Allergy Pals and Allergy Allies
Does your child (7-15 years old) have a severe food allergy? Would you like your child to connect with other children with food allergies? Would you like your child to learn strategies for managing food allergies? Would you like your child to feel more confident managing food allergies?
Food Allergy Canada is proud to offer the Allergy Pals and Allergy Allies online peer mentorship program. This program was created through the Social Support Research Program at the University of Alberta and is used under license by Food Allergy Canada.
The program is funded by a grant from TD Securities.
- Allergy Pals – Ages 7-11
- Allergy Allies – Ages 12-15
The program includes eight weekly one-hour online support sessions on GoToMeeting. There are two age groups of children with food allergies. The sessions take place over the internet, using safe and secure online meeting tools. They are led by older peer mentors with food allergies, under the guidance of a youth program coordinator. Once registered, your child will be placed into a group on a day/time convenient for your family.
We have received outstanding feedback on our previous sessions and are excited to continually grow the program by adding more mentors and participant spaces.
All of our mentors receive training and encourage positive conversations among group members. They will never give out medical advice and will curb conversations that may be scary to some children (like details of reaction severity). Every session has a program coordinator listening in, ready to step in if a conversation veers in the wrong direction.
The next session will take place for eight weeks starting September 30th, 2017. Registration will be available on this page on September 1st, 2017.
Allergy Pals and Allergy Allies have ongoing sessions throughout the year. Please sign up for Food Allergy Canada’s Allergy Information Service to receive registration updates for future sessions.
Your donation to Food Allergy Canada helps keep programs like Allergy Pals and Allergy Allies available. If you’d like, you can donate online here.
- Allergy Pals – Parent Guide
- Allergy Pals Beginner Level – Participant Handbook
- Allergy Pals Returning Level – Participant Handbook
- Allergy Allies Participant Handbook
Introducing Allergy Pals Monthly
We are launching monthly webinars just for kids as a part of our Allergy Pals program.
Every month, kids with food allergies that are between the ages of 7-11 can participate in webinars that will cover key educational information on managing food allergies.
Each webinar will be led by a trained peer mentor with food allergies where they will highlight a different topic each month, such as birthday parties, friends, school, and bullying. There will also be plenty of interactive games and activities that will have your child glued to the presentation!
The one-hour sessions will be held on the last Sunday of every month at 7pm EST, starting July 30th. And unlike our traditional 8-week Allergy Pals program, there is no long-term commitment with Allergy Pals Monthly.
Register your child today for our first webinar on July 30th. This month’s topic will be on managing your allergies at birthday parties. You can also register for upcoming sessions below:
July 30th – Theme: Birthday Parties.
August 27th – Theme: Back to School. Register
September 24th – Theme: Sports and Activities. Register
October 29th – Theme: Halloween. Register
November 26th – Theme: Reading Ingredient Lists. Register
December 17th – Theme: Holidays with Allergies. Register