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Befriending Networks publishes befriending-specific resources - We add to our list each year. All prices quoted below include postage & packing.

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“Data with a soul” - telling our stories

Author: Kerrie Fletcher South Derbyshire CVS

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“guid times wi the bad times”: life, befriending and dementia

A study on the meanings and experiences of befriending for people who
have memory loss or dementia...

Author: Jane Andrew

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So What? How to raise the profile and quality of your volunteering programme through effective impact measurement

Recent Scottish Volunteering Forum research shows us that we need to do more as a sector to raise the profile of the positive impact volunteering has, on beneficiaries, volunteers, and our organisations...

Author: Morven MacLean - Scottish Volunteering Forum

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Take The Time – How partnership can prevent isolation

Befriending Networks and Bauer Radio Scotland came together to create and launch ‘Take The Time’ and campaign for change in a way never seen before...

Author: Hope Webb - Bauer Media

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The Impact of Befriending

Author: Richard Stewart

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Befriending in England

From the most recent data collected from English member projects we can
illustrate the levels of service provided by members in 2017 to 2018...

Author: Befriending Networks

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Befriending in the UK 2017 to 2018

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CYP Befriending in Scotland

From the most recent data collected from Scottish CYP member projects we
can illustrate the levels of service provided by members in 2017 to 2018...

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Befriending helped me... Banner

To spread the word about the impact Befriending has on befriendees and volunteer befrienders ask all to consider entering some detail of the difference befriending makes for them...

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Template Befriending Week Poster

Make sure you advertise your Befriending Week event...

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Thank You Certificate 

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Top 10 Tips for a Press release

Make sure you contact your local, and national, press to let them know about Befriending Week and the impact that Befriending and your organisation has for the people you support and your volunteers...

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Befriending in Derbyshire

Author: Derbyshire Trusted Befriending Network

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Two Poems about Befriending

Author: Susan Smith, Brightside Community Cafe

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Loneliness and Social Isolation in Reading

A report based on finding from a Reading-wide questionnaire based on social isolation and loneliness in April and May 2017...

Author: Rachel Goater (Ready Friends)

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Common Ground Meeting Notes - June 2017

summary of the discussions which took place during the 5 Common ground networking meetings in June 2017...

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More than just a tea and chat by Tower Hamlets Friends and Neighbours

This report raises key issues about befriending, how its impact can be measured, how it has changed over time, and the implications for the future of befriending...

Author: Tower Hamlets Friends and Neighbours

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Older people in rural areas:Vulnerability due to loneliness and isolation

This paper is an interim output from a project being undertaken by Rural England on rural vulnerability as affecting older people...

Author: Rural England Community Interest Company

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Befriending and Partnerships: Annual Conference Report 2016

Author: Befriending Networks

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Loneliness in Scotland : A National Summit

Summary report of the Loneliness in Scotland: A National Summit which occurred 6th September 2016, funded by Scottish Government and hosted by Befriending Networks...

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From the Source to the Sea

Author: Evaluation Support Scotland and Fife befriending services

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Summary Report on the Health and Loneliness Roadshow 2015

A summary report on the series of Scottish Health Board workshops, Health and Loneliness Roadshows, delivered in 2015 by Befriending Networks and asking attendees form different sectors how they were currently addressing loneliness, what they could do in the future ad what they felt Scottish Government should do to address the issue at a national level...

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A Stitch inTime

Author: Befriending Networks and Evaluation Support Scotland

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Annual conference - Edinburgh 2015 - workshop summaries

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Annual Conference Report - Edinburgh, November 2015

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Summary of Vital Skills in Befriending training programme 

A summary of the learning outcomes of the nine modules which make up the Vital Skills in Befriending training programme...

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The Value of Children and Young Peoples Befriending in Scotland

An overview of what is being achieved by members in Scotland who support children, young people and families through befriending...

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A Guide to Recruiting Volunteers - for Befriending Organisations

This guide has been created in response to requests from befriending organisations, who struggle to recruit enough befrienders to meet the demands of their users...

Author: Megan MacDougall

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Quality in Befriending powerpoint

Author: BNs

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Distance Befriending (2015) An Overview with Case Studies

This resource incorporates information taken from a literature review, primary research and a survey of BNs members...

Author: Joe Lowit

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Ways of Working with Older Adults

A thesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, Coventry University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, and University of Warwick, Department of Psychology...

Author: Diane Greenwood

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Conference report 2014

A summary of the main presentations and discussions which took place during the Befriending Networks Annual Conference in Edinburgh on November 7th 2014...

Author: Befriending Networks

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Befriending and General Practice

Slides from conference presentation 2014...

Author: Peter Cawston

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Loneliness, Health and Wellbeing

Author: Anna Goodman, Campaign to End Loneliness

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Befriending in Scotland in 2014

This publication explores the features which define befriending as a unique form of support, and looks at the evolution of the sector in recent years, highlighting some of the developments in service delivery in that time...

Author: Befriending Networks

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Befriending Map of Gaps

This snapshot of thematic and geographical befriending service provision across Scotland is an updated version of our 2012 Map of Gaps...

Author: Befriending Networks

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Befriending Quality Standard

Author: Befriending Networks

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Befriending, loneliness, and health: a research summary

Author: Mary Roberts for Befriending Networks

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Good Practice in Befriending

This document replaces the Befriending Code of Practice, which was first published in 2009...

Author: Befriending Networks

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Square One-Developing New Befriending Services

This guide provides practical information and suggestions for those who are in the early stages of planning a befriending service...

Author: Befriending Networks

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BNs policy briefing for older peoples befriending services

A summary of some key areas of public policy which may have an influence of the future of older peoples befriending services in Scotland...

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Conference 2013 Report - Shaping the Future of Befriending

Summary of presentations and workshops from the Befriending Networks Annual Conference 2013 – Shaping the Future of Befriending...

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Report: More than just tea and a chat - Tower Hamlets Friends and Neighbours

Author: Tower Hamlets Friends and Neighbours

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Conference 2012 Report - Befriending and Loneliness

Report of national conference held on 9th November 2012 on Befriending and Loneliness...

Author: Befriending Networks

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The Distance Training Pack: How to Train Your Home-Based Volunteers

This innovative training resource offers a very useful alternative to face-to-face training...

Author: Befrienders Highland

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The Befriending and Mentoring Evaluation Toolkit

Evaluation can be a turn-off, a worry or just a confusion for many people but befriending projects now have a resource to help them in establishing evaluation systems that will help them show the impact of befriending...

Author: Befriending Network Scotland

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