Buddy programme seeking volunteers

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Last week, members of the Presbyterian Support Otago “buddy” programme gathered in Balclutha for a celebration of the long service put in by some in their group.

Andrew and Jill McIntosh had been taking part for 10 years and Glenis Love had netted 15 years working with children to improve their confidence and social skills.

Buddy co-ordinator Heidi Marshall said the trio had an “outstanding” record with the programme.

“They’ve each had several different buddies during that time, and have done a great job. What’s really nice to see is that they [PSO buddies] often keep in contact with the kids and form real friendships.”

Mrs Marshall said the organisation asked for a minimum commitment of one year when joining up. It presented long-service awards five-yearly.

been going for 25 years, and the people signing up to take a child under their wing had had become more diverse.

“We have people in their early 20s right through to their 70s. They all just want to help these kids.”

Older buddies helped their younger buddies by taking them out to places, doing activities, and just spending time together.

“We want people to give up their time rather than their money.”

They particularly sought to recruit buddies in Clinton, Lawrence and Milton, where was a waiting list.

If you are interested, contact Heidi Marshall on 021 339-287 or buddyso@nullpsotago.org.nz