Activity Buddy Scheme

Where local volunteers work with individuals to encourage them to lead a more active and healthier life

Activity Buddy Scheme 2021 update

We are planning to relaunch the Borough's Activity Buddy Scheme spring/summer 2022. There will be a new Activity Buddy Coordinator in place to ensure this scheme is fighting fit to offer this great volunteering opportunity and community resource again.

What is the Activity Buddy Scheme?
The scheme is based at Places Leisure Eastleigh and sees local volunteers work on a one-to-one basis with individuals who have a disability to encourage and motivate them to achieve their goals, provide assistance and help them breakdown any barriers to participation in active, healthy and community living. These paired up buddies can take part in a variety of sport and activities on offer at Places Leisure Eastleigh, including use of the swimming pools and gym facilities.

How does the Activity Buddy Scheme operate?

Potential volunteers are required to attend an induction session which includes: disability awareness training, a tour of the leisure setting, and a Disclosure and Barring Service check. Volunteer activity buddies are to make a commitment to accompany and support a disabled person for an hour a week to enable them to participate in sport and physical activity. The Activity Buddy Coordinator matches volunteers with disabled users who have requested a buddy based on availability and activity preference.