Welcome Buddies

Welcome Buddies helps people join in with activities and groups to help them become part of their community and improve their well-being as part of their recovery from mental ill-health

Run by Voluntary Action South West Surrey Welcome Buddies is part of the Welcome Project.  The scheme aims to help people with mental ill-health move on with their lives by supporting them to join in with main stream activities.

People who would benefit are those who have either become isolated because they lack the confidence to start a new activity on their own or those who would like to move on from activities provided for people with mental ill-health and join groups, clubs, activities that are for everyone but who need support to get started.

Welcome Buddies helps identify activities that the person would like to try out – they are then matched with a volunteer buddy who will accompany them and support them until they are ready to go it alone.

Volunteers all receive training for the role and are DBS checked.

For further details or to make a referral contact please contact;

David Rose (Interim Welcome Buddies Co-ordinator)  via mobile on 07825 417204.

Alternatively you can email: d.rose@vasws.org.uk