Over 400,000 people in Australia have an intellectual disability
People with disabilities have so much to contribute but are too often defined by what they can’t do. That leaves them lonely, isolated, and lacking opportunity. When we bring people with and without disabilities together, everyone’s lives are deeply enriched as we learn and grow from each other.
|"I didn’t get a chance to see you to say THANK YOU!!!!!!! With my whole heart for telling me about the Getaway, and giving Sam the opportunity to feel independence and have so much fun. He spoke the whole way home about all the things he did and he is so proud of himself. It was the first time in six years we had a weekend to ourselves and I appreciated the time to rest very much! Thank you”
|“What we love about Friendship Circle is that it is genuine, heartfelt and makes everyone feel so included. This is especially important for kids who normally feel left out in day-to-day life. For those who struggle to make friends, this becomes so much easier at Friendship Circle. Best of all, there are so many fun activities – everyone loves it and can’t wait to go back. Yours is a very special programme and we are so thankful that you helped Will become part of it.”
|"The impact of friendship circle cannot be quantified in a number or sum. The pandemic changed the world and particularly for those young people with disabilities, the world of COVID brought about more than the usual challenges. Every day for almost 12 months Friendship circle offered virtual companionship to Jeremy. Our home is still adorn with the artwork he did with many of the young volunteers during the lockdown. Jeremy started connecting with friendship circle when he was nine years old, through a connection we had in the Jewish community. He is now almost 16. We have so much to be grateful for, the compassion, love and bonds are lifelong. Many of the volunteers has not much older than Jeremy. Thank you for everything you have done to support our family and most importantly championing the disability sector."