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What is a Camerado?

It started with a belief in a simple but powerful idea: that friendships (however loosely defined) and a sense of purpose could help us all beat tough times; that isolation and loneliness underlie the big hairy problems in society (poor mental and physical health, addiction, homelessness, community tension).  We set out to bring about more human connection in the world and quickly learned that when we look out for others, it creates the sense of purpose we all need too.

When you read ‘we’ and ‘us’ it refers to the Association of Camerados, which is the tiny team powering the Camerados social movement.

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To join the movement and let the world know that we still look out for each other, wear the badge. In this crazy world we’re gonna need two-way help between people at a street level to beat the tough times we all experience. Click on the badge to get yours:

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Camerados' principles

Being a camerado isn’t always easy. It takes effort. Here’s some principles we’ve found have helped us so far:



Ask people to help you, it helps them too.

Ask people to help you, it helps them too.

When we're having a tough time we don’t expect to be asked to help. Show people they are valued & trusted, it’s truly transformative.

Failure is essential.

Failure is essential.

Let’s help each other see failure as normal and crucial to success. Fear of failure can paralyse us. Laugh and learn!

Respect not responsibility

Respect not responsibility

We’re kind, we’re alongside but it’s not on us to fix each other’s life. Respect also means calling each other out when we don’t like something

Mix things up

Mix things up

Involve the greatest mix of people. It brings greater possibilities, more ideas, better understanding. And challenge stigma. Always.

Make it fun.

Make it fun.

It’s still the best way to break the ice and bring people together. Places need to be warm and comfortable, the air needs laughter in it, maybe music. Tough times and loneliness is hard enough.

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