Complementary Skills

Complementary Skills Training on topical subjects are offered online and face-to-face multiple times each year. Please scroll down for dates and locations of training.

"I really enjoyed the range of different training techniques and information covered."       - Mental Health Awareness Training Participant
"There was a great energy in the training room and all of it has all been so beneficial. It’s been great to focus on mental health awareness within befriending."                                                                      - Mental Health Awareness Training Participant

Mental Health Awareness in Befriending 

This course aims for participants to develop knowledge and understanding of mental health issues, strategies, support available, and the techniques to implement so to better support staff, volunteers and the service users. Please see dates below for both online and face-to-face training 

Management and Leadership for Befriending Projects 

Management and Leadership for Befriending Projects aims to provide participants with the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of strong management and leadership skills and apply these to their role. This takes place over two days, please ensure you are free for both before booking.

Safeguarding in Befriending 

Safeguarding has launched this September. The course will run once a month and is built to support both volunteers and coordinators in their development. You are given three weeks access to complete the work online to earn your certificate.

Bereavement in Befriending 

Designed to support both volunteers and staff with the difficulties and barriers they may face when dealing with a bereavement. Though this may be a more common circumstance in older services, this course is designed to cater to all ages and projects.

Future Courses

We are happy to gain feedback and suggestions from our membership and do try to action these. Please monitor this page for dates of complementary training.


Call Befriending Networks 0131 261 8799 and ask for Victoria Galloway, Learning and Development Officer or email


Found 5 events.

Edinburgh: Mental Health Awareness in Befriending

Tuesday 1st October 2019, 10am - 4pm

Safeguarding in Befriending

Course Access 07/10 - 31/10

Leeds: Bereavement in Befriending

Tuesday 18th February 2020, 10am - 4pm

Management and Leadership for Befriending Projects

Part One Thursday 2nd April / Part Two Thursday 23rd April

Edinburgh: Safeguarding

Tuesday 26th May 2020, 11am - 3pm