What is the SU Buddy Scheme?
Coming to University can be quite daunting; whether it is the first time that a student has lived away from home, or whether they have moved to an entirely new country! We understand that it can sometimes be difficult to strike up new friendships and settle in, and sometimes it can help to speak to someone who has done it all before… that is why we have set up the SU Buddy Scheme.
The Buddy Scheme is coordinated by Hertfordshire Students’ Union Advice and Support Centre and facilitates informal peer-to-peer support; matching up new students with continuing students (Buddy Volunteers) who can share their hints and tips for settling in to life at University.
Buddies are matched according to their preferences, such as interests or School; and the Buddies can agree between themselves how often they would like to meet and where. Buddies are also encouraged to get involved with the on-campus opportunities, such as Active Students activities and Students’ Union events.
What is expected of Buddy Volunteers?
· Welcome your Buddy to the University of Hertfordshire.
· Offer support and maintain regular contact.
· Help your Buddy to find activities that they may be interested in, such as sports or Students’ Union societies – even better, try the activities with them!
· Signpost any services that your Buddy may require, and ask the Students’ Union Advice and Support team if you’re not sure.
How will Buddy Volunteers benefit from the SU Buddy Scheme?
· It’s a great way to meet new people and potentially make new friends.
· You can make a difference and improve the University experience for your Buddy.
· You can find out more about the amazing support services which are available on-campus.
· You can get some excellent experience to put on your CV.
· It’s a great opportunity to improve your communication, interpersonal and organizational skills.
· The hours you spend volunteering for the scheme can count towards the Go Herts Award. For more information read the later section of this handbook or speak to a member of the Advice & Support team.
· It’s a great excuse to try out loads of new activities and go to events, just like you’re a first year all over again!
How do I become a Buddy Volunteer?
1. Have you been studying at UH for at least one academic year? If so, complete the online application form; it won't take long!
2. Your application will be reviewed by the Advice and Support team and you will either be invited in to the Students’ Union office for an informal chat or a time arranged for a chat on the telephone.
3. You will receive an e-mail notification regarding whether your application has been successful and provided with details for Buddy Volunteer training.
4. Once you have attended the training, you will be matched with a new student and you are expected to make the first contact.
If you have any further questions, do not hesitate to contact the Advice & Support Team; visit our office during our opening hours (10:00-16:00, Mon to Fri), call us (01707 285022) or e-mail us (email@example.com).