Who we are:
We are a buddying service in South East London providing buddies for disabled people when they need them most. We aim to provide online, telephone and face-to-face community activities (when it is safe). The service will be piloted locally in 2021 with the hope of expanding across London and the South East.
What we do:
Buddies for All focus is on matching disabled people with volunteer buddies. This includes anyone who identifies themselves as having, or having had, a physical, mental, or sensory impairment or disability, with a volunteer buddy. We are all about creating long lasting buddying friendships between our buddies and their new friends. These newly established friendships will help improve the wellbeing of our newly established friends. We encourage our network of buddies and friends to be open, to support each other, have fun and build long lasting relationships.
Disabled people over 18 are able to access our service.
Offering online support through teleconferencing software such as Zoom or Microsoft teams as well as our own social media channels Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Offering telephone emotional and wellbeing support including using software such as text relay support for deaf and hard of hearing users.
Offering face-to-face community access support such as going to the park, attending concerts or other social activities, or helping with household tasks..
The community will benefit from online and telephone support reducing their potential loneliness, social isolation, anxiety, and depression, leading to an increase in their physical, sensory, and mental wellbeing. This will result in service users no longer feeling excluded or isolated in the community, feeling valued, being able to better contribute to society and reaching their full potential. Increased interaction with their buddies will lead to better physical, sensory, and mental wellbeing, giving disabled people the confidence to tackle the daily challenges they experience as a result of their impairments. This renewed confidence will also allow them to focus on living their best lives, as opposed to thinking about the additional challenges they face compared with their non-disabled peers.
The community will also benefit from Face-to-Face support by being able to access the local community such as going to the park, to the cinema, to a concert or on a day trip. This will again alleviate any anxiety or depression a service user might be experiencing. Additionally, this will improve the mental, sensory, and physical health of the service user. This could improve the wellbeing of someone with a physical disability as the buddy could offer support with the weekly shop or a household chore such as changing a lightbulb. This will allow the disabled person to overcome the daily challenges they face and give them the confidence to make new friends and reach their potential.
If the company makes any surplus it will be used for the continued investment and growth of Buddies for All as an organisation. The service will initially begin in one or two South London boroughs and then expanded further. Surpluses will be used to pay for promotional materials such as leaflets, flyers, and posters. They will also be used to cover staff and equipment such as travelling to and from meetings for new business or investing in laptops or website development. Investment in the maintenance and growth of online platforms and teleconferencing services particularly when new and innovative advancements come to market will be reviewed regularly. Additionally, as the organisation grows, it is hoped that Buddies for All will be able to invest in a text relay system for deaf users or those who have speech challenges. Finally, surpluses will be spent to cover the travel expenses of volunteer buddies as the face-to-face service develops.