Tuesday, 21 February 2017


What are Befriending Champions?
Befriending Champions play a key role as the ‘eyes and ears’ of the local community helping to identify lonely or isolated people and then supporting/signposting them to sources of longer-term assistance, such as befriending services. Anyone active in their local area, whether an employee or a volunteer, can attend training and become a Befriending Champion. 

Microgrant funding

There is also a small grant fund and practical support available to help local people to develop project ideas that reduce isolation and loneliness in Derbyshire. Support also includes assistance to access any other local funding that may be available. Project ideas may include setting up or developing a good neighbour initiative, a social group, or maybe a self-help group.

What does the training consist of?
The FREE half-day Befriending Champions training includes learning what it is to be a Befriending Champion, the skills needed and how to carry out the role.

Following on from the Befriending Champion training, there is also the opportunity to attend a session on how to develop project ideas that reduce isolation and loneliness, how to apply for the microgrant, and help to access other sources of local funding.

In addition to this training, there is the opportunity to attend a one-hour Dementia Friends session on the day. 

The next five training sessions are taking place in Ripley on Wednesday 8th March, Bolsover on Tuesday 14th March, Long Eaton on Wednesday 22nd March, Ashbourne on Tuesday 28th March and Glossop on Wednesday 29th March

All training sessions run from 9.30am until 3.15pm. There will also be more sessions running throughout 2017.

To book a place on the March training sessions please complete and return this booking form or for more information contact Richard Murrell, Befriending Champion Co-ordinator, on 01283 219761 or email champions@sdcvs.org.uk