Annual Conference 2020

"I was amazed that an online conference could work so well. It was very well run!"
"Thank you for delivering the Conference in a remote format during Covid-19. I rarely get to attend the usual event due to associated costs and travel time so was great to attend from the comfort of my own home! I do hope events will continue to have online attendance options when "normal" life returns."


Given restrictions, Annual Conference 2020 was hosted online from 3-5 November. This special opportunity enabled befriending organisations throughout the UK to gather together in the digital space. Annual Conference is always one of the highlights in Befriending Networks' calendar and we hope this year's conference was a memorable and meaningful experience for the membership. Thanks to all who delivered keynotes and/or workshops as well as all who attended.

Whether you attended conference and want to remind yourself of what took place or you weren't able to attend and are curious to find out what happened, the following resources are for you! Download a copy of the Conference Programme here.

Day 1: #BefriendingIs Life Changing

"I enjoyed the speakers. The information was very relevant and interesting...I have left this conference with lots of ideas and thoughts of how to take things forward. Thank you."


View slides from Dr. Kalpa Kharicha's keynote "The Psychology of Loneliness" or watch a recording

An audio recording of Dr. Alan Gow's keynote will be forthcoming

Day 2: #BefriendingIs Connection

"I really appreciate the conference going ahead online, it has given me a chance to reflect on the past few months of running the Befriending Service since March 2020...Great to hear how other organisations are doing things and have adapted and know I'm not alone in it all! The Befriending Networks support has been paramount to my Coordinator role during this uncertain time -Thank You!


View slides from Matthew Linning's keynote "Volunteering, Befriending, and COVID-19"

View slides from Miren Ochoa Sagues and Claudia Baldacchino's keynote "Maintaining Connections with Digital Solutions"

Watch a recording of both keynotes

Day 3: #BefriendingIs Sustainable

"My first online conference. I thought it was very well organised and kept to time really well."
"Great session and really appreciated all the work that was taken forward to make it as visual and interactive as possible"


View slides from Graeme Reekie's keynote "Befriending: is it sustainable?"

View slides from Emily Kenward's keynote "Befriending is Sustainable"

Watch a recording of both keynotes


There are no forthcoming events.