Friends at Home
Every week, pairs of volunteers visit participating children in their homes, offering friendship and sharing activities. While your child is happily learning and being entertained, you will enjoy a regular respite. With the help of an idea booklet for activities, as well as their own creativity, volunteers lead their friend in playing all sorts of fun games and activities around the house. These visits can be arranged to accommodate a wide variety of schedules.
The children are put through a basic cheerleading class including warm-ups, a basic tumbling lesson with hands on instruction, and a small choreographed routine! All this is alongside one of the cheer leading buddies, who are paired with each group member.
Your child will gain the confidence of being an essential and accepted member of a social group. This program was designed to create a true social home base for our special teens, at the age where a social group can be defining and a necessity. Teen volunteers and teens with special needs get together monthly for social activities and group “hang outs”, where they can have a great time while enhancing social skills along the way!
Young Adult Circle
Young adult volunteers and young adults with special needs come together monthly to form a social group of friends in a non- judgmental and accepting environment, while having a great time and enhancing their social skills along the way! The group has experienced an array of exciting activities, such as karaoke, unique art activities, and even baking with ingredients which they shopped for on their own.
Volunteer Meetings are opportunities for all volunteers to hear from professionals in the special needs field on a wide range of topics. The volunteers are encouraged to ask questions and engage in interactive discussion. Examples of topics are: How to Be a Friend to a Child with Special Needs, Reinforcing and Encouraging Your Friends, Self Awareness and Safety. We encourage all our volunteers to attend these fun and educational events.
Family Fun Days are outings with The Friendship Circle for your whole family. Come watch your child hang out with peers and socialize over some good old fun. Also a great opportunity to get together with other parents involved in the program and share friendship in more than one way.