Brilliant Buddies is a volunteer-based, non-profit association, headquartered in Singapore, committed to promoting the rights of neurodivergent people.
Building on a successful, on-going mentorship programme, which we set up a few years ago for underprivileged girls from Pertapis Home in Singapore, we wanted to take the learnings from this experience and extend our reach to support neurodivergent people.
We are all ordinary people who want to do extraordinary things and with such initiatives, we can be brilliant buddies to each other.
How it Works
1. As a first step, we organise a briefing for our new Brilliant Buddies Volunteers at one of our partners' venues, so as to outline what is to be expected and how to interact with mentees at those institutions.
2. Soon after, volunteers can join the planned group activities at those venues with their mentees. This usually takes the form of arts and crafts projects, reading, group icebreaker games and even dancing. Some activities may include planned outings at other venues such as bowling alleys, running tracks and nature reserves for hiking.
3. If a special bond forms between mentor and mentee, and if this is permitted by the mentee's guardian, then outings can be scheduled outside of the group activities. Once paired, our mentors and mentees can go to social events togethers a couple times a month for a year.