme will be capped at 25 hours per month you can use up to 25 hours in any given month (subject to availability) however hours cannot be accumulated or carried forward to future months. The monthly cap will apply to all current and new users of the scheme.

2. A 50% reduction is available for families on a low income and enquiries can be made to your chosen provider. All families will be asked to sign a self-declaration form before a subsidised rate can be agreed. This will apply to all current and new users of the scheme.

The community buddy scheme is available to all young people in Hampshire. From 1 June 2017, the scheme is centrally co-ordinated by Parent Voice. To find a buddy or to find out more about accessing the scheme call 0300 303 8603.

If you experience any difficulties with the scheme, please get in touch with Richard Uren (Buddy Coordinator, Parent Voice) on 07500 334767 or

Activity Buddies

The Activity Buddy Scheme works to increase the participation of disabled children and young people within sport, recreation and leisure settings.

Activity Providers match disabled people with a volunteer who provides 1:1 support for the duration of the activity.

It does not cost anything to have a Buddy, you simply pay for the activity you are participating in, such as a football class or gym session. Activity buddies are available directly from the venue and will need to be pre-booked.

The scheme was piloted in Eastleigh in January 2009, and we are now sharing the success across Hampshire.

If you are an Activity Provider and would like to find out more about starting your own Activity Buddy Scheme please contact Daisy Brookman.

Search for "Activity+Buddies" to find an activity buddy near you.

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