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Do you want to take part in activities at Basingstoke Aquadrome but feel that you need some support, or do you want to be the friendly face that gives someone that support?  Then this is the opportunity you have been waiting for!

Our Activity Buddy project pairs someone who needs a little extra support with an Activity Buddy who wants  to take the time to make  someone’s life that bit easier.

Open to people with a wide range of conditions including, but not limited to, dementia, anxiety, reduced mobility, mental health and covid-related conditions our Buddying Scheme helps get you both active and improves your overall wellbeing.

Basingstoke Questions

When you come in, the person needing support pays reduced prices per session and there is no charge to the Activity Buddy.  As a thank you, Activity Buddies get free leisure centre time for every hour they are buddying.

Basingstoke Partner and Buddy questions

How do I join?

To sign up to the scheme, you will need to register on our Time On-Line 2 (TOL2) website and also become a member of the Aquadrome.  Both registration and The Aquadrome membership are free, but are required to receive the benefits. 

TOL2 Registration

You can register for TOL2 in advance, by using the link below, or you can register at the Aquadrome at the same time as getting your site membership.

Once registered you will be able to see people who are also on the scheme—both people needing support and potential buddies will be on TOL2.

If you are looking for someone to come in with, you will both need to agree to coming to the Aquadrome with each other, this is to help ensure you are comfortable with your activity partner.

If you already know the person you want to buddy with—perhaps they’re a friend or family member, you will also need to register with TOL2 but you won’t have to pair up on the site.

Aquadrome Membership

You will need to book in a visit to the Aquadrome to get your membership.  When you come in we will:

· sign you up to your membership

· register you with TOL2 if you have not already done this online

· have a chat about the scheme and answer any questions you have

· take a tour of the site

· have a short induction to the gym, so you can use it safely

This will take about an hour.  You can bring someone with you if you need.  If you already know each other, and intend to buddy up, you can even sign up at the same time—please allow additional time for this.

Basingstoke Aquadrome

Call on 01256 472343  or email to arrange your membership sign up.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does an Activity Buddy do?

An Activity Buddy is a person who provides support to the person who needs it within an activity setting. They remain with the person needing support throughout the activity, essentially in a friendship capacity.
Activity Buddies are not there to provide fitness training or personal care.

Am I eligible to have an Activity Buddy?

If you feel you need a little extra support to come in and take part in activities, then this is for you! We are welcoming a wide range of people including, but not limited to, dementia, anxiety, reduced mobility, mental health and covid-related conditions.

Am I eligible to be an Activity Buddy?

If you would like to give a little of your time up to come and be a friend to someone doing an activity at our site, we would love to hear from you!

Both my friend and I are both nervous about coming in, can we buddy each other?

Yes! Please note that when you come in, one person will need to pay and the other can come in as the buddy free of charge. If you want to take it in turns with who pays, you will need to arrange this between yourselves.

Are there any age restrictions?

All participants must be 16 or over.

When you come in you will have a gym induction, so please wear something comfortable and suitable footwear as we may show you how to use certain pieces of equipment.