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TCT launches new Buddying Project with The Eveson Charitable Trust

Thanks to generous funding from The Eveson Charitable Trust, we're delighted to be starting to recruit our first Places of Welcome Buddies in Walsall!

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Thanks to generous funding from The Eveson Charitable Trust, we're delighted to be starting to recruit our first Places of Welcome Buddies in Walsall!

Do you like helping others get the best out of life? Are you somebody who loves to get to know people and wants to make a difference in their community?

Making friends and feeling part of the community can make a big difference to how people feel about themselves, contributing to both improved health and wellbeing.

Some of us however lack confidence, are shy about meeting new people or are unaware of what support is on offer locally. This is especially true as we start to emerge from the national lockdown but it’ where you can help!

Places of Welcome Buddies is a new part of Transforming Communities Together’s (TCT’s) work to support people and communities to thrive and flourish. This Buddying project will assist community members living within Walsall Borough initially, by offering them a ‘friendly ear’, guidance and practical help, so they can experience and enjoy the social and recreational activities available locally through the Places of Welcome network.

There are 20 Places of Welcome across the Walsall borough which provide a safe and welcoming environment for all members of the community, especially people who want to make new friends, find out what is happening locally or get some help and advice. This could be new mums or dads, people who have recently moved to the area or older people who want to stay in touch with their neighbourhood.

Buddies will help community members to attend Places of Welcome, providing company and bringing confidence to try out new things.

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The Role

You can make a big difference by travelling with them to attend a local Place of Welcome, helping them to connect and participate in the group and support them by signposting them to any appropriate services.

About you

A friendly, non-judgemental outlook is vital. You will need good communication and

listening skills with the ability to offer empathy, support, encouragement, and patience.

A knowledge of confidentiality and equal opportunities would be useful, although full training and on-going support will be given to every Place of Welcome Buddy by TCT’s Buddying Project Manager.

A DBS check is required for all volunteers, which will be paid for by Transforming Communities Together.

This project has been made possible by generous funding by The Eveson Charitable Trust

If you are interested in this rewarding, volunteering opportunity, please contact Carrie Blount, Places of Welcome Facilitator, Black Country on 07377 918101 or email

We hope to be able to role our buddying project out to other Black Country areas in time, so please let us know if you want more information on this.

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