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Buddy Programme

Are you a parent working at UCD? Why not become a buddy and support employees who are expectant parents or parents who have recently returned to work at UCD.

What is the Buddy programme?

The Buddy programme connects employees going on and/or returning from maternity, adoption, paternity leave, parental leave with employees who are parents in UCD.

The Buddy programme is an informal arrangement connecting you with employees who are parents and have first-hand experience, advice and tips on preparing for parenthood and balancing parenting with your career.

What will my role be as a Buddy?

You can support colleagues in the following ways:

  • Share your experience and useful tips
  • Connect employees with other supports and resources

The role of a Buddy is to be a confidential informal support for the employee. This support could take the form of meeting for a coffee, an email or a call. Employees may have questions for Buddies about preparing to go on leave, transitioning back into the workplace, being a new parent and balancing workload, childcare arrangements, etc.

Time Commitment

You are available to be a Buddy for a year or for as long as both employees and Buddy consent to continuing the relationship. A lunchtime briefing will be organised for buddies in advance of launching the programme.

How do I become a Buddy?

Please fill out the expression of interest form and email it to edi@ucd.ie by Wednesday 10th October.