4 March 2012

The Friendship Circle is a not-for-profit organisation that offers tailor made programs for children and young adults and their families with special needs. Unfortunately for a child or young adult with a disability or special need, it can be very lonely.

The Friendship Circle aims to provide children and teenagers with special needs and their families with many of the social and recreational opportunities that are currently available to the general community. These experiences are essential building blocks for an individual to acquire confidence and self-esteem and to ultimately lead a productive adult lifestyle.

Some of the programs that the Friendship Circle creates include those that engage children with special needs with teenagers in the greater community. From this they can experience the joy of friendship, learn appropriate social skills, gain the confidence they need to make the most of their abilities and talents and become a part of the community. This also enables the teenagers helping them to realize the vital importance of including everyone in our community including those with disabilities and cultivate compassion, responsibility and maturity.

At the heart of all of the Friendship Circle’s programming is the belief that each and every individual can be a productive member of the community and benefit from the social support offered by one’s peers. Friendship, acceptance and a chance to participate in socially accepted bonding opportunities are critical to achieving this type of inclusive society.

The Friendship Circle envisions a world in which people with special needs and their families experience acceptance, inclusion and friendship as contributing members of society.

sgfleet recognises the great and important work that the Friendship Circle does and is happy to donate to their major fundraising day which includes the Friendship Walk in order for these community projects to continue.