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Closing date for Services

The Christmas holidays are fast approaching. The following is a list of dates for the last session of services before the holidays. The Last date for Monday Night Youth Club is Monday 18th December 2017. The last date for Wednesday night youth club is Wednesday 13th December 2017. The last date for Sunday Club is Sunday 17th December 2017. The last date for After school is Tuesday 19th December 2017. The last date for outreach is Wednesday 20th December 2017 and the Nursery closes at 12pm on Wednesday 20th December 2017. All services will re-start on Thursday 4th January 2018. 

Are you seeking work?

We currently have openings for a role in our Main Services and Our Nursery. We are seeking support workers to work throughout our main services and a Child Development Officer (Maternity Cover - 1 year) to work in our Nursery. If you are interested in applying for either of these roles please get in touch with the office for more information.

Christmas Fete

We are holding our annual Christmas Fete on Sunday 3rd December 2017 between 1pm-3pm. All are welcome. Tickets are £3 (with free Hamper raffle entry) and children go free. There will be a prize raffle, tombola, games, cake stall, chocoloate fountain, face painting and even a visit from Santa. Hope to see you there!

Buddies Board - Change of Office Bearers

Buddies extend their most heartfelt thanks to Mrs Dorothy Barton who has chaired our Board of Trustees for the past multiple years. She has been with us since the organisation started in 1994 and dedicated her time and passion to helping us through thick and thin. We are eternally grateful to her for her service to us and even more so that she has consented to remain on the board as a trustee. Her advice and guidance will continue to be highly valued. We also would like to extend our gratitude to Mr Eric Coulter who has stepped down as treasurer. Again, his advice and guidance has been significant to us and thank him for it and also for consenting to continue to remain as a trustee. Thanks and well wishes are given to Mr Charles Paton and Miss Gillian Docherty who will be stepping in as Chair and Treasurer respectively. Best of luck to you both and we are greatly looking forward to working closely alongside you both.


We are looking to begin a project to raise funds to replace our changing bed. As you would imagine this is a very important piece of equipment that we use. If you would be willing to donate anything to us please use the link at the top of the page which will take you to our BT MyDonate page.


We held our Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 24th October. We were extremely encouraged at the turnout and thank everyone who is involved in our "little" family most sincerely because without you we wouldn't be able to do the good work we do. And most importantly for the children and young adults who are at the heart of the organisation.

October Holiday Club 2017

Our final Holiday Club for 2017 is now over. Despite the horrible weather we have been having all the children and young adults seemed to have a great time as always. We will send out applications for the Easter Holiday Club early in 2018. If you have any questions regarding this service please do get in touch.

Summer Holidays

We can't quite believe we are at our final week of our holiday club already. A great time seems to have been had by all and fingers crossed for better weather for the final week. Just a reminder that all services will fully restart on Tuesday 15th August 2017. We have already sent out applications for the October Holiday Club and the deadline for returns is Friday 8th September 2017. Please get in contact with the office if you haven't received a form.

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.

Care Inspectorate - Children's Services

We had our Care Inspectorate Inspection for our children's services 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!

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.

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/

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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