Founded by Anthony Kennedy Shriver (son of Eunice Kennedy), Best Buddies has grown from one chapter on one college campus in America to a vibrant, international movement involving more than 700,000 participants and over 50 countries worldwide, including Northern Ireland.
The objective of the program is to match people with learning disabilities with their non-disabled peers. The pair, when matched undertake to make contact with each other once a week by phone, email, social media etc. They must also meet up twice a month for an activity they both enjoy. This activity could be anything from the cinema, shopping, sports (playing or watching), community groups to coffee etc. It can be anything so long as it’s decided and agreed between both parties.
What does Best Buddies offer?
Increased social activities
Promotes disability equality/awareness
Best Buddies currently operates in a number of schools and communities throughout the North Coast of Northern Ireland. We offer Schools & Youth, Citizens and Ambassadors programmes.