Running a Befriending Service

I enjoyed the session and the opportunity for networking with organisations in a similar position as us. The idea of tester parts for the different courses you run was really good as it gave me a focused overview of important points we need to consider when planning the service. 
The training was excellent, there was a good number of facilitators to share the speaking and technology requirements. There was plenty of interactive sessions to allow for discussions and to break up the learning of information.

Purpose of this event 

Join our membership officers online on Wednesday 24th April, 10am - 12.30pm. This training session is an interactive discussion and networking event designed specifically for:

  • New Befriending Projects 
  • New Staff within a Befriending Project

This event is open to members and non-members of Befriending Networks with the goal of supporting staff, building confidence in your role and/or projects abilities, and to help you create connections and peer-support with befriending services across the nations. This event is facilitated by two of our membership officers - so attendees can put a face to our support team. 

Content covered

All attendees of this event will gain access to our Good Practice Guide: Running a Befriending Service resource, a guide that is commonly exclusive to members of Befriending Networks. For non-members of Befriending Networks, attending this course is the only way to access this resource which contains all the information you need to competentenly launch and manage befriending operations.

Due to common demand and request from staff within befriending projects, we have highlighted some key discussion points. Participants will collaborate to problem-solve and discuss, before the facilitators present top tips in each area. During the live interactive session on Wednesday 24th April, we will cover the following key topics: 

  1. Looking After Wellbeing 
  2. Key Policies and Procedures
  3. Volunteer Recruitment and Retainment 
  4. Open Networking and opportunity for peel-learning and questions 


This event is £15 for members of Befriending Networks, and £35 for non-members. Are you a member of Befriending Networks? Make sure to log in before booking to receive your discount. 


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* 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.