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ERIC Number: ED414529
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jun
Pages: 33
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Development of a Buddy Program Handbook for Dayspring AIDS Support Services (DASS).
McKinnon, Norma M.
Dayspring AIDS support services (DASS), a New England-based health organization, like many service organizations that rely on part-time and volunteer help, lacked the funds needed to improve and/or renew part-time staff and volunteer knowledge and skills. This paper describes an innovative way in which the professional development needs of DASS's volunteers were met through the implementation of a Buddy Training Program. The Buddy program provides direct support services, by specially trained DASS volunteers, in the form of social interaction and emotional support to persons living with HIV/AIDS. Developing a training handbook for these volunteers involved researching the needs of people living with HIV/AIDS, as well as culling information from other volunteer training programs. Care was taken to ensure that current volunteers in the Buddy program and administrators at DASS were included in the development of the handbook. The handbook itself appears in its entirety and includes a mission statement; a description of the Buddy Program; sample contracts and forms, such as a confidentiality agreement; expectations for clients and volunteers; and policies and procedures regarding issues concerning suicide, intoxication, and transportation. A list of HIV\AIDS resources in Maine appears at the end. (RJM)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Maine