Buddies for Kids – Mieskaverit®
Buddies for Kids are adult men volunteering to spend time with single mothers' children who have no contact with their own father or other men. The goal of Buddies for Kids is to give the child a window to a grown man’s life, to help the child and the buddy build a safe and confidential relationship and to give the child an opportunity to an expanded network that will support his development.
A buddy can be any ordinary, dependable and trustworthy man. Age, appearance, citizenship, occupation or other personal characteristics play no role. The goal is not to reinforce common conceptions of how men are – every man is welcome to volunteer just as he is. What matters is the capability of interacting with all sorts of people and the time and the will to share one's everyday life with a child.
The models used by Buddies for Kids are well established, praised and proven functional, and they are easily applicable in other cities as well. Right now there is Buddies for kids-volunteers in Uusimaa, Kuopio, Lahti, Oulu, Tampere, Turku and Vaasa.