Amigos in the Community

The Community Program is for adults (aged 18+) with or without disabilities whom are facing barriers to inclusion. Participants are paired up with volunteer Connectors who share mutual interests and goals. Pairs meet up regularly to participate in leisure and recreational activities. Lasting relationships are built, and connections are made in the community.

  • Young adults with barriers to inclusion benefit from the intentional relationships of peers in their community.
 
  • Young adults who would like to volunteer to take on a leadership role by connecting with peers learn that their efforts do make a difference in creating inclusive places!

It’s fun and accessible!

Community Amigos Program Events

Learn to Row with the Community Amigos

Monday, July 12th 2021 at 10AM
The Amigos in the Community Program will be joining the Peterborough Rowing Club for a fun day of activities in the sun with their On-Water and On-Land Programs!

The On-Water Program will have rowing coaches instructing participants in the basics of the rowing stroke on the rowing machine, and in “waves” get a chance to use the crew boats (or single boats) on the water! The On-Land Program allows participants to try out the rowing machines and coaches will instruct participants in the basics of the rowing stroke.
 
This event is FREE for participants and is open to those 18+. If you are interested in participating, please contact Program Developer Devin Hodges at devin_hodges@headsupforinclusion.ca to register or ask questions. When registering, please let us know of any accessibility accommodations required.
 
Registration deadline is July 2nd, 2021
*Social distancing, COVID-19 protocols, and cleaning will all be in place.

“[Cody] broke down walls that he built up."

"Walls that were built from his peers who would treat him like he was “special” and ignore him or the ones who were downright mean. He let Peter [Connector] in and it has been nothing short of amazing.” - Gina Keller
Two young men with arms wrapped around each other are standing and smiling at the camera. They are standing on a bright blue basket ball court. Trees and residential buildings are seen in the background.
Peter & Cody

Matt & Kevin

“I am proud to say that I am a Connector in the Amigos program and have personally seen the difference the program makes in people’s lives. Heads up for Inclusion is an organization that does not only help individuals, but challenges expectations on what is possible for people with barriers. The experience of being involved with HUI is a constant reminder that a barrier is not a limitation, only a challenge to overcome.” –  Matt, Community Connector

Julia & Lydia

“My time as a community connector for the Amigos program has been rewarding and pleasant in many different ways. From the first visit I had with my amigo match Lydia, we had an immediate connection and could relate to many different things. During bus rides, we play games asking each other questions [and] Through this game we realized we both enjoy reading, watching some of the same movies and shows, spending time with our siblings and shopping! So far we have had trips to a painting class, mall, movie theatre and buffet lunch together and each visit we had a lot of fun and learned a lot about each other. I enjoy helping Lydia do things such as ride the city bus and practice skills for public transportation and prepare her to fully order for herself at restaurants and donut shops.” –Julia, Community Connector

Khidir's & his first fish

“What is amazing to hear is all the “firsts” that Khidir has been able to experience with a friend as a result of the program. Both Khidir and Calvin played Frisbee golf for the first time in July and really enjoyed it! Calvin took Khidir fishing and he caught his very first fish! We are proud to be partnered with New Canadians Centre and Fleming College.” – “Khidir’s story, published in the Fall 2017 Amigos Newsletter

young male holds up first ever caught fish

Interested in joining our Community Amigos Program?

Amigo Connectors
Mentors in the program can develop skills such as interpersonal communication, an empathetic understanding of others, employable skills, and expanded community awareness.  

Amigos
Amigos mentees can develop a wide range of skills that can be taken with them into their adult life. Mentees can expect to gain confidence, independence, communication skills, learn vital transition-related skills, build friendships, and have fun!
 
Heads Up for Inclusion Community program seeks volunteers to make meaningful IMPACT in their community. You can also volunteer online with our portal community!

Have a question? Email Devin; Community Program Developer at devin.hodges@headsupforinclusion.ca