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Befriending Networks publishes befriending-specific resources - We add to our list each year. All prices quoted below include postage & packing.

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From the Source to the Sea

Author: Evaluation Support Scotland and Fife befriending services

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Summary Report on the Health and Loneliness Roadshow 2015

A summary report on the series of Scottish Health Board workshops, Health and Loneliness Roadshows, delivered in 2015 by Befriending Networks and asking attendees form different sectors how they were currently addressing loneliness, what they could do in the future ad what they felt Scottish Government should do to address the issue at a national level...

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A Stitch inTime

Author: Befriending Networks and Evaluation Support Scotland

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The Benefits of Befriending

A summary of a study undertaken in 2015 with older people who have participated in a befriending service...

Author: Evaluation Support Scotland and Befriending Networks

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Summary of Vital Skills in Befriending training programme 

A summary of the learning outcomes of the nine modules which make up the Vital Skills in Befriending training programme...

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21st century volunteering: trends, opportunities and challenges

Author: Dr Angela Ellis Paine, University of Birmingham

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Conference Presentation Steven Marwick

Powerpoint presentation capturing highlights from the presentation Steven Marwick gave to our November 2015 conference about evaluating the impact of volunteering on the befriender and the befriendee...

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The Value of Children and Young Peoples Befriending in Scotland

An overview of what is being achieved by members in Scotland who support children, young people and families through befriending...

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A Guide to Recruiting Volunteers - for Befriending Organisations

This guide has been created in response to requests from befriending organisations, who struggle to recruit enough befrienders to meet the demands of their users...

Author: Megan MacDougall

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Quality in Befriending powerpoint

Author: BNs

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Distance Befriending (2015) An Overview with Case Studies

This resource incorporates information taken from a literature review, primary research and a survey of BNs members...

Author: Joe Lowit

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Ways of Working with Older Adults

A thesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, Coventry University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, and University of Warwick, Department of Psychology...

Author: Diane Greenwood

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Conference report 2014

A summary of the main presentations and discussions which took place during the Befriending Networks Annual Conference in Edinburgh on November 7th 2014...

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Befriending and General Practice

Slides from conference presentation 2014...

Author: Peter Cawston

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Loneliness, Health and Wellbeing

Author: Anna Goodman, Campaign to End Loneliness

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Befriending in Scotland in 2014

This publication explores the features which define befriending as a unique form of support, and looks at the evolution of the sector in recent years, highlighting some of the developments in service delivery in that time...

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Befriending Map of Gaps

This snapshot of thematic and geographical befriending service provision across Scotland is an updated version of our 2012 Map of Gaps...

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Befriending Quality Standard

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Befriending, loneliness, and health: a research summary

Author: Mary Roberts for Befriending Networks

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Good Practice in Befriending

This document replaces the Befriending Code of Practice, which was first published in 2009...

Author: Befriending Networks

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Square One-Developing New Befriending Services

This guide provides practical information and suggestions for those who are in the early stages of planning a befriending service...

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Befriending Week Certificate 2014

A thank you for the contribution on volunteer befrienders towards tackling loneliness...

Author: BNs

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Common Ground Notes Autumn 2014

An account of your Common Ground discussions on volunteer recruitment and going the extra mile to make matches work...

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BNs policy briefing for older peoples befriending services

A summary of some key areas of public policy which may have an influence of the future of older peoples befriending services in Scotland...

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Follow up notes from older peoples Common ground meetings June 2014

A summary of discussions and participant contributions to Common Ground meetings for older peoples befriending services held in Aberdeen and Glasgow in June 2014...

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European Mentoring and Befriending Exchange Programme Edinburgh workshop follow-up handout

A summary of key discussions on the theme of “How to run an national quality award for mentoring / befriending programmes” conducted during the second EMBEP learning exchange workshop in Edinburgh in June 2014...

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Conference 2013 Report - Shaping the Future of Befriending

Summary of presentations and workshops from the Befriending Networks Annual Conference 2013 – Shaping the Future of Befriending...

