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What is Buddies?

Buddies provides virtual, community, and school-based support to young people experiencing difficulties with their mental wellbeing. There is a 1:1 support for up to 12 weeks and peer support groups.

Who is it for?

For young people in Bradford district, age 11-19 or up to 25 with additional needs.


Buddies offer two types of services:

→ One to one Youth Work Buddy Support

The Youth Service Buddy project offers one-to-one support for young people who are struggling with their emotional wellbeing and mental health for up to 12 weeks. A youth worker will work with a young person to create an individual plan of support, with the aim of helping them identify tools and strategies to cope with issues and problems. These sessions take place in the local community, within school or by phone.  The youth worker will also connect young people with peer’s support groups within their own local community. 


→ Youth Work Peer Connect Groups

The youth service offers a range of peer support groups within each locality within the Bradford District.

These groups are run by qualified youth workers and aim to connect young people to peers and community based support.

We have general YWC groups that give young people a safe space, allow them to connect with peers and get involved in activities which promote emotional wellbeing.

The service also run more targeted groups that give young people extra support with a focus on specific areas.


How do people say about Buddies?

Young person –

With the help of the Buddy I became confident; I also became an achiever. I am doing an apprenticeship in a primary school, I was presented with a number of opportunities such as being a youth advisor, being in the youth voice and influence group and even participated in a BBC radio interview.

Parent –

My daughter’s life turned around. I got my daughter back. She grew confident, she began to focus at school and was rewarded by passing her GCSEs.

How to access Buddies?

To make a referral to Buddies please complete the referral form below:

Buddies Referral Form

To make an enquiry or for more information about our peer support groups and how to join one, please contact Bradford Youth Service  [email protected] 

Contact Youth Service

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