Acceptance, inclusion & friendship
To shape a world in which people with special needs and their families experience acceptance, inclusion and friendship as contributing members of society.
Establishing meaningful opportunities for young people, irrespective of disability, to actively participate in and take leadership roles within their communities.
About Friendship Circle
The Australian Friendship Circle, is a Melbourne based non-profit organisation established in 2003, to meet the growing needs and alleviate the plight of isolation and the sense of community exclusion of children and young adults with special needs in the community.
Our goal is to provide every individual with special needs, the support, friendship and inclusion that they deserve.
What we do
Friendship Circle provides assistance and support to 100’s of individuals with special needs, their families and siblings, by providing recreational, social, educational and vocational programming.
In addition to helping those in need, the Friendship Circle enriches its vast network of teen and uni student volunteers by enabling them to reap the rewards of selfless giving.
Friendship Circle creates friendship in the lives of individuals with special needs and those facing isolation while providing an opportunity to become a contributing member of the community. Through our programming, Friendship Circle aims to promote an inclusive community that values all individuals, regardless of the challenges they face.
Friendship Circle is founded upon the idea that within each person is a soul; and that soul is equal and worthy of boundless love. With this inspiration, the lives of the families we serve are enhanced while the volunteers reap the rewards of selfless giving.
Parents + Carers
Friendship Circle provides families with a supportive community that gives you the opportunity to form real friendships within a non-judgmental environment.
Friendship House is a new initiative aimed at supporting families living with a child with Ultra Care Needs – requiring specialist care supervision – by enabling parents and siblings access to residential care for that much needed weekend or weekday respite, whilst their child is in good company where they are cared for and supported.
We envisage a world in which people with special needs and their families experience acceptance, inclusion and friendship as contributing members of society.