Freddie started cubs at the beginning of this term. We wanted an activity where he could socialise with his school friends out of school and the leader of the local cubs pack was very keen to take him on.
North Somerset council (where we live) run a buddy scheme as part of their respite service, and Freddie has a buddy who is paid to help him access out of school activities. The buddies are mainly 6th formers from the local secondary school and as well as helping children on a one to one basis, they also help run holiday play schemes. Freddie can use his buddy for up to four hours in the term and six hours in the holidays. It's an ideal way to support him at Cubs as his buddy isn't that much older than him so it allows him to fit in better than he could with an older adult tagging along.
Freddie has thoroughly enjoyed cubs since he started and is always very keen to get his uniform on and go off to pick up his buddy.
Because he already knows most of the children from school he's not treated any differently and they are all totally at ease with him and casually accept him as just one of their classmates. Freddie's buddy helps him join in with the games and simplifies the rules if necessary.