The Buddy Scheme is an invaluable mentoring/befriending service for individuals in Wiltshire who are no longer in an abusive relationship, but who are still suffering the ongoing effects of the trauma.
These effects vary from person to person but can include: anxiety; isolation; family stresses – single parenting/co-parenting and child contact; low mood; low self-esteem; feeling overwhelmed with the stress of creating a fresh start.
Our volunteer mentor/befrienders (with excellent training and supervision) provide one-to-one support, once a week, for a period of around 6 months. Visiting service users in their home or a local café our volunteers provide a listening ear, emotional support and encouragement and aim to support people to exercise choice and control over their own lives and reach their fullest potential and independence.
"If they know you've been there too, they know
you understand what they're going through.
Not just sympathy but empathy."
" I think it makes a difference that
we are not paid to be sitting there, they
know we're there because we want to help them"
If you are interested in receiving support this scheme might be for you if:
- You live in Wiltshire
- You have experienced domestic abuse or sexual violence
- You are no longer in an abusive relationship
If you are interested in volunteering please see our volunteering page Volunteer opportunities
You can listen to Amy's story by clicking on the link Amy's Story
If you want to volunteer on the Buddy Scheme, click here to get an application form
We are accredited by The NCVO's Investing in Volunteers