In response to the recent lockdown that has caused so many of Southwark’s residents to feel less connected to the community and caused us all to be less active, T&T is relaunching our “Get Active Befriending” project, Team-Up & Take-Part. The project connects people with a local befriender to provide some companionship around the shared goal of getting active by meeting for an hour or so each week to try a new activity or sport.
For many, joining a team, group or getting back outside for the first time can be a very daunting task. Not knowing what to do, where to go or having anyone to come with puts so many people off. But this is where our volunteers are here to help! Within the befriending pair, the volunteer provides an hour of 1-to-1 support each week for 6-months as they both embark on the journey of trying a new activity together, providing motivation and support but most importantly companionship. The options are truly open and could be anything from a walk in the park, frisbee, dance classes, yoga or even a marathon.
The word ‘sports’ might bring back bitter memories of rainy PE sessions for some, but we are determined to change this! Getting outside and active has so many benefits for your mental and physical wellbeing, so we want to share these benefits with everyone! This is why Team-Up & Take-Part is truly open to all abilities and ages.
If you’re interested in joining the programme or becoming a volunteer Team-Up befriender, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call T&T on 020 7231 7845.
Join the program!
If you would like to join to program or refer someone to get support from a volunteer, please get in touch with us on 020 7231 7845 or email email@example.com.
We’ll be in touch to have an introductory talk to learn more about you and your potential interests within the project.
Join as a volunteer!
As a volunteer befriender, you’ll be matched with a befriendee’ based on shared interests of sports, goals and personalities. Within this new buddy relationship, you will start an adventure of introducing a new activity or sport with your befriendee. Your role is to calm the initial nerves about joining a new activity or sport and to motivate each other throughout the relationship.
Most volunteers meet with their befriendee once a week to take part in some form of physical activity or attend a team session or class together. The project is flexible, in that it can be adjusted to suit you in terms of times, dates and activity type and availability. Although, we do ask volunteers to commit to a minimum of 6 months to allow to progress to occur. If you are interested, apply online through our application form – and be sure to mention Team-Up & Take-Part in your application.
We’ll be back in touch to have introduction chat to learn more about your interests and motivations to assist with finding a good match. Then we’ll invite you to a training session to ensure you are well prepared to start volunteering.
Delivering Team-Up & Take-Part Post-COVID:
We are committed to delivering TUTP is a safe and sustainable way as we emerge from the lockdown into the Post-COVID recovery phase.
- We will follow the government regulations to determine to ensure the safety of both our volunteer and service user and where feasible maintain the social distancing guidelines.
- We want “Get active” to be interpreted in any and every way possible, from community walks, strength and balance classes, circuit sessions, yoga, football and everything in-between. However we appreciate that the range of possible activities is reduced, but there is still a range of outdoor activities are still allowed by government guidelines.
- Where possible we advise PPE to be worn, for example, during introduction meetings and on a walk. However, we appreciate that this isn’t always viable, for example, when participating in the sport. PPE can be provided if needed.
- We advise people not to use public transport when travelling to and from the meetings where possible. To help with this, we aim to match users and volunteers within a relatively close distance of each other.