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Buddy Scheme

Our Buddy Scheme is part of the hospice care that we provide. It gives the young people supported by Chestnut Tree House the opportunity to enjoy activities with a Buddy.


What does the Buddy Scheme do?

This gives each young person the opportunity to get involved with a Buddy – a volunteer around their own age, with whom they can enjoy different activities, either within our monthly youth groups and community visits, or as part of our activity days that run during the school holidays. (Volunteers from West Sussex attend the youth groups at Chestnut Tree House, near Arundel. Youth groups will be arranged in East Sussex for patients and volunteers in that area.)

What’s in it for you?

We will provide you with induction training which will include an introduction to the hospice, health and safety awareness and relevant on the job training.

There are various intakes throughout the year, so please get in touch to find out when we are next recruiting.

Your Skills

  • Be reliable, flexible, adaptable, willing to travel and a good timekeeper
  • Have a supportive nature with a sense of fun and good sense of humour
  • Have an insight into children with disabilities and the needs of their families, a commitment to Young People and the ability to communicate effectively with them, providing a warm and friendly approach
  • Have the ability to be non-judgmental and accept people as individuals and respect their differences and the ability to maintain an attitude of tolerance and acceptance to Young People whose values and behavior may be different from your own
  • Be willing to gain knowledge and experience to meet the needs of the disabled Young Person

Mandatory Requirements

  • Buddies must be 15+ years old for West Sussex and 18+ years old for East Sussex and the maximum age in both areas is 30.
  • Have been approved by the DBS system (unless under 16 years old)
  • Understand the importance of confidentiality
  • Have resolved any personal grief

All Buddies are supported by our Buddy Co-ordinator.

If you would like to know more about the Buddy Scheme, or about becoming one of our Buddy volunteers, please email trisha.cullingford@chestnut-tree-house.org.uk

Youth Group

Saturday Youth Groups takes place at 10:30-16:00, once a month. There are also activity days during school holidays.

To find out more about our Youth Group click here.