Report from Buddy Scheme summer trip to Brighton from Sarah and Angela

Seven buddy pairs, from the Buddy Scheme, a project of Kingston Voluntary Action, went by minibus for a day out in Brighton. 

The Buddy scheme is a befriending scheme in Kingston that matches volunteers with a "buddy" with a learning disability or on the Autistic Spectrum.  The "buddy pair" then meets on a regular basis to take part in leisure activities together, that they both enjoy.

The Buddy Scheme summer trip is a yearly event and this year had extra challenges due to the heat wave. It was a very hot day and Brighton was very crowded but everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

There was so much to do. After travelling down together, in a mini bus supplied from Richmond and Kingston Accessible Transport, all the buddy pairs went their own way to do what they wanted. Favourite activities were:

  • The beach and paddling in the sea
  • The Pier
  • The Pavilion Gardens and listening to a brass band
  • The carousel and “the best ice cream in Brighton”
  • The zip wire
  • Crazy golf
  • Fish and chip lunch together in Harry Ramsden’s

Everyone left Brighton at 4.00pm exhausted.

 Picture of two people on the beach