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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23 AugVital Skills: Support and Supervision (ONLINE MODULE) Course dates: 9.8.17 - 23.8.17 CONTACT SESSION 23.8.17 12 noon - 2pm
30 AugVital Skills: Boundaries (ONLINE MODULE) Course dates: 16.8.17 - 30.8.17 CONTACT SESSION 30.8.17 11am - 1pm
22 AugVital Skills: Training for Trainers (Glasgow) 10am - 4.30pm Tuesday 22nd August 2017
06 SepVital Skills: Matching (ONLINE MODULE) Course dates: 23.8.17 - 6.9.17 CONTACT SESSION 6.9.17 12 - 2pm
13 SepVital Skills: Risk Management (ONLINE MODULE) Course dates: 30.8.17 - 13.9.17 CONTACT SESSION 13.9.17 12 noon - 2pm
05 SepVital Skills: Recruitment and Selection (Glasgow) 9.30am - 12.30pm Tuesday 5th September 2017
05 SepVital Skills: Support and Supervision (Glasgow) 1.30pm - 4.30pm Tuesday 5th September 2017
20 SepManaging Waiting Lists and Endings (ONLINE MODULE) Course dates: 6.9.17 - 20.9.17 CONTACT SESSION 20.9.17 12 noon - 2pm
12 SepVital Skills: Boundaries (Glasgow) 9.30am - 12.30pm Tuesday 12th September 2017
12 SepVital Skills: Matching (Glasgow) 1.30pm - 4.30pm Tuesday 12th September 2017
25 Sep Monitoring and Evaluation (ONLINE MODULE) Course dates: 13.9.17 - 25.9.17 CONTACT SESSION 25.9.17 12 - 2pm
19 AugVital Skills: Risk Management (Glasgow) 9.30am - 12.30pm Tuesday 19th September 2017
19 SepVital Skills: Managing Waiting Lists and Endings (Glasgow) 1.30pm - 4.30pm Tuesday 19th September 2017
04 OctVital Skills: Project Development (ONLINE MODULE) Course dates: 20.9.17 - 4.10.17 CONTACT SESSION 4.10.17 12 noon - 2pm
26 SepVital Skills: Monitoring and Evaluation (Glasgow) 9.30am - 12.30pm Tuesday 26th September 2017
26 SepVital Skills: Project Development (Glasgow) 1.30pm - 4.30pm Tuesday 26th September 2017

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