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.