Through I.C.A.N!, Between Friends gives our members the opportunity to attend a community program. Between Friends creates partnerships with community programs, and supports them in their journey to inclusion. Between Friends can then support our members in the community, and support our partners with building capacity and inclusion within their own organization.
I.C.A.N! is Between Friends’ vision comes to life: where people with disabilities are viewed and recognized as valuable citizens.
Between Friends trains Recreation Inclusion Facilitators (aka “Rec Buddies”) to join members in their community program and provide inclusion support. The Rec Buddy will act as a mentor to help support both the community partner, and the Between Friends member, in order to create an inclusive environment. Once the member, community partner, and Rec Buddy feel ready for independence, the member can attend the program without the support of the Rec Buddy.
The RIFs do not act as a 1:1 community aide, or respite worker.
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?
To participate in I.C.A.N! Services, the participant must:
Contact our Membership Team at 403 269 9133 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about Between Friends I.C.A.N! services, and to get the registration process started. Our I.C.A.N! service runs in all months except July and August. Sign-up for I.C.A.N! Is available at any time.
I.C.A.N! SERVICES FEES
Access to I.C.A.N! is a perk of your Between Friends membership. There are no additional fees for I.C.A.N! Services, beyond the cost of your membership and the cost of the community program. Please visit our partner facilities to confirm program fees and to make payments directly with them.
COMMUNITY RECREATION PROVIDERS
If you are a recreation provider in the Calgary area interested in growing in your organization’s inclusion journey, please reach out to our Membership Team at 403 269 9133 or email@example.com to get started.
A formal partnership with Between Friends through our I.C.A.N! Services come with many advantages to your organization and community. Some of the advantages include: