Common Ground Meetings

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Common Ground meetings are relaxed, informal, friendly, informative, stimulating challenging discussions & are central to making us a strong, inclusive, dynamic network. Share your knowledge and learn from the experiences of others.

Befriending Networks provides Common Ground meetings so that befriending staff or committee members can meet others involved in befriending projects locally, discuss and explore topical issues around befriending, and contribute to good practice in befriending at a national level.

Common Ground Meetings around the country feature the same agenda items, but also allow time for local issues to be raised. At the end of each series of Common Ground Meetings, we produce comprehensive notes-so you can find out what other befriending projects across the country have been talking about!

Common Ground Meetings take place in a wide range of locations and at various times throughout the year.

Details are added to the Training and Events section of the website a few weeks in advance. Each meeting covers relevant discussion topics and notes are then compiled from the round of meetings and uploaded to our website.

Agenda

Common ground meetings, which are free of charge to members of Befriending Networks, are a wonderful opportunity to get together with other befriending coordinators and the Befriending Networks team to share ideas, issues and solutions and get advice on best practice. There is no other forum in which you’ll meet so many others who will understand so well what you do on a daily basis!

As well as giving you the chance to discuss / share / ask about anything to want to with other befriending coordinators, we will be discussing a specific topic. This is still to be confirmed and any suggestions are welcome. Contact Victoria@befriending.co.uk

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31 JanCommon Ground: Aberdeen ¦ 31st January 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Befriend A Child, Bon-Accord Square, Aberdeen AB11 6DJ
05 FebCommon Ground: Edinburgh ¦ 5th February 10am - 12noon
The R S Macdonald Charitable Trust, 21 Rutland Square, Edinburgh EH1 2BB
05 FebCommon Ground: Leeds | 5th February | 10.30 to 12.30
Carers Leeds, 6-8 The Headrow, Leeds LS1 6PT
05 FebCommon Ground: Inverness ¦ 5th February 1:30 - 3:30pm
Befrienders Highland 1st Floor, Academy House 42 Academy Street Inverness IV1 1JT
06 FebCommon Ground: Online Webinar ¦ 6th February 10am - 12noon
07 FebCommon Ground: Glasgow ¦ 7th February 10am - 12noon
Epilepsy Connections, 100 Wellington Street, Glasgow G2 6DH
07 FebCommon Ground: Alloa ¦ 7th February 2pm - 4pm
7 Alloa Business Centre, The Whins, Alloa FK10 3SA
12 FebCommon Ground : London | 12th February | 10.30am to 12.30pm
Scotscare, 22 City Road, London EC17 2AJ
13 FebCommon Ground: Kirkcaldy, Fife ¦ 13th February 10am - 12noon
Fife Voluntary Action, 16 East Fergus Place, Kirkcaldy KY1 1XT
11 JunCommon Ground: Inverness ¦ 1:30 - 3:30pm
Befrienders Highland 1st Floor, Academy House 42 Academy Street Inverness IV1 1JT
12 JunCommon Ground: Glasgow ¦ 12th June 10am - 12noon
Epilepsy Connections, 100 Wellington Street, Glasgow G2 6DH
12 JunCommon Ground: Online Webinar ¦ 12th June 10am - 12noon
12 JunCommon Ground: Alloa ¦ 12th June 2pm - 4pm
7 Alloa Business Centre, The Whins, Alloa FK10 3SA
13 JunCommon Ground: Edinburgh ¦ 13th June 10am - 12noon
The R S Macdonald Charitable Trust, 21 Rutland Square, Edinburgh EH1 2BB
18 JunCommon Ground: Aberdeen ¦ 18th June 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Befriend A Child, Bon-Accord Square, Aberdeen AB11 6DJ
19 JunCommon Ground: Newcastle ¦ 19th June 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Live Theatre, 27-29 Broad Chare, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 3DQ
20 JunCommon Ground: Kirkcaldy, Fife ¦ 20th June 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Fife Voluntary Action, 16 East Fergus Place, Kirkcaldy KY1 1XT
17 SepCommon Ground: Inverness ¦ 17th September 1:30 - 3:30pm
17 SepCommon Ground: Kirkcaldy, Fife ¦ 17th September 10am - 12noon
Fife Voluntary Action, 16 East Fergus Place, Kirkcaldy KY1 1XT
18 SepCommon Ground: Edinburgh ¦ 18th September 10am - 12noon
The R S Macdonald Charitable Trust, 21 Rutland Square, Edinburgh EH1 2BB
19 SepCommon Ground: Glasgow ¦ 19th September 10am - 12noon
Epilepsy Connections, 100 Wellington Street, Glasgow G2 6DH
19 SepCommon Ground: Alloa ¦ 19th September 2pm - 4pm
7 Alloa Business Centre, The Whins, Alloa FK10 3SA
25 AugCommon Ground: Online Webinar ¦ 25th September 10am - 12noon
26 SepCommon Ground: Aberdeen ¦ 26th September 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Befriend A Child, Bon-Accord Square, Aberdeen AB11 6DJ

Testimonials from previous clients

“The common ground meetings are an invaluable support to us. Working for a small, independent project, we only have each other to bounce ideas off and it's great to network with others and share ideas, discuss good practice and learn from BNS experience. It's also really good to hear what's happening locally.”

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Suggest a topic

Is there a topic that you'd like to discuss in a Common Ground Meeting? Let us know – email your suggestions to victoria@befriending.co.uk.