Bradford Council Adults Services Health & Wellbeing Department have commissioned Age UK Bradford District and Mencap (not for profit organisations) to provide a Bradford District Buddy Scheme.
The scheme pairs buddies with an older person who share the same interests or hobbies, so they can go out and do these things together as friends enabling older people to form friendship groups based around shared interests, skills, hobbies.
Bradford Buddies is for people aged 50+ living in the Bradford District area, who are wanting to make connections through friendship groups and getting out into the local community. And it’s for people who may be lonely, isolated, lacking opportunities or confidence, but wanting to get out and do things with someone who shares their interests – a buddy!
If you would like to find out more about the scheme, please contact us on 01274 391190.
We will arrange to meet with you to talk through your interests and availability
We will provide training and organise a DBS check
We will pair you up with an older person and meet with you and them
There will be regular support for you, together with opportunities for social events.
Contact a Community Buddy Champion to discuss someone you feel may benefit from having a buddy or joining a friendship group.
People need to have expressed an interest in being referred and have consented to you passing on their contact details
We may start with establishing friendship groups whilst recruiting buddies to be paired with older people. If you know anyone who might be a good buddy, please let us know.