Bolster Buddies

Day Opportunities for young adults with additional needs                                      

Our Bolster Buddy service is aimed at helping people with learning disabilities or support needs to reconnect with their local communities as lockdown lifts. The service is aimed at promoting independence, building community connections and improving life skills.

Service users will be paired with a Bolster Buddy, an experienced Support Worker, who will assist with planning activities and goal setting. The service user & parent/ carer will agree a plan of what support is needed. Bolster Buddies is a purchased service, which may be eligible for Self-Directed Support from the SHSCT. If you have a social worker, you can check if you meet the criteria for SDS. Bolster Buddies will have the freedom to choose how their support will be provided, however provision of support will be subject to the availability of an appropriately skilled Support Worker.


  • The service’s hourly rate is based on a requirement for a single support person as follows:
  • £12.90 per person
  • Any travel for activities required by the Support Worker for transport using their own vehicle during the service is charged at 45p per mile. The start and finish point for calculation is Bolster Office BT35 6UA. Any mileage caps/distance limits required by the bill payer must be advised before the service commences.
  • Any other costs during the service that may be incurred e.g. entrance fees, activity costs etc. are paid by the individual for both themselves and a portion for the support worker according to the size of the group in a group setting.

For more information contact jena@bolstercommunity.org to discuss.

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