Buddy System

The GUSA Buddy System aims to encourage people who may not be comfortable exercising themselves, to do so with the help of a buddy. Each buddy pairing will last for four weeks. If you are not a member of the university gym, throughout this four week period you are granted access to the University Sport facilities only when accompanied by your buddy.

Why is the GUSA gym buddy system in place?

The GUSA gym buddy system aims to aid those who are not already exercising for any reason. We pair each student up with a volunteer buddy with similar availability and interests for a four week period. We hope that during this four week period the student will become more comfortable partaking in exercise, and will hopefully have made a friend of their gym buddy.

Finding your Buddy:

We try to match our buddies as best as possible on areas such as your interests and availability. If you are a student looking for a volunteer buddy, applications for finding a volunteer buddy in Semester 1 will open in September 2018.

Becoming a volunteer Buddy:

Your volunteer role will involve taking part in social sport sessions alongside your buddy and arranging meeting times and venues, encouraging your buddy to be a confident independent university sport user along the way. In return, GUSA will provide you with training before you begin, constant support and overall an invaluable experience. If you are interested please contact gusa-welfare@glasgow.ac.uk.

Starfish Group

Starfish is a support group for anyone affected by disordered eating or exercise, whether personally or through a friend or family member. We have recently joined forces with GEDS (Glasgow Eating Disorder Support) in order to improve the care pathway in place for our users. GEDS run fortnightly meetings which will now be held on campus at Glasgow University once a month for our collaborative meeting.

Starfish 2018-2019 meeting dates will be confirmed soon; to keep up to date with what’s on at Starfish, please see the GUSA Starfish Facebook page. For more information on GEDS, visit the GEDS website.

For further, confidential information about Starfish, please contact GUSA-welfare@glasgow.ac.uk.