Become a campus buddy
Campus buddies are volunteers who introduce new students with autism spectrum conditions or social phobia to university life. Find out how to apply.
As a campus buddy, you'll be paired with a student who has Asperger Syndrome or an autism spectrum condition (ASC) or who suffers from social anxiety/social phobia. You'll support them with the social aspects of being a new student at the University, including:
- showing them around campus, where specific facilities are and how to use them, like laundrettes or the Library
- helping them get involved in social situations, like the Freshers' Fair, clubs and societies
- showing them where the local supermarket is
You must be available for up to 5 hours during Freshers' Week, and for one hour per week for the rest of Semester 1.
Who can apply
You can volunteer if you are:
- an undergraduate who's been at the University for at least a year
- a postgraduate who studied here as an undergraduate
How to apply
Email email@example.com for a role description and application. Title the email "Campus Buddy".
We will hold informal interviews in March 2018.
You must attend two training sessions in April 2018. The Disability Service and the Bristol Autism Spectrum Service (BASS) will give you full training and supervise you throughout Semester 1.
We cannot guarantee that you will be paired with a student, but we hope that you will find the training interesting and helpful to you in your future career.