The Countdown Begins: 100 days until Befriending Week 1-7 November 2019!

Wed 24 Jul 2019

Every year, Befriending Week is celebrated from 1-7 November

This is a wonderful opportunity to raise awareness about the positive impact befriending makes in communities and in people’s lives and invite your befriendees, befrienders, staff-members, organisation and community to celebrate befriending. It is also a time to share with the wider public what befriending is, who it is for, how to get involved and the ways in which your organisation is tackling loneliness and social isolation through befriending.

Putting a spotlight on ‘Health and Wellbeing’ is this year’s theme

This year's theme encompasses how befriending can improve the health & wellbeing of both the befriendee and the befriender, ensuring the health & wellbeing of your organisation and its staff remains strong, and new research into technology, loneliness, community engagement, social prescribing and other topics surrounding health & wellbeing in its widest sense. Use #befriendingwell to join in the conversation.

Get Ready to Celebrate

To help you prepare for this year's celebrations, visit the Befriending Week Resources section of our website to download the Resource Pack along with Social Media Posts, Facebook Cover, Twitter Banner, Certificates, Pledge Cards, Templates & More!

Send us your stories! Befriending Networks will feature 2 stories a day on our website & social media. In past years, stories have been picked up by the press and generated significant media coverage. To be considered for a feature, send a 1 page (max) story about a match, befriendee, befriender or staff member with photo to Muriel and Peggy.

Make sure to let us know about your Befriending Week plans and tag Befriending Networks on your social media posts (@BefriendingNetworks for Facebook & @Befriendingnet for Twitter) so we can like & share them!

Let's make 2019 the best Befriending Week yet!