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Silver Buddies

ARC is looking for Silver participants to become Buddies!


The Buddy Scheme

ARC runs a regular programme of creative learning activity for older people aged 50+.  The current programme includes Tai Chi, Shapers, Singers and Ukulele; we are looking to expand this further with additions such as creative writing, arts, drama and dance.

ARC has identified that whilst some older people would like to join in with the Silver programme it can be a challenging prospect and as a result they choose not to participate.  Confidence, a new place, new people and the unknown have been named as some of the reasons causing anxiety which prevents people from joining an activity.

In response to this and to increase access to the programme ARC is establishing a ‘Buddy Scheme’ to support new participants to get involved.  The Buddy Scheme will pair up new participants with established participants to help newcomers through the first session and initial weeks.


Who are the Buddies?

ARC is looking for people to sign up and become a Buddy.  If you are an existing participant of our Silver programme and are happy to help new participants find their feet then please get in touch.  Buddies are not carers and do not need specialist skills, training or knowledge to be able to be a buddy – just an interest in helping new people.
What will a Buddy do?

A Buddy above all will be there to offer a friendly face, support and guidance.  Being a buddy will involve:

• Meeting and welcoming a new participant at the start of the session
• Answering any questions a new participant may have
• Sharing information and experiences that a buddy has gathered during their participation
• Supporting new participants to interact with fellow peers
• Showing a new participant around ARC


Benefits of being a Buddy

As a Buddy you will help:
• remove people’s anxieties about attending a session
• new participants to feel more supported before and during their attendance
• connect people socially to others
• introduce new people to the tutor where appropriate


How will it work?

• A potential participant enquires in advance at Box Office/over the phone/by email about an activity
• Box Office staff ask if they would like to link in with a ‘buddy’ on their first session
• Box Office staff contact a relevant buddy from the Scheme and confirm they are able to support a new participant at the required session
• On the day ARC will alert the new person to who the buddy is

How to become a Buddy?
If you would like to become a buddy please register your interest at Box Office ensuring that they have your contact details.