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What's going on with the Buddy Scheme?

Buddies on the scheme having a cup of tea

The end of the year is almost upon us, and we’ve had so much fun. The Buddy Scheme has been so diverse this year, with everyone from first year students to those undertaking PhDs. We’ve also had an international membership community, with engagement from students ranging from Finland to South Korea. We hope that you have enjoyed it too!

Our events so far – and those coming up!

Events have included trips to the Sea Life Centre, to the Royal Botanic Gardens of Kew and on a walk around Central London from the City of Westminster to the City of London. It has been phenomenal. Moreover, we’ve had on campus events, such as free yoga on Fridays courtesy of the Active Buddies project in partnership with Active US.

We still have some Yoga events coming up and additionally, are offering buddies another opportunity to go to Warner Bros. Studios and experience Harry Potter in all of its glory. We have six tickets left for this, which equates to three pairs of buddies. Why don’t you take the ultimate study break with us? Book your space on this link!

We need your feedback!

The Buddy Scheme is constantly striving to improve for its student community. This is why we need your feedback. Yes, I know, another feedback form but ours do have some success. For example, we changed the Language Café using feedback from students who attend. Additionally, this term, we put on a second event to Kew Gardens and did more food related events because of our events feedback survey! If you’re a new student, fill out this. In contrast, if you’re one of our volunteers, fill out this. It is anonymous, so you can be as direct and savage as you like. Also, you can tell us just how much you love us! Maybe, you could say both. We’ll never know.

Closing soon, and opening again!

The Buddy Scheme closes applications each year. This is so that we can start afresh and ready for the new cohort when the time comes. However, we will be reopening applications on 24th April. If you wish to continue being a volunteer, or perhaps you want to switch to being a volunteer from your current sign up, then do apply. You will need to go through the application process again, and then you will be matched with someone in August or September at the earliest. Along the way, we will provide training and support to you as much as possible, with our Buddy Scheme volunteer conference coming up in the first week of term and also the opportunity to meet with staff members in person if you need to as a way of discussing your role! If you do want to meet with one of us, simply email buddyscheme@sussexstudent.com.

If you want to improve your volunteer experience, sign up to this!

The Buddy Scheme are teaming up with the Wellbeing department at the University to deliver a ‘Look After Your Mate’ session. This is an awesome workshop that helps you develop your skills when supporting your peers. It was created by the charity Student Minds and is certainly relevant to the work that we do. Interested in booking on? You can here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfP_4mhuW81O-8cZc7rzwINOW4Bg8NR1iq0n1N73j5YwQkHZg/viewform.



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