Befriending Networks Conference

"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."
"Really enjoyed and look forward to continuing with our connections with Befriending Networks"


Thank you to everyone who attended our conference on Wedensday 1st November 2023. This event launched Befriending Week, hosted our Annual General Meeting, elected our new trustees and allowed staff from befriening projects far and wide to learn from one another and network. You can access resources from this event by clicking the button below. 

During this event, we hosted three spaces for peer-learning and networking, assigning specific discussion points and a note-taker within each focus group. We are in the process of collating these discussions to create a resource. Our hope is that this document encourages further peer learning for those who could not attend the event. We are also using the outcome of our membership focus groups to highlight the needs for development, resources or events in 2024 from Befriending Networks. We thank everyone who took part and shared insight and experiences. 

Click here to see resources from the Befriending Networks conference and AGM

Befriending Networks Research Events

In 2023, we are running our conference events slightly differently. In June, rather than November, we provided our Research Day. We know the Cost of Living Crisis has affected us on many levels: from community project operations; volunteer expenses; wellbeing of service users and more. This free and exclusive event for members was to discuss COL, with speakers & networking. Thank you for everyone who attended. If you missed the event but would like to see what you missed, please look to our research resources page where any member can access the presentations from Vounteer Scotland, Pro Bono Economics and Mental Health Foundation.

"Receiving an overview of the situation from three different perspectives – volunteer support organisation, charity economist and mental health lens. All perspectives blended into one another but were angled slightly differently which was great."

"The relevance of the discussion topics, the fact that the data is so current and can be used to answer questions on funding applications. Superbly facilitated and fantastic delegate pack."

Stay tuned for future opportunities to learn of research within the Third Sector. You can see the presentations from our Cost of Living event through the link below. 

Cost of Living Research Day Presentations