Befriending Champion Training available

25th July 2016
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Befriending Champion Training and Microgrant Funding available

Derbyshire County Council is providing funding until December 2017 to recruit, train and support community Befriending Champions across Derbyshire and to provide a microgrant to support local groups/individuals to develop small scale local projects that reduce loneliness and isolation.

Richard Murrell, the Befriending Champion Co-ordinator who is based at South Derbyshire CVS, said “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. We want to encourage people in the local community to attend the training to become a Befriending Champion. We also want local people to come with ideas to develop small scale projects that can be assisted by the microgrant. These ideas may include setting up or developing a good neighbour initiative, a social group, or maybe a self-help group.”

The half-day Befriending Champion training is free to anyone active in their local area, whether an employee or a volunteer, and 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 awareness session. Four training sessions are planned across the County during the Autumn – dates and venues to follow soon!

To find out more please contact Richard on 01283 219761 or email richm@sdcvs.org.uk. He’ll be very happy to hear from you!