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The vision of Best Buddies Greece is the inclusion of adults with neuro-developmental difficulties through friendship.

The mission of Best Buddies Greece is to empower adults with neuro-developmental difficulties (people on the autism spectrum, with Down syndrome and/or intellectual disabilities), using friendship as a vehicle. By connecting these people with volunteers of typical development, we break down stereotypes that lead to discrimination, and encourage their self-representation in order to claim their position in every aspect of social life, leading to an inclusive society.
 
The mission of Best Buddies Greece is to empower adults with neuro-developmental difficulties (people on the autism spectrum, with Down syndrome and/or intellectual disabilities), using friendship as a vehicle. By connecting these people with volunteers of typical development, we break down stereotypes that lead to discrimination, and encourage their self-representation in order to claim their position in every aspect of social life, leading to an inclusive society.

Best Buddies Greece Spot 2021 - Friendship is a Gift!

Best Buddies are pleased and proud to present their new advertising spot for 2021! We support acceptance through friendships and  exclude loneliness and sadness in the lives of persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities!
Don’t forget to like the video and Subscribe to the Best Buddies Greece YouTube channel!
We warmly thank the Participants: Alexandros Logothetidis, Vivi Nikolakea, Georgios Lambropoulos, Maria – Irini Lambropoulou, Marianna Thomas, Andreas Vassilopoulos, Evangelos Martis.
Filmaking: Dimitris Paleologos In Oblivion FilmsWebsite: https://oblivionfilms.eu/ Photographer & Visual Artist: Manes Pangalos
Manes PhotographerWebsite: https://manesphoto.com/
Production: Best Buddies Greece, Kelly Gouni
The shooting took place in 2020, before the spread of COVID-19.
The Best Buddies Program of Greece  is implemented with a donation from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (ISN).

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Newsletter September 2023 - February 2024

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Best Buddies is a vibrant, international organization.

Best Buddies Greece empowers adults with neuro-developmental difficulties (people on the autism spectrum, with down syndrome and/or intellectual disabilities), using friendship as a vehicle. By connecting these people with volunteers of typical development, we break down stereotypes that lead to discrimination, and encourage their self-representation in order to claim their place in every aspect of social life, leading to an inclusive society. We focus our actions on three main pillars: a) one-to-one friendship, b) self-representation program, c) supported work. Best Buddies was founded in 1989 by Anthony Kennedy Shriver, with a vision to create socialization opportunities for people with disabilities through one-to-one friendship in schools, higher education institutions and the community. Best Buddies Greece has been active since 2011 as a volunteer group and since 2016 as an independent non-profit association with primary social care certification from the Ministry of Labor and Welfare. Our goal is, with the power of volunteerism, to make people who do not have a disability visible to the world, visible in an inclusive society.

Our Services

We are the world’s largest organization dedicated to ending the social, physical and economic isolation of the 200 million people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

The Friendships Program builds friendships between persons with and without IDD. The program is developed each year during the academic period starting in September and ending in June.

The programs educates and empowers people with and without IDD to become leaders, public speakers and advocates. Best Buddies believes that its program participants can lead the effort within their community and beyond to build a more inclusive world for people with IDD.

This program at Best Buddies International secures jobs for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), allowing them to earn an income, pay taxes, and continuously and independently support themselves.

The volunteer – friend, is invited to organize with his friend two outings of common interests and once a week to have a telephone conversation.
Our scientific staff is at the disposal of the volunteer for whatever he wants.

Each year we organize multiple actions, both for the fun of young people and volunteers, as well as for the promotion of Best Buddies. Be our partner and promote Best Buddies!

You can have a profoundly positive impact on the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). There are so many ways you can advocate for the Best Buddies mission.

BE A “FILARAKI”! Volunteerism & Friendship!

Are you looking for a real and true friendship? Are you an observer of social exclusion of groups and want to help eliminate it?
Then Best Buddies Greece is the right organization to create new friends with people who really need it!
The mission of the Worldwide Best Buddies Organization is to create a Global Volunteer Movement to help promote one-to-one friendship, promote professional integration and develop Leadership Standards for people with mental and developmental disabilities (AMEA).
The goal is to change our world with a real friendship between the Disabled and other citizens!
Αs we develop, our vision grows! We look forward and dream of a world with a common denominator of friendship, love and respect.

* The program applies to young people over 18 years of age