Volunteers needed for the Sussex Buddy Scheme

THE Sussex Buddy Scheme is hoping there may be people in Eastbourne hoping to make new friends and help out in their local community.

Or perhaps there are people who would like to do some voluntary work, but don’t have much time, or feel unqualified.

The Sussex Buddy Scheme aims to enable local disabled people to get out and about in the company of a volunteer buddy.

Local co-ordinator Lee Smith said, “This is a great opportunity for people to widen their circle of friends and do something really worthwhile and fun.

“Volunteers already involved in the scheme say they get a lot of satisfaction and enjoyment from their buddy partnership.

“Buddies decide together informally the sorts of things they would like to do. We try to match people who have common interests and enjoy doing the same things.

“We are particularly looking at the moment for members in East Sussex, as we have several disabled people waiting for a buddy in this area. Members must be over 18 but there is no upper age limit. They need to commit to a few hours a month and can choose times to suit themselves.”

If you feel you can help, or would just like to know more about the scheme, call Lee on 07920506364.

The scheme is run by SASBAH (Sussex Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus), and is open to adults with all disabilities.