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SYDNEY FRIENDSHIP CIRCLE

About Us

Sydney Friendship Circle is a Jewish faith-based not-for-profit organisation offering programs and activities for children, teenagers and young adults with and without disabilities. We are also heavily involved in advocating for inclusion in our local community, across Sydney and Australia-wide.

Our programs aim to empower young people to come together and create a world that is inclusive and accepting of everyone regardless of their abilities.

Our volunteers are an integral part of Friendship Circle. Many of them join us when they start high school and continue to volunteer throughout school and university. Their friendships with our families truly make a difference. And for our volunteers, their experience at Friendship Circle sets them on a path to incorporate inclusion, disability awareness and social action in their everyday lives and careers.

Friendship Circle offers regular Sunday activities for children and teenagers, school holiday camps and getaways, young adult programs, and social events that raise awareness of our cause, such as our annual Friendship Walk and Toy Drive.

Sydney Friendship Circle is centred around five key areas:

  • Community and Inclusion
  • Family Support
  • Activities and Experiences
  • Education and Leadership
  • Social Enterprise

Sydney Friendship Circle Mission

Friendship circle is here to EMPOWER young people to CREATE communities where people with disabilities experience ACCEPTANCE and INCLUSION.

Our goals are to:

  • Meet the social and emotional needs of young people with disabilities through connections with young people in the community.
  • Ease the isolation often felt in families with children with disabilities.
  • Create meaningful opportunities for young people with and without disability to be a part of and lead their communities.
  • Enrich, inspire and motivate young people through the sharing of themselves with others.
  • Create a sense of responsibility and connection to the Jewish community for young people through educational and social opportunities.

Dedication to the Rebbe

The Rebbe’s unconditional love to people knew no bounds. To the Rebbe they all belonged. He made them feel at home. The Rebbe’s warm smile would heal every aching heart. The Rebbe was always there, offering counsel and blessings, comfort and hope, and often, material help as well.

It is his belief that none of us is complete unless all of us are included. That is the very core and essence of what the Rebbe teaches.

It is this single concept that motivates the Friendship Circle.

To learn more about the Rebbe visit www.therebbe.org

Picture of the world with children pointing at different places

 

Sydney Friendship Circle is part of a large network. There are many chapters around the world, particularly in North America.

Friendship Circle began in Detroit, Michigan, in the United States. Initially, there were just eight volunteers visiting three children each week. But it wasn’t long before other teens, children with disabilities and their families learned about the program. They too wanted to join the Friendship Circle, which welcomed them with open arms.

By 2003, Detroit Friendship Circle had evolved into a thriving organisation with 150 children with disabilities forming friendships with 350 teen volunteers.

Detroit’s success inspired Friendship Circle branches in cities across the United States, which in turn, led to chapters in Canada and Australia and other countries around the world.

Like a stone tossed into a pond, the ripple effect continues growing all the time.

www.friendshipcircle.org

We would love to hear from you!

Sydney Friendship Circle 203/212 Bondi Road Bondi NSW 2026 Phone: 0430 093 670 Email: hello@sydneyfc.org.au Postal Address: PO Box 7709 Bondi Beach NSW 2026


Sydney Friendship Circle 203/212 Bondi Road Bondi NSW 2026 Phone: 0430 093 670 Email: hello@sydneyfc.org.au Postal Address: PO Box 7709 Bondi Beach NSW 2026