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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29 MayOnline Vital Skills: Boundaries (CONTACT SESSION 29.05.18 12 noon - 2pm)
05 JunOnline Vital Skills: Matching (CONTACT SESSION 05.06.18 12 noon - 2pm)
12 JunOnline Vital Skills: Risk Management (CONTACT SESSION 12.06.18 12 noon - 2pm)
19 JunOnline Vital Skills: Managing Waiting Lists and Endings (CONTACT SESSION 19.06.18 12 noon - 2pm)
26 JunOnline Vital Skills: Monitoring and Evaluation (CONTACT SESSION 26.06.18 12 noon - 2pm)
28 JunOnline Vital Skills: Project Development (CONTACT SESSION 28.06.18 12 noon - 2pm)

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