What's New?

Julie Cowan: Julie has been appointed manager of all services. Julie has been with us since 2004 when she first worked in the main services. Since then Julie has worked on floor in the Nursery and been Nursery Manager since 2009. Julie is delighted to be meeting many children and young people she has know for years and is really enjoying getting to know new families who use our main services. Congratulations are due to Julie and her team after a recent visit from the Care Inspectorate for our Outreach/care at home service. The service received 5 in all categories and we will insert a link to the report when it is published. Please contact Julie and her team for any information you might need about any of our services. 

Eco Committee Update

Our children, parents and staff have been making improvements to our garden area and have raised £980.00 through taking part in a sponsored litter pick which has helped us buy new resources for our graden. We have been collecting plastic bottles, which the parents have been involved with, and we have now built our very own greenhouse with these, The children took great pride in helping build this. We have also built our very own minibeast hotel which the children also assisted with. 

Summer Holiday dates

Our final dates for services are:

Nursery - Tuesday 27th June 2017 - closes at 12pm.

After School - Monday 26th June.

Monday Evening Youth Club - Monday 26th June.

Wednesday Evening Youth Club - Wednesday 21st June.

Outreach - Friday 30th June.

All services will restart fully on Tuesday 15th August 2017.

Nursery Graduation/Fun Day

Our Nursery graduating class of 2016/17 is having their graduation ceremony on Sunday 4th June. In  celebration of this we are having a fun day from 1pm-3pm. You are more than welcome to attend. Tickets are £3.00 and children go free. If you are able to donate anything to our raffle or tombola please do get in touch.

Care Inspectorate - Children's Services

We had our Care Inspectorate Inspection for our children's services a few weeks ago at which we achieved a grade 5. Congratulations to Julie and her team. This is a true testament to the passion and dedication of our staff. Well done!

Holiday Clubs

Our Easter Holiday Club was a great success. Everyone has a great time. Unfortunately we now have a waiting list for our Summer Holiday Club. We will be in touch over the next two weeks with all of those who applied for a place in the Summer.

Ladies Lunch - 23rd April 2017

Jane Hook and the lovely team at Fatbuzz have organised a Ladies' Lunch to be held in Club 29 on Sunday April 23rd 2017. If you would like to attend or make a raffle donation please do get in touch with the office for more information.

Parent/Child Workshop

Our nursery are holding an Easter Themed Parent/Child workshop on 27th March at 10am. This will be a fantastic opportunity for parents and children to take part in a lot of fun activities together.

Easter Holiday Club 2017

Our Easter Holiday Club will be running from 3rd April-13th April 2017. All other services will  not run during this period. Sunday Club will not run on Sunday 2nd April 2017. We have sent out all allocations to families and if you have not received yours please get in touch with the office. All normal services will resume on Tuesday 18th April 2017. We are looking forward to having everyone participate throughout the Easter Break!

St James' Place Foundation

We would like to extend our sincerest thanks to the St James' Place Foundation for their most generous donation of £2500.00. It is very much appreciated and will be a huge help.

Donation - YogaJo's

Our sincerest thanks to Joanne Lockhart and her team at YogaJos studios for their most kind donation of £376.00 raised at a raffle event at her studios on the 21st of January. It is most helpful and we are very grateful for all the help YogaJos have been over the years. Please pay their website a visit to find out more about them. http://www.yogajos.co.uk/

Nursery - 0-2 Room

We currently have places available in our 0-2 room. If you would like your child to come and take part in the fun at our nursery then please get in touch with Julie, our manager on 01414340201 or feel free to pop in!

February weekend break!

The February Holiday break is from the Friday 10th- Monday 14th February 2017. Wednesday 15th February is also an in-service day. The nursery will be closed on all these dates and there will be no after-school, youth clubs or Sunday club within these dates. All of these services will re-open fully on Thursday 16th February. If you would like to see the dates for holidays up until the end of Summer 2017 then please visit the Events Calendar page in the News & Events link above!


Are you interested in making a positive difference to the lives of children and young people with multiple support needs? Are you interested in taking part in sessions going to swimming pools, trampoline parks, soft play areas, theme parks and having fun? We are looking for people to work in our services during the Summer, Easter and October holidays? If you would like to find out more information and obtain an application pack then please get in touch with the office.

Happy New Year!

Our warmest wishes and regards to everyone for 2017. Everyone at Buddies hopes it will be an excellent new year for all and thank you all for your wonderful support.

Ashurst - Thank you very much

Many thanks to Ashurst for kindly providing the gifts for our children and young adults before Christmas. It is most appreciated and everyone had a great time at the parties and were ecstatic with their gifts. Ashurst also held a Christmas Fun Day on the 22nd of December at which they rasied £715.00. Amazing!

The Christina Mary Hendrie Trust

Our sincerest thanks must go to The Christina Mary Hendrie Trust for their very kind donation of £7000.00. It will make such a huge difference and impact to our work with our children and is most gratefully received. Thank you.

Evening Times Community Champion Award - December 2016 

Update!!! Another huge congratulations to Jane Hook. On Thursday 1st December Jane won the Evening Times Community Champion Award in the Individual Category for all of Glasgow. Congratulations to all the other finalists and a memorable evening had by all.

Ashurst - Charity of the Year!

Our sincerest thanks go out to the most kind people at the Glasgow office of Ashurst who have selected Buddies to be their Charity of the Year. We are most grateful for all the help they have provided already and we are very delighted to have been selected for this. Particular thanks go out to Gillian Docherty, our newest board member, for her help and work with us on this. Thank you all!

Evening Times Community Champion Award - 2016 

Everyone at Buddies would like to congratulate our Chief Executive and Founder for winning the Community Champion award for North West Glasgow in the Individual Category. Jane attended the awards ceremony on the 5th October where she received the award. Jane has been the heart and soul of Buddies and everyone here are delighted that she is being recognised for her contribution to the children and young adults of our city. We would also like to congratulate all the other finalists and thank the Evening Times and all the supporters of the events. Well done Jane!

Nursery - Care Inspectorate Report 2016

A huge congratulations to Julie and her team. The nursery received grade 5's in their most recent Care Inspectorate Report and no recommendations. This is a wonderful achievement and well done to all involved.

BT MyDonate 

If you would like to make a donation online then please visit our BT MyDonate page. 


We are currently raising funds for a new Variety Coach and are making plans to possibly install a new air conditioning/heating unit in one of our nursery rooms. Any and all donations are gratefully received and don't forget to tick Gift Aid.

Fundraising update:

We have been busy fundraising to replace our much loved variety coach Daisy. Daisy has been with us since 2005 and is now beginning to have significant time out of service for repairs. We need to raise a minimum of £17,000 before we can start the processes for a new coach. We had managed to raise about £1,000.00 via parental fundraising when we received wonderful news from The True Colours Trust who have granted us £5,000 00 to help our fund. We are deeply grateful to them and the many others who are supporting this vital fund. 

New Support Group Planned:

We have decided that is time to get to know not just the families who use our services at present but the new families who are constantly in touch looking for help and support with lots of different areas of their lives.It is hope that this new group will have its first meeting in May of this year. More information will follow.   


Children's Services

Children's Services

We have a range of services for children and young people affected by disability inc. Autism Spectrum Disorder. These services are for age 5 – 19.

Adult Services


We offer a range of services for young adults from age 19 – 35 years. Some are detailed here and we are always open to new ideas and suggestions.



Buddies Club Nursery provides child care and education for children Aged 0–5 years.

NEWAdventure Breaks

Here are some of our happy teams on their Adventure Breaks - more details in Our Adventure Breaks Section

The Team welcome you to Buddies...





  • Buddies was established almost 20 years ago to provide community based play/ leisure, social and recreational opportunities for a range of children, young people and adults with disabilities and additional needs. 


  • We strive to develop independence, choice, and the opportunity to be valued as individuals allowing our child ren, young people and adults and their families to lead as normal lives as possible.


  • We have developed in recent years and now help around 200 families.  


  • We have a high quality mainstream nursery on site. 


  • Keep checking our website for news of new sports, arts and lifestyle skills programmes. We're continuing to evolve constantly and still provide high quality services.                                

 Jane Hook M.B.E  M.A.
Founder and Company Secretary.

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Events Calendar

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                     Just wanted to let you know how much we appreciate the Adventure Breaks that Buddies now run. Melissa loved her last one and is already looking forward to the next.
Sandra Paton

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