Thursday, June 22, 2017
The eFriends program has become part of the Social Network permanently! The Calendar now features two new types of events to help you
use technology to connect with others:
- Tech Skill-Sharer Events: Giving you the opportunity to learn from the techsperts in a relaxed, friendly and social environment. Why don’t you join Sam's "Coffee and the The Cloud" event or learn how to add events to your calendar with Boaz?
- Befriend Signature Tech Events: Learn about a specific social networking platform during a free, interactive workshop developed and delivered by the Befriend Team. Come along on Friday 14 July (Kwinana) or Saturday 29 July (Leederville) and learn how to safely and effectively connect with others before, during and after events using Meetup.
Thursday, June 22, 2017
From coffee shops, parks and beaches, to community centres, heritage listings and the golf course, Kwinana is home to a fantastic range of community spaces and an equally diverse and engaging community. So what better place to fledge a new hub for Befriend!
There are now five Event Hosts in the Kwinana area, each with some great ideas for getting people together and enjoying themselves, including music, food, drinks, crochet, volleyball and more!
Steph, Kwinana resident and serial crochet and knitter, has started a Befriend Crochet & Knitting Club and is willing to teach beginners, providing needles and wool for your first project, or just have a good ‘yarn’ and work on more challenging or charitable projects if you already know how it’s done.
Nancy, Rockingham resident and event finder extraordinaire, enjoys music and good food so invites us all to join her for pub lunches and some great live music!
Across six different Kwinana events in June alone, Befriend saw over 30 people and we hope for just as much wonderful company in July.
Don't miss the knitting, eating, teching and chatting events in the Kwinana are in July!
Thursday, June 22, 2017
Befriend has been chosen to represent Australia at the Social Enterprise World Forum to be held in New Zealand this September. Kathