Our Buddy Project buddies do some really fantastic work and we couldn't be more proud of them. One of our recent volunteers who has now gone onto paid employment within mental health gave us an insight into their experiences working with the Buddy Project.
"My experience as a buddy for the Buddy Project has been extremely rewarding and life changing. Throughout my role as a buddy volunteer I have gained invaluable hands on skills, knowledge and experience with clients on a 1 to 1 basis.
I now have invaluable skills and knowledge within the mental health field which is something I was really keen to get to gain. I have also had the opportunity to complete a number of training courses and also gained a nationally recognised level 2 qualification all of which as a volunteer was available to me free of charge.
I've also had experience with the brilliant manager of the Buddy Project Kelly Smith shadowing her and seeing exactly what goes on behind the scenes to make all of this amazing work happen which was very interesting and just another opportunity which the Buddy Project had to offer! I would highly reccomend being a buddy volunteer to anyone who is interested in the mental health field and helping others as this has been an extremely rewarding experience helping clients to become more at ease within society and helped me to achieve my goal of working in a paid role within mental health."