Volunteering for the
Buddy Scheme

The Process: what to expect

Step 1

Read the Buddy Scheme Volunteer Role Description - click here to download it

Step 2

Complete application form at www.kentunion.co.uk/welfare/buddy-current-students

Step 3 - Stay updated

Look out for emails and updates on the website

Step 4 - Receive an email notifying you of who you have been matched with.

You will receive an email notifying you of who you have been matched with. Matching will begin as soon as possible in preparation for the new term.

Step 5 - Contact your buddy/ies by email as soon as you can.

Contact your buddy/ies by email as soon as you can. Introduce yourself, exchange contact details/ Facebook/ phone (whatever you are comfortable with) and start getting to know each other before meeting up.

Step 6 - Arrange to meet up

We recommend you meet up in a public place on campus for the first meeting. If you have a group of new students, discuss with them whether they would like to meet first in a group or individually. Choose a location that suits everyone.

Step 7 - Prepare for your meeting

Put yourself in their situation, consider how they might be feeling – they may be having a bit of culture shock or homesickness. Think about:

Step 8 - Set expectations

Your buddies need to acknowledge that you are studying too and have other commitments. Make it clear when you are available and when you are not.

Step 9 - Attend events with your buddy/ies

Keep an eye on the website to find out what Buddy Scheme events are coming up and what is going on across the Union, Societies and the University.

Step 10

Continue to support your buddy for a minimum of an hour a week per buddy. This can be through meeting up, chatting online/phone, whatever suits you.

Step 11 - Keep in touch with the Buddy Scheme Team

We want to know how things are going, any problems, are there any ways in which we can help and support you, feedback and suggestions.

Get in touch @ buddy@kent.ac.uk

Opt Out

Changed your mind and no longer like to be a part of the Buddy Scheme? That’s not a problem, but please let the Buddy Scheme team know ASAP: buddy@kent.ac.uk