Humans of Befriend

At Befriend, we believe that stories can be a powerful way of getting to know and undertand a person a little more deeply. Stories help us learn about others, learn about our differences, but also our similarities. Based on the viral 'Humans of New York' campaign, Humans of Befriend was launched in October 2016 as a way to share stories of the unique, quirky and fascinating people of the Befriend Community. Our sneaky undercover Storytelling Agents may show up unexpectedly at a Befriend gathering, and choose someone to profile as a Human of Befriend (with their permission of course!) We've also added the amazing stories we heard while Clear Horizon conducted an evaluation into the impact Befriend makes. If you've got an interesting story to share and don't want to wait to be asked, drop us a line on 0404 831 201 or email Enable JavaScript to view protected content.

Making new friends

Thursday, August 17, 2017

I found Befriend through my employment agency who I was registered with quite a few years ago. From there I contacted Befriend; spoke directly with the wonderful Nick Maisey. Nick signed me up and from there I started going to Befriend events; the small events and the big events. Absolutely fantastic. One hundred per cent what I expected and met some new people, made some friends.

I enjoy … them very much, both the small events and the big events. I've been to some of the Café Café events. I've also been to the Befriend ball each year. I've been to some of the San Churro events because I love going to San Churro a lot. Just eating food, drinking and chatting to people who I meet through going to Befriend, which I think is a great thing for me to be doing because that way I'm hoping to make more new friends.

I'm going to start hosting events very soon. More food events like more dining events where we go to cafes, restaurants. I'm really passionate about food. I just went to the most recent Befriend orientation session for event hosts and event co-hosts. That went really well, so I'm going to start hosting in February hopefully.

[The most significant change for me is] making new friends in Perth… building on my social connections. When I first moved to Perth back in 2010 I didn’t have very many friends. When I’m not with friends or family I can feel a bit lonely and depressed… but after I started going to Befriend events I feel quite positive… I think they're very nice people. I've become friends with quite a few of them. Making new friends, meeting the people who I've met, having fun, keeping myself occupied, not being so lonely. When I’ve got company as long as I’m with them I’m always feeling happy.


Friday, November 4, 2016

“I graduated about 2 years ago in mechanical engineering, and I’m currently down here working in an engineering role. Originally I was only going to be in Perth for a few weeks, then a few months. Now I’ve been here about a year and a half!

I’ve travelled here and there, but I don’t think I could go back to living in one place. For some people, travelling is their comfort zone: they need that variety. Other people need certainty: they need to know where they’re going to put their head at night. It all really comes down to people’s personality.”


Friday, October 28, 2016

“I’m actually a painter at the moment, but I’m going into a paint company to start selling it as opposed to using it. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a little while, to get off the tools and just network and mingle with people. I’d been doing my trade for about 8 years, so I’m making a complete career transition. It’s a bit intimidating, but I’m going to take that risk, to start fresh and learn something new. We don’t all have to have the same career for our whole lives. Once I realised this, I thought wow, I actually have lots of freedom. When people get stuck in their jobs, it’s mostly fear. I think there’s always possibilities: you just have to push through that barrier.”


Friday, October 28, 2016


"My Dad was born in Morocco but grew up in Tuscany, Mum was born in Sydney and my sister and I were born in the UK. That's why I find it easy to pick up accents, we're from all over! I love different cultures. I'd like to learn some French one day, we've got a French lady at the Toy Library that I volunteer at, she's very interesting. I'd like to learn that language to get to talk with her better.

I get along with people really well, even people I don't know. I just say "Hi my name's Natalie!" I think I've got a great smile, I'm easy going. I just like talking to people."


Friday, October 28, 2016

“I’m trying to get into music and acting.”

“What kind of movies would you like to act in?”

“Action movies, like Olympus Has Fallen. I’d like to play a CIA agent.”


Friday, October 28, 2016

“My dad’s a horse fan and they’ve got a big horse-racing industry in Asia. We lived in Macau, which is a Portuguese colony on the south coast of China. Gambling is illegal in China, but not in Macau. It’s like the Las Vegas of Asia!

I’m quite used to being the ‘new person’, but I don’t have much faith in the longevity of friendships because I move a lot. When you live in a place like Macau, you’ve got a transient community coming through...and being white in a predominantly Chinese culture, you’re definitely ‘the other’. You tend to hang out more with the other white kids, but they’re only there for 18 months to 2 years because of their parents’ contracts. So I don’t think I find it hard to meet people, but I do find it hard to make friends with them.”