THE MIRROR: 'Innovative friendship scheme could give older people a new lease of life'
Release date: 28/3/2022
'Innovative friendship scheme could give older people a new lease of life'
Most of us would benefit from having a ‘buddy’ to help us achieve something we’d find hard to do on our own. Twenty years ago I did a charity cycle challenge through Jordan, Egypt and Israel. If I hadn’t had a wonderful buddy with me I’d still be there in the Sinai desert!
So could a buddy scheme improve mobility in older adults?
A successful small-scale trial carried out previously in Bristol has led Birmingham University and the Universities of Manchester, Cardiff Metropolitan, Cardiff, Exeter, the Royal Voluntary Service and Sport Cardiff to collaborate on such a buddy project.