What does Inclusion mean?
Most people know what being included means, being able to join in or take part in doing things that everyone else does. We all need some help or encouragement to take part or join in at some point in our lives. Children and young people who have additional needs because of their circumstances or who have a Special Educational Need or a Disability (SEND) might need more support to help them be included.
There are a wide range of reasons why someone may need additional support but this short film explains about autism.
How you can get involved
Buddy schemes work by matching young people up with their own young volunteer (‘buddy’) and aims to enable young people to increase independence and confidence through travelling and getting out and about more in their community. And of course it’s about having fun and building a friendship!
Becoming a Buddy Scheme Volunteer (Richmond and Kingston Boroughs)
If you are interested in volunteering with children and young adults, Richmond AID have fantastic ‘Buddy’ Scheme opportunities.
You could become a Buddy to a young person with a disability (for volunteers aged 16+). Help them to find independence on public transport and in the community by travelling with them to activities in the local area.
Find out more about how to become a Buddy Scheme Volunteer
Getting a buddy for yourself
As long as you are 14-17 years old with an additional need and/or disability and you are a resident of the Kingston or Richmond Borough, you are eligible for the Richmond and Kingston BuddyUp Scheme.