Buddy Up is an initiative funded by Suffolk County Council which aims to address the problems caused by Covid related isolation in our communities, including reducing the spread of infection. The project harnesses the skills and local knowledge of grassroots community groups, ensuring that Buddy Up is sustainable within the communities it serves.
Suffolk County Council COMF and East Suffolk Partenrship funded, Buddy Up offers volunteering opportunities throughout Suffolk. The project supports grass-roots community groups to recruit and train Buddy Up volunteers. All those involved will have access to CAS accredited volunteer training.
Buddies will work alongside the isolated in their community to identify small changes they can make to improve their lives. This might be helping them to join a local group relating to their hobby or maybe supporting them to attend a social activity or educational course. This is intended to be low level intervention using resources already available in local communities – the key being that the isolated are often unable to access these without 1:1 support.
The local, grassroots aspect of Buddy Up will ensure its longevity as local groups take ownership of Buddy Up within their own community.
We would be delighted to hear from community groups who would like include a Buddy Up volunteer. We have a range of resources to support you as well as a Buddy Up support network.
We would also like to hear from individuals interested in becoming a Buddy Up volunteer or would like a buddy themselves.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 01473 345400