This project is a programme that matches family members of persons with a serious mental illness with one another for one-on-one support. Sophia Kelly designed the program for the BC Schizophrenia Society, then piloted, documented and evaluated the pilot, and designed embedded ongoing evaluation. The program matched family members of persons with a serious mental illness with one another for one-on-one support.
The program deliverables included guides, procedures and forms for program coordinators and volunteers. Sophia Kelly also oversaw the piloting of this highly successful program in four regions in BC in the spring of 2006. NEW: This program has now been adopted in several regions in BC, and is being considered in other parts of Canada and in New Zealand. See Buddy Program for more details.
Materials were designed to be easily adapted and included emailable evaluation materials. The logic model diagram for the program shows how the assessment of the program was built in to the structure. Here’s a link to the complete program materials.