Children’s Playlink, commissioned by South Gloucestershire Council’s Department for Children, Adults and Health, has run the buddy scheme for the last decade.
Funding is available to support children and young people to attend mainstream play and leisure activities in their local community, with the aim of providing new experiences, promoting friendships, encouraging independence and a sense of achievement, and improving self-confidence.
Training and support for the leaders of the group, whether paid employees or volunteers, is also available from the inclusive play advisor.
Feedback from parents
"Without this funding my child would have been excluded many times. He loves attending the club and it has improved his social skills."
"The buddy scheme has allowed our child to feel included… feel secure in the fact that they can have 10 minutes out with their buddy if necessary."
"The buddy reminds him how to behave and deflects problems."
If you'd like further information on any of our Playlink services, please contact Ash on:
We currently have children who need a buddy. If you're interested in becoming a buddy or have previously been a buddy, or would like more information, please contact Nicola on: