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Buddy Program


Our Buddy Program matches a volunteer with a person living with HIV to provide emotional support. All volunteers go through Core Skills (ACT’s training program) and strive to be caring companions and non-judgmental, objective supporters.

Each Buddy match is three months long. Within that period, a volunteer and service user can meet for up to 3 hours per week, depending on the needs of the service user. These meetings can be held at ACT, in the person’s home, or at public spaces such as coffee shops.

Buddy volunteers can help people living with HIV and AIDS address emotional, practical and health-related issues, improve their quality of life by supporting them to problem solve, navigate complex systems, reduce isolation and barriers, increase confidence, build resilience, seek health services, and get involved in the community.

Who is this for:  People living with HIV

How do I access this program:  Call 416-340-2437 ex. 221, visit our offices or email Jaye at