Course Description

The Building Better Buddies project aims to train volunteers to encourage and support older men to live more active and fulfilling lives. This is achieved using the concept of the ‘health and wellbeing buddy’ – somebody who can support, organise and promote activities to others.

The programme offers a unique volunteer training package, which you – as a volunteer – will be trained in. This will give you the skills, confidence, support and information to develop your buddy role.

Aims and Objectives

This is peer mentor training, supporting volunteers to:

  • have an understanding of the issues concerning physical activity, healthy eating and positive mental wellbeing for older men
  • have gained skills, knowledge, and expertise to work with older men and their physical and mental wellbeing
  • have gained an understanding and ability to work as a Buddy with older men on these issues.
  • help older people to be more physically active and overcome the barriers to participation
  • aims to establish an informal and social relationship with other older men, which is mutual, non-judgemental and committed, for the purpose of promoting better health
  • involves other older people in health promotion activities
  • helps other older men to move into or step up their activities for healthier living
  • points other older men in the right direction, helping them find appropriate information and to access services
  • is someone other older men can talk to and who’ll understand things from their point of view.

About Your Tutor

Trish Warren, Active in Later Life Manager and Qualified Trainer

Trish is a qualified Fitness Instructor, ASA swimming coach and accredited Trainer (Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector) and has worked for Age UK Devon since 2008. Trish has delivered many training courses throughout Devon, including workshops and presentations in a comprehensive range of subjects.

With a vast amount of experience in the delivery of training, Trish is able to provide interactive and engaging training to suit different learning styles.

Special Requirements

Please let Support Services know if there is anything that would affect your learning and if there is anything we can do to enable you to fully participate in our courses and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Call Support Services on 01392 248919 or email [email protected] 

Cancellation Policy

In the event that this course does not reach the minimum required number to proceed we will contact you and offer a credit against the next available course, the option to book an alternative course or a refund.

By proceeding with this booking you are agreeing to this cancellation policy.

Two Ways To Book


i) Complete the booking form and email it to [email protected] Download your booking form here 

ii) Book and pay for your course by selecting your ticket(s) below and following the online booking process.


i) Complete the booking form and email it to [email protected] Download the booking form here 

ii) Your order will be acknowledged and your place will be confirmed once payment has been received. 

For any enquiries regarding booking and payment please contact our Training Administrator on 01392 248919 

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