The project encourages social inclusion by recruiting and training volunteer peer mentors. The mentors are all young people aged between 13 and 25 who want to support young people with additional needs by befriending them and supporting them to take part in fun activities.
Activities include monthly social clubs in the north and south of Sefton for participants to meet young people of a similar age and develop their confidence.
Additional activities and trips take place during evenings, some weekends and school holidays.
Activities are chosen by the young people themselves based on their own interests.
|Workshops||Community & Charity||Outdoors||Leisure|
|Digital Media Workshops||Charity Fund Raisers
(bake sales & car washes)
|Drama Workshops||Community Events||Rock Climbing||Bowling and Laser Tag|
|Arts and Craft Workshops||Fun Fair||Meals|
The project works with Sefton schools, VCF sector youth providers and local colleges and universities to identify mentors who are trustworthy, capable and dedicated to volunteering within their community. We also support young people working towards their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
Volunteering as a mentor is also a progression route for young people who have received support from the project in the past and want to use the skills and experiences they have gained to support younger members of the group. These mentors are fantastic role models and a huge inspiration to others.
All mentors are recruited using safe recruitment practises and require a DBS check if they are 16 or above. They also access appropriate training to develop their skills and experiences.
Project Outcomes include:
|Reduce social isolation for young people with additional needs and disabilities||Preparation for a more independent adulthood|
|Inclusive and meaningful social opportunities||Opportunities to gain volunteer experiences|
|Increase confidence and
|Positive youth voice experiences|
|Short breaks for parent carers||A more inclusive community|
|Improved employability||Increased independence skills|
For information about being a mentor, please
If you have a learning disability and you are interested in taking part
Buddy Up Coordinator
Phone: 0151 920 0726 ext 222