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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07 NovVital Skills: Training for Trainers (ONLINE MODULE) 12.10.17 - 7.11.17 (CONTACT SESSIONS 31.10.17 12 noon - 2pm and 7.11.17 12 noon - 2pm)
14 NovVital Skills: Recruitment and Selection (ONLINE MODULE) Course dates: 31.10.17 - 14.11.17 CONTACT SESSION 14.11.17 12 noon - 2pm
16 NovVital Skills: Support and Supervision (ONLINE MODULE) Course dates: 2.11.17 - 16.11.17 CONTACT SESSION 16.11.17 12 noon - 2pm
21 NovVital Skills: Boundaries (ONLINE MODULE) Course dates: 7.11.17 - 21.11.17 CONTACT SESSION 21.11.17 12 noon - 2pm
23 NovVital Skills: Matching (ONLINE MODULE) Course dates: 9.11.17 - 23.11.17 CONTACT SESSION 23.11.17 10am - 12 noon
30 NovVital Skills: Risk Management (ONLINE MODULE) Course dates: 16.11.17 - 30.11.17 CONTACT SESSION 30.11.17 12 noon
05 DecManaging Waiting Lists and Endings (ONLINE MODULE) Course dates: 21.11.17 - 5.12.17 CONTACT SESSION 5.12.17 12 noon - 2pm
07 Dec Monitoring and Evaluation (ONLINE MODULE) Course dates: 23.11.17 - 7.12.17 CONTACT SESSION 7.12.17 10am - 12 noon
13 DecVital Skills: Project Development (ONLINE MODULE) Course dates: 27.11.17 - 13.12.17 CONTACT SESSION 13.12.17 12 noon - 2pm

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