The disability charity Scope has launched a brand new pilot project for disabled teenagers in West Norfolk, and is appealing for young people aged between 16-21 to volunteer and help make it a success.
The aim of the Teen Buddying Project is to make sure that disabled teenagers aged 13-18 have improved opportunities to socialise, learn new skills, make new friends and prepare for adulthood by linking them up with Volunteer Buddies.
The Buddies will be matched with a young disabled person based on their likes, dislikes, personalities and location. They will then help them try out things they like to do.
The project is free of charge to teenagers with a mild to moderate disability who are not already in receipt of short break services, and who live in West Norfolk or Breckland.
To find out more about accessing the project or to volunteer as a buddy contact: Jenny Madden 07436 794577, firstname.lastname@example.org; Sara Brown 07436 810622 email@example.com
Sara Brown, Community Organiser at Scope said:“The role of a volunteer buddy is to support a young disabled person who is perhaps at risk of becoming isolated to build up their confidence and skills by getting out and about a bit more.
“For example, the person they are supporting might not have the confidence to join a new group alone. But with a little bit of support, might feel more able to get involved.”
The Teen Buddying Project is being funded by Norfolk County Council Children with Disabilities Service to provide positive activities for young disabled people that cannot access specialist support services.
They will then mentor and support the disabled teenager to try out different activities and join local groups