Friendship is at the heart of everything we do because we believe friendships are some of the most important relationships we’ll ever have.

It can be difficult to make friends. So our Buddy Scheme is there to help. Whether you’re looking for someone to share coffee, cake and a chat with or to see the latest blockbuster film with you, by matching up likeminded people and providing activities we want to help you get to know potential new friends.

The types of Sunnybank Buddies

It’s a rare treat to have something pop through your letterbox that isn’t a bill or flyer. Penfriends exchange regular letters, postcards, or drawings to cause a smile when the post comes. We also run a monthly Penfriend Corner at Kites Club to help people respond to their penfriends if they need some extra support.

121 Buddies:
Want a buddy to go to the cinema with? Or maybe you’re looking for someone to have a pint with down the pub. Then a 121 buddy is just what you’re looking for. We pair up people with similar interests so they can socialise, get to know each other better, and spend time doing what they love with someone else.  Buddies Club (see below) is also open to all 121 Buddies.

Home buddies:
Sometimes people living together also want to socialise together and would appreciate a mutual friend. Home buddies visit people living in residential care homes and spend time socialising as a group.  They might do jigsaw puzzles, listen to music, watch a movie, or just have a cuppa and a chat.  We also help homes to partner up with other homes so they can socialise together.

Buddies Club is open to all homes and Home Buddies as a place to meet. All of our friends are welcome to meet at Kites Club too.

Buddies Club
Each week we host a variety of activities for you to get involved in, with or without a Sunnybank Buddy.  Everyone is welcome to join in.

Current Buddy Clubs are:
Coffee and Cake Club – 10-11.30am every Tuesday at Costa Coffee, Odeon, Upper High Street, Epsom.
Come along for a cuppa and a chat. Remember your cash for coffee, and the cake is on us.

Book Club – 6-6.45pm every other Thursday at St. Barnabas Church, Temple Road, Epsom, KT17 8HA
An accessible book club using Books Beyond Words. Open to everyone, this book club is a fun way to fill in time between The Happy Kings and Queens Drama Group and Kites Club, or just something to come along to on its own.

If you have any ideas about possible activities for Buddies Club, let us know!

Check out our events page for full details of activities you can join.

If you volunteer as a Buddy you will:

  • Be supported by Lesley, our Buddy Scheme Manager
  • Be involved in an induction
  • Be invited to regular training session
  • Be getting out and about in your local community
  • Be having fun while making a difference!