Best Buddies

Hello All,

Families Matter Co-op is introducing a new program. The program is called Best Buddies.

The Best Buddies College/University Program pairs students in post-secondary institutions with adults from the community with intellectual disabilities. Families Matter Co-op will be paired with students from Carleton University.

To be involved in the college/university program, people with intellectual disabilities must be receiving services from a partner community agency.  In the case of Families Matter Co-op, the family needs to be a member in good standing.  A membership costs $40.00 per year and can be paid online here.

The program gives people with intellectual disabilities the chance to have experiences which most people take for granted – going for coffee, out to a movie, or simply enjoying the company of a good friend. To this end, Best Buddies establishes chapters at elementary schools, high schools, universities and colleges across the country. At each chapter students are matched with people with intellectual disabilities who share similar interests. The “Buddy Pairs” call each other weekly and get together approximately twice a month. Four times a year all the Buddy Pairs at a chapter hold a group activity. Each chapter is managed by a student volunteer, who is assisted by a person with an intellectual disability, a Buddy Advocate, where possible.

Buddy
A person with an intellectual disability who is a member of a Best Buddies chapter who is paired with a student in a one-to-one friendship. Buddies call their “Peer Buddies” on the telephone once per week, and see them every two weeks.

Peer Buddy
A university or college student who is a member of a Best Buddies chapter and paired up with an adult/student with an intellectual disability. Peer Buddies call their “Buddies” once per week, and go out for coffee, dinner, movies, walks, etc. every two weeks.

If you or a family member would like to know more about this program go to Best Buddy Canada website. If you or a family member would like to sign up for this program you can go to the website and follow these steps:

Go to Get Involved
Click on Become a Best Buddy
Click on Click here to be part of the program now
Fill out the application form
Type of School is College/University
School is Carleton University
Click on Buddy
When it says: How did you hear about Best Buddies fill in Families Matter and this will direct it to the proper office as there are two Agencies involved with Carleton.

If you have any further questions please feel free to call me at 613-240-5518.   If you decide to sign up, please contact me so that I can start looking for a great match.

We will be having a Meet and Greet for the buddies and peer buddies some time in November. When the plans for this event are finalized I will let you know.

Marlene Morrow
FMC Director

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