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Best Buddies UK

Best Buddies has recently been launched in the United Kingdom. The mission over the next few years is to develop Best Buddies programmes in every region throughout the UK.

Founded in 1989 by Anthony Kennedy Shriver in America, it began with the simple idea of bringing like minded people together to create friendships, employment and volunteering opportunities, leadership development and a whole range of exciting events, festivals and projects aimed at celebrating the contribution people with a learning difficulty make to our communities. Today Best Buddies is an international movement involving 700,000 participants and 1500 chapters in 54 countries worldwide.

Best Buddies UK’s longest established initiative is already being hosted by Compass People in Northern Ireland, followed by the Edinburgh University chapter in Scotland

Best Buddies UK's first year plan includes projects in Cambridge and Southampton and emerging projects in Stroud, South Wales and Whitney. 

Join in! Visit the Best Buddies UK website to find out more and to request an information pack if you would be interested in setting up an initiative in your area.


The publisher is The Centre for Welfare Reform.

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