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Common Ground Notes Summer 2013

Notes from Summer 2013 Common Ground meetings, including discussions on how to say No...

Author: BNS

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Common Ground Notes - London - Spring 2013

Notes from Common Ground meeting in London on March 2013, focusing on discussions around the emotional challenges of being a befriending coordinator...

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Report: More than just tea and a chat - Tower Hamlets Friends and Neighbours

Author: Tower Hamlets Friends and Neighbours

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Newsletter: BNs News Issue 1

Updates on the past year and the year ahead, as well as news from Self Directed Support Scotland; the Campaign to End Loneliness; the Me and My Befriender research project...

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Conference 2012 Report - Befriending and Loneliness

Report of national conference held on 9th November 2012 on Befriending and Loneliness...

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The Befriender Autumn 2012

Author: BNS

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Net Gain Summer 2012

Articles include Befriending’s Map of Gaps, Does Gender of Befriender Matter to Children, Why do a Quality Award, The Absence of a Loving Partner in a Befriendee’s Life, Befriending and Loneliness...

Author: BNS

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Research: Scottish Befriending in 2012: a Map of Gaps

Research on where the significant gaps in befriending provision were for specific client groups, also highlighting the disparities in befriending provision between local authority areas...

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Net Gain Autumn 2011

Author: Befriending Networks

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Common Ground Notes Autumn 2011

How do you feel about dealing with feelings …?
You do not need us to tell you that being a befriending coordinator can be hard on the emotions...

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Net Gain Summer 2011

BNS quarterly newsletter with articles on befriending and the new Scottish Parliament, intergenerational & distance befriending initiatives, what’s happening with the new PVG system, details of new research, and more...

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Common Ground Notes May 2011

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Conference 2010 Report - People of Influence

This 45-page PDF document contains slides from Robbie Gilligans presentation featured at BNS conference held on 9 November 2010 as well as notes from each of the roundtable discussions (how can we influence government thinking; how befriending influences the lives of people who participate in it; how people who use our services influence design and practice)...

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Quality of the Moment: Working 1:1 With People With Dementia - A Training Toolkit

This is a 120-page Toolkit in a photocopyable, ring binder format produced by Befriending Network Scotland in partnership with Alzheimer Scotland...

Author: Befriending Network Scotland and Alzheimer Scotland

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Quality of the Moment: Working 1:1 with People with Dementia - Good Practice Guidelines

Befriending Network Scotland and Alzheimer Scotland were commissioned by the Scottish Government to put together a set of good practice guidelines to guide the work of befriending projects working with people with dementia...

Author: Befriending Network Scotland and Alzheimer Scotland

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The Befriender Spring 2010

Author: BNS

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Conference 2009 Report - Befriending and Wellbeing

This 67-page PDF document contains the five presentations featured at BNS conference held on 8 October 2009...

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Befriending Networks Annual Report 2008-09

Author: Befriending Network Scotland

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Conference 2008 Presentation - Friendship and Befriending

An 8-page conference presentation exploring the role of friendship in befriending...

Author: Professor Lynn Jamieson, University of Edinburgh

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The Training Toolkit: Improving Training in Befriending

This bestselling training e-resource is for any project which has to train its volunteer befrienders...

Author: Befriending Network Scotland

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The Distance Training Pack: How to Train Your Home-Based Volunteers

This innovative training resource offers a very useful alternative to face-to-face training...

Author: Befrienders Highland

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The Befriending and Mentoring Evaluation Toolkit

Evaluation can be a turn-off, a worry or just a confusion for many people but befriending projects now have a resource to help them in establishing evaluation systems that will help them show the impact of befriending...

Author: Befriending Network Scotland

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DVD Training Resource - What Do Mentoring and Befriending Mean To You

This 20-minute film presents the views of 5 matched pairs and brings to life the unique relationships that lie at the heart of mentoring and befriending...

Author: Befriending Network Scotland and Scottish Mentoring Network

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