Volunteer Buddy project

Volunteer Buddies

Volunteer Buddies provide 1:1 support to people supported by Brandon Trust, to enable them to:

  • be more active in their local communities
  • develop their skills and interests
  • build their confidence, independence and social networks

They do this by meeting with someone with learning disabilities, for a minimum of 2-3 hours per week, for 6-12 months. They volunteer in their local area, at a time that suits them.

Volunteer Buddies receive full training, ongoing support and travel expenses. You do not need previous experience of working with people with learning disabilities.

If you'd like to become a Volunteer Buddy, just tell us what your interests, passions and skills are, and we’ll match you with someone who’s requested support in your area. Typical activities may include:

Volunteer Buddies

  • going to the cinema or a football match
  • going shopping
  • going to a local park or cafe
  • cooking or gardening at home
  • going bowling
  • going to a concert or the theatre
  • cycling
  • going to an arts & crafts club
  • or doing some home renovations or D.I.Y

Volunteer Buddy role profile (pdf)

Read Volunteer Buddy Jill's story (pdf)

Listen to this podcast in which Volunteer Buddy Chiara, talks about her experiences in the role.

You can choose to be a Buddy if you want to volunteer on a 1:1 basis with someone to enable them to do more activities and go to more places. If you’d prefer being with a small group of people, and want to bring people together to make change, you might prefer to be a Community Circles Facilitator

Volunteer Buddies in London

Volunteer Buddy enquiry form - London area (Word)

Volunteer Buddies in Cornwall, Devon, Plymouth and Torbay 

Volunteer Buddy enquiry form - Cornwall area (Word)


To find out more about becoming a volunteer buddy, please contact:


email icon david.rinaldi@brandontrust.org 

Cornwall, Devon, Plymouth and Torbay

email icon sarah.brewer@brandontrust.org