Befriending Program: Eastern Counties

Friends are the people in our lives who laugh at  our jokes, listen to us when we are troubled, and lend a hand when they can. Being a good friend means helping someone else, but also means being open to growing and learning as individuals thorugh our friendships.

To have a friend, you’ve got to be a friend!

The Carefor Befriending Program matches volunteers with men and women with physical disabilities. Through this new relationship, both individuals will have the opportunity to exlore mutual interests, enhancing their quality of life.

There are endless possibilities for how these new friends will interact with one another such as:

  • Befriending program swimming
    Bonding time for our volunteers and clients!
    Going to the movies
  • Having dinner together
  • Shopping
  • Chatting over coffee
  • Going for walks
  • Going to various sporting events (baseball, hockey, football, etc)
  • Getting involved in numerous sport activities
  • Karaoke

Through the Befriending Program, Carefor Eastern Counties, works to enhance the quality of life for both men and women living with physical challenges.


Individuals 18 years of age or older, who have physical challenges, and are a resident of Ontario are eligible candidates for the Befriending Program.

They must also::

  • Be respectful of a client/volunteer relationship
  • Attend an orientation and screening interview
  • Maintain appropriate social skills


Individuals who are mature, reliable, good listeners, patient, open-minded, enthusiastic and flexible are the ideal candidates to become volunteers for the Carefor Befriending Program.

They must also:

  • Be respectful of others' privacy
  • Attend an orientation and screening interview
  • Provide two references
  • Provide a police check
  • Commit to at least one hour per week
  • Be at least 18 years of age


"Being a volunteer in the befriending program has allowed me to get to know more people in the community. Carefor does a good job of training volunteers, and is very diligent about giving volunteers what they need to succeed. I would recommend becoming a volunteer at Carefor to others." -Rick L., Befriending Program volunteer of 13 years.

For more information, call 613-932-3451 / 1-800-267-1741 or e-mail

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