Training & Events

"Greatly appreciate the time and effort that must have gone in to developing this training!! Engaging and encouraging and very informative. I learnt a lot." - Befriending Networks Training Participant
"The facilitator was really friendly, welcoming and was obviously very knowledgeable about the work we were completing." - Befriending Networks Training Participant  

Please scroll down for our list of currently planned training events and training categories. Have questions about any of our courses and want to speak to someone directly about your training needs? Click here 

If you need any training courses for you or your team but do not see a date below, please get in touch. All courses are available to be purchased as a private run. Have questions about our training content and availability? Email

Please see our menu on the left-hand side for all categories of our training events and to learn more about what each category offers. For example, our networking events offer a fantastic space to learn directly from other projects and build connections. For continued development and staff learning, we highlight Vital Skills, Topical Training, and Good Practice Training as three key categories to consider. 

Access our Training and Events Catalogue 2024 here

Training Spotlight of April 

Did you know that volunteer recruitment and volunteer retention is the most commonly raised issue by members of Befriending Networks? It is for this reason that we have two courses specifically designed to tackle these concerns. Our Vital Skills: Recruiting Befrienders is designed to help you with the design, marketing and procedures of recruiting volunteers, and our Topical Training course, Volunteer Retainment, is designed to help you keep a hold of them! Join us on Tuesday 7th May 2024, 2pm - 4pm for our interactive training session on Volunteer Retainment. Learn our seven key principles in retention and gain access to our booklet filled with good practice and top tips! 


Found 40 events.

Networking: Befriending in Wales - Spring Networking

Wednesday 17th April, 10:30AM - 11:30AM

Vital Skills: Boundaries

Wednesday 17th April, 9:30AM - 2:30PM

Making the Most of Membership

Thursday 18th April, 1PM - 2PM

Beginners Masterclass: Funding

Tuesday 23rd April, 1PM - 2:30PM

Running a Befriending Service

Wednesday 24th April 2024, 10AM - 12:30PM

Advanced Masterclass: Funding

Thursday 25th April, 1PM - 2:30PM

Befriender Training Toolkit: How To Use It

Monday 29th April, 2PM - 3:30PM

Reducing Inappropriate Referrals

Wednesday 1st May, 10:30AM - 12:30PM

Collaboration and Co-Design

Thursday 2nd May, 10AM - 12PM

Volunteer Retainment

Tuesday 7th May, 2PM - 4PM

Vital Skills: Risk Management

Wednesday 8th May, 9:30AM - 2PM

Bereavement in Befriending

Monday 20th May, 12:30PM - 3PM

Networking: Plans for Month of Community

Tuesday 21st May, 12:30PM - 1:30PM

Making the Most of Membership

Tuesday 21st May, 1PM - 2PM

Vital Skills: Recruiting Befrienders

Wednesday 22nd May, 9:30AM - 2:30PM

Monitoring, Evaluating and Reporting Impact

Thursday 23rd May, 10AM - 1:30PM

Vital Skills: Support and Supervision

Friday 24th May, 9:30AM - 2:30PM

Research Day: Carers Week

Monday 10th June 2024, 10:30AM - 12PM

Vital Skills: Training for Trainers

Wednesday 12th June - Wednesday 26th June (All Wednesday sessions)

Dementia and Befriending

Thursday 13th June, 9:45AM - 12:45PM

Making the Most of Membership

Tuesday 18th June, 1PM - 2PM

Networking: Regional Networking - Scotland

Thursday 20th June, 10AM - 11AM

Networking: Regional Networking - Wales

Thursday 20th June, 1PM - 2PM

Networking: International Networking

Friday 21st June, 12:30PM - 1:30PM

Vital Skills: Training for Trainers

Thursday 18th July - Thursday 1st August (All Thursday sessions)

Management and Leadership in Befriending Projects

Wednesday 28th August - Wednesday 18th September (All Wednesday Sessions)

Leaders and Managers Network: Case Studies & Media Engagement

Wednesday 18th September, 12:30PM - 1:30PM

Leaders and Managers Network: Reflections on the Year

Monday 16th December, 12:30PM - 1:30PM


Cancellation Policy

* Please note: we understand that circumstances may require a change of training dates. We allow you to defer once when we are given notice of at least 48hours, after that it is seen as a non-refundable cancellation. Please do check your diary before committing to any dates. 


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