Training & Events
The BNS Training Programme has something for everyone, no matter how long they have been in post or how new they are to befriending.

Training Calendar

View our calendar of training courses, including Vital Skills in Befriending, Developing the Leader, the Action Learning Set and Complementary Skills courses.

Vital Skills in Befriending Certificate

(Credit rated by the SQA at SCQF level 8, 34 credits) Befriending Networks has identified vital skills needed by befriending workers in 9 key areas. Look at the different elements that make up the course, see when and where the course is next running & find out how to go for the qualification.

Bespoke Training

BNS' experienced team can design and deliver training to fit any project's requirements. As well as accepting one-off commissions, we have a large selection of off-the-shelf training packages which can be adapted to your needs.

Common Ground Meetings

Common Ground Meetings are provided for anyone working in befriending so that they can meet other people in their area involved in befriending to discuss and explore topical issues and contribute to good practice at a national level.

Online Volunteer Training

A free 10-module training course for volunteer befrienders, available free of charge to Befriending Networks members only.

Annual Conference

The BNS Annual Conference is held in October or November every year, taking a theme and exploring its theoretical and practical impacts on the befriending sector (previous themes have included self esteem, resilience and funding). In June 2015, for the first time, we held a conference in Leicester.