How does it work?
To take part in the Best Buddies Program, volunteers with and without intellectual disabilities agree to be paired with each other for one school year. The pairs are then responsible for contacting each other once a week by telephone, e-mail, letter or note; meeting each other twice a month for a one-to-one activity; and participating in group activities during the school year.
Each volunteer is responsible for covering their own costs for one-to-one activities. It is not the responsibility of one volunteer to pay for another. Each volunteer is also responsible for arranging their own transportation to one-to-one activities.
How are the volunteers screened?
Safety is a very high priority at Best Buddies Canada. Volunteers with and without intellectual disabilities are carefully screened using a variety of methods, including an application form, one reference check, a criminal records check, an information session, and on going monitoring by Best Buddies staff.
Who benefits from the program?
We all do! The friendships formed through the Best Buddies Program add a new dimension to the lives of all people involved. A Best Buddies friendship also helps to build acceptance amongst the volunteers and in the community.
How does my son/daughter join Best Buddies?
It’s simple! Just help your child complete the application. Once the application is received, we will work to match your child with an age appropriate buddy.
What is my role as a guardian?
As a guardian, your role is to support the friendship and to help foster a positive relationship between the two volunteers. This may mean answering questions about your son/daughter/ward or helping with transportation to activities and to one-to-one outings. Please do not hesitate in contacting the Host Site Coordinator/Special Education Advisor or the Head Office with any questions or concerns you may have.
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