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.



The first half of the meetingS will be over to you to bring any news, questions or ideas to the table for discussion, so please come well armed. This is your chance to discuss issues affecting your practice with other people who are well placed to give you informed and interesting input. the second half of the meeting will be given to a discussion of data protection – with a focus on the introduction of the general Data Protection regulation next year.


A chance to meet up with other coordinators in the Network whose services support children, young people and families. Share service developments, discuss issues and sector news. In addition, we hope to discuss how befriending services support the implementation of children’s rights and identify any barriers to taking this further. Implementation of UNCRC rights is something that statutory services are now required to report on as part of their duties under the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 – first reports are due in 2020. It is likely they will seek to cascade this down in order to gather local information for their reports.

Beyond this practical advantage, taking a children’s rights-based approach to your service’s engagement with those it supports can add value to their experience.

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22 SepCommon Ground Meeting (Dundee) Friday 22nd September 2017, 12 - 2pm
The Food Train, Suite 17, The Circle, Staffa Place, Dundee, DD2 3HL
25 SepCommon Ground Meeting (Edinburgh) Monday 25th September 2017 2017 12 - 2pm
YMCA Edinburgh Acorn Centre 1 Junction Place Edinburgh EH6 5JA
03 OctCommon Ground Meeting (Newcastle) 3rd October 2017, 1pm - 3pm
Age UK Newcastle 2nd Floor, Broadacre House, Market Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 6HQ
03 OctCommon Ground Meeting (Aberdeen): Tuesday 3rd October 2017 11am - 1pm
Befriend A Child, 9 Bon Accord Square, Aberdeen AB11 6DJ
16 OctCYP Services Common Ground Meeting (Edinburgh) 16th October 2017, 12pm - 2pm
The Hub, LGBT Health and Wellbeing, 9 Howe Street, Edinburgh EH3 6TE
17 OctCYP Services Common Ground Meeting (Videoconference) 17th October 2017, 12pm - 2pm

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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