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Buddy Scheme

SU Buddy Scheme

Many of you may be finding University life daunting. Knowing where you can meet new people, exploring campus, and settling in can be challenging and overwhelming. The most important thing to remember is that you are not alone.

If you’re looking for someone to meet for a coffee, to try a new sporting or cultural activity with or just to have a chat with (in person or virtually), then sign up as a participant in the UPSU Buddy Scheme. Buddies are also available to support you through your first social or session within a club or society and can be accessed throughout the University year.

The Buddy Scheme is designed to be very informal – it’s just a chance to meet someone new, boost your wellbeing and combat loneliness through the support offered by a student just like you.

We have currently closed applications for a 1 to 1 buddy. However, we will be sharing some specific Buddy Scheme events throughout the rest of the year! These are designed to help students make some new friends at University, and explore more of the city. Keep your eyes peeled on the What's On page for more information!

If you need some more support and would still like to access a 1 to 1 buddy, please reach out directly to buddyscheme@su.plymouth.ac.uk.

signup to the buddy scheme

Volunteering as a buddy: Once you have signed up to the scheme, we will get in touch and arrange to meet with you. This helps us explain more about the role, and check that you're a good fit for the scheme. We can also answer any questions you may have! All volunteers need to complete the Look After Your Mate training, which ensures you're ready to support students. We also require volunteers to complete an online training module. This explains the role in more depth and should cover boundaries and how to be the best volunteer. Once these steps are complete, we will match you up with a student based on your interests!

Contact us

If you have any questions or just want to find out more, please get in touch with us

buddyscheme@su.plymouth.ac.uk