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.


Common ground meetings, which are free of charge to BNs members, 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 the following topic at the January/ February meetings:

1. Your New Year’s resolutions for your befriending service. We all have little things we’d like to do differently and improve on, daily niggles that we know we should get round to sorting but are usually too busy to even think about! Maybe there’s a form you know you should change, an issue you know you need to sort out with a befriender, or an idea you need to raise with your manager. So … when better to tackle those lingering issues than the New Year?! And who better to discuss it with than other befriending colleagues who have their own list of niggles – and lots of ideas to share with you?

2. If you need to make things work better, how can we at BNs help you to do that? What could we do to support your work that we’re not already doing? How could we expand and develop to support you more effectively? No ideas too outlandish (but no promises either, though!).

Book your place at one of the meetings – and let’s plan how we can make 2018 a cracker of a year together!

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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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