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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03 MayVital Skills: Training for Trainers (ONLINE MODULE) 12.4.17 - 3.5.17 (CONTACT SESSIONS 26.4.17 12 noon - 2pm and 3.5.17 12 noon - 2pm
10 MayVital Skills: Recruitment and Selection (ONLINE MODULE) Course dates: 26.4.17 - 10.5.17 CONTACT SESSION 10.5.17 12 - 2pm
27 AprVital Skills: Support and Supervision (Edinburgh) 1.30pm - 4.30pm Thursday 27th April 2017
27 AprVital Skills: Recruitment and Selection (Edinburgh) 9.30am - 12.30pm Thursday 27th April 2017
17 MayVital Skills: Support and Supervision (ONLINE MODULE) Course dates: 3.5.17 - 17.5.17 CONTACT SESSION 17.5.17 12 noon - 2pm
04 MayVital Skills: Boundaries (Edinburgh) 9.30am - 12.30pm Thursday 4th May 2017
24 MayVital Skills: Boundaries (ONLINE MODULE) Course dates: 10.5.17 - 24.5.17 CONTACT SESSION 24.5.17 12 noon - 2pm
11 MayVital Skills: Risk Management (Edinburgh) 9.30am - 12.30pm Thursday 11th May 2017
11 MayVital Skills: Managing Waiting Lists and Endings (Edinburgh) 1.30pm - 4.30pm Thursday 11th May 2017
31 MayVital Skills: Matching (ONLINE MODULE) Course dates: 17.5.17 - 31.5.17 CONTACT SESSION 31.5.17 12 - 2pm
18 MayVital Skills: Monitoring and Evaluation (Edinburgh) 9.30am - 12.30pm Thursday 18th May 2017
18 MayVital Skills: Project Development (Edinburgh) 1.30pm - 4.30pm Thursday 18th May 2017
07 JunVital Skills: Risk Management (ONLINE MODULE) Course dates: 24.5.17 - 9.6.17 CONTACT SESSION 9.6.17 12 noon - 2pm
14 JunManaging Waiting Lists and Endings (ONLINE MODULE) Course dates: 31.5.17 - 14.6.17 CONTACT SESSION 14.6.17 12 noon - 2pm
21 Jun Monitoring and Evaluation (ONLINE MODULE) Course dates: 7.6.17 - 21.6.17 CONTACT SESSION 21.6.17 12 - 2pm
28 JunVital Skills: Project Development (ONLINE MODULE) Course dates: 14.6.17 - 28.6.17 CONTACT SESSION 28.6.17 12 noon - 2pm

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