Vital Skills in Befriending

About the courses

Befriending Networks has identified vital skills needed by befriending workers in 9 key areas. Each year each of these vital skills will be covered in a half day training with the exception of Training the Trainer, which will be a full day course (The full course will therefore take 5 days to complete).

Participants can chose to cover all 9 skills at once, spread them over a number of years or just pick and choose the topics that interest them most. The notes and handouts that accompany each session will build up into a vital skills handbook for workers.

Those who successfully complete all 9 sessions will be presented with a Befriending Networks Vital Skills in Befriending certificate. The course is designed to be a comprehensive grounding for new workers and a refresher for more experienced workers.


'Training for Trainers' is £90 per member delegate (£110 for non-members), and all the other Vital Skills courses are £50 per member (£60 per non-member). You can book the entire course of nine sessions for the discounted price of £450 per member (£540 per non-member). When booking the nine-course package as a Befriending Networks member, use the discount code 'v1tal' at checkout to obtain your discount. Non-members will need to book by contacting the Training Officer.

Course schedule

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21 AugOnline Vital Skills: Support and Supervision 07/08-21/08 (CONTACT SESSION 21/08/18 1pm-3pm)
04 SepOnline Vital Skills: Boundaries 21/08-04/09 (CONTACT SESSION 04/09/18 1pm-3pm)
11 SepOnline Vital Skills: Matching 28/08-11/09 (CONTACT SESSION 11/09/18 1pm-3pm)
18 SepOnline Vital Skills: Risk Management 04/09-18/09 (CONTACT SESSION 18/09/18 1pm-3pm)
06 SepVital Skills: Boundaries and Risk Management - Edinburgh (Face-to-face training)
02 OctOnline Vital Skills: Managing Waiting List and Endings 18/09-02/10 (CONTACT SESSION 02/10/18 1pm-3pm)
19 SepVital Skills: Boundaries and Risk Management - Glasgow (Face-to-face training)
09 OctOnline Vital Skills: Monitoring and Evaluation 25/09-09/10 (CONTACT SESSION 09/10/18 1pm-3pm)
16 OctOnline Vital Skills: Project Development 02/10-16/10 (CONTACT SESSION 16/10/18 1pm-3pm)
06 NovOnline Vital Skills: Training for Trainers 16/10-6/11 (CONTACT SESSION 06/11/2018 1pm - 4pm)
13 NovOnline Vital Skills: Recruitment & Selection 30/10-13/11 (CONTACT SESSION 13/11/2018 1pm - 3pm)
20 NovOnline Vital Skills: Support and Supervision 06/11-20/11 (CONTACT SESSION 20/11/18 1pm-3pm)
27 Nov Online Vital Skills: Boundaries 13/11 - 27/11 (CONTACT SESSION 27/11/18 1pm-3pm)
04 DecOnline Vital Skills: Matching 20/11-04/12 (CONTACT SESSION 04/12/18 1pm-3pm)
15 JanOnline Vital Skills: Risk Management 02/01-15/01 (CONTACT SESSION 15/01/19 1pm-3pm)
22 JanOnline Vital Skills: Managing Waiting List & Endings 08/01-22/01 (CONTACT SESSION 22/01/19 1pm-3pm)
29 JanOnline Vital Skills: Monitoring and Evaluation 14/01-29/01 (CONTACT SESSION 29/01/19 1pm-3pm)
05 FebOnline Vital Skills: Project Development 22/01-05/02 (CONTACT SESSION 05/02/19 1pm-3pm)

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