With support from Comic Relief, we’ve launched a new sports and physical activity-based befriending programme called Team-Up & Take-Part. The project connects adults who may be lonely and keen to start exercising with a local volunteer befriender, who can share their love of sports and help them try new things.
Budding friendships can be formed over new activities and sports, or even just getting out for some fresh air. Sports can include anything from community walks, strength and balance classes, gym sessions, yoga, walking football and everything in-between. It can even be a passion for watching and supporting your local sports team.
The word ‘sports’ might bring back bitter memories of rainy PE sessions for some, but we are determined to change this! Whether it’s a walk in the park or running a marathon, Team-Up & Take-Part is truly open to all abilities and ages. By pairing adults who want to exercise with encouraging and supportive befrienders, the world of sport and activity can be opened up, and both can motivate each other to keep going as well as making new friends.
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.
Connect with a Befriender:
If you would like to find out more, please get in touch with us at 020 7232 5664 or email email@example.com
As a befriender, you’ll be paired 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 sport or physical activity, 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. There is flexibility within the project, 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 be made.
The application process:
To get involved you can fill out a quick application online: https://www.timeandtalents.org.uk/volunteering-application-form or simply call John Nightingale at 020 7232 5664 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
From here we will invite you in for a short induction, provide you with some core training, then match you with a befriendee.
Lastly, we’ll arrange an introduction session with the befriendee and befriender to officially start the befriending relationship.
What does “get active” mean?
“Get active” can be interpreted in any and every way possible! It can mean anything from community walks, strength and balance classes, circuit sessions, yoga, football and everything in-between. It can even just be a passion for spectating and supporting your local sports team. We are growing our list of contacts across Southwark with the hope that any sport no matter how niche will be catered for!