CFT Buddies

Our CFT Buddies scheme is a free companion service for audience members who need a little extra support on their visit to the theatre, particularly:

  • Elderly and socially isolated patrons
  • Anyone with learning difficulties or who are on the autistic spectrum
  • Those with physical, eyesight and hearing difficulties

Our CFT Buddies are a team of volunteers who come from a range of backgrounds including: chaperoning young people or working with local community projects. All share a love for the theatre and are passionate about sharing it with new people.

On the day of the performance, your CFT Buddy will:

  • Meet you at the entrance to the theatre
  • Help with collecting your tickets
  • Guide you to your seats and sit with you throughout the performance
  • Help buy refreshments and locate the toilets in the interval
  • Stay with you until you have been collected or are safely on your way home after the performance
  • Generally make sure that you are comfortable throughout your visit
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My buddy Sue was simply brilliant. She made the whole afternoon an enjoyable and relaxing experience. Thank you all so much for providing this service.

Comment from a Buddy Scheme participant

For more information about the scheme please read the Guidelines to the CFT Buddies Scheme.

If you would like to register interest for a CFT Buddy, please complete an application form and email it to access@cft.org.uk.

Word version of CFT Buddies application form

PDF version of CFT Buddies application form  

For more information about the scheme, please email access@cft.org.uk or call the Box Office on 01243 781312.


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