What is Baking Buddies?
Baking Buddies is a free baking class for kids & young adults with special needs.
Classes will be Monday - Thursday, January 30 - February 2
(Due to increased interest, we are trialing a 4th night)
Participation sign-up: https://tinyurl.com/bakingwinter
Please sign-up for only one day so we have room for everyone to join us!
Looking to volunteer? Watch for our sign-up link, coming soon!
Purpose of the program:
To provide interactive opportunities & build relationships between people with/without special needs.
When is the program?
This program is currently offered 2 - 3 nights a week, 4 - 6 times per year.
How does the program work?
Students are paired with a youth peer or adult
An educational activity such as matching fractions to the same measuring cup, is completed while waiting for everyone to arrive.
Students then move into the kitchen to make the recipe with their buddy.
Each new student receives a set of utensils to keep including wet & dry ingredient measuring cups, measuring spoons, a scraper, a recipe & a recipe binder.
While the item is baking, the students clean up their areas & play Bingo (with prizes of course) until the baking is complete.
Baked items are taken home to share with family & friends!
Benefits of the program:
Interactions with those who have special needs increases understanding & acceptance, improves attitudes & builds lasting relationships.
Provides respite for families who can run errands, network with other families, or just relax with a cup of coffee.
Engages collaboration between churches, schools & the community through volunteering.
Students with special needs & the volunteers gain valuable baking & kitchen skills.
Opportunities to participate in other church activities/events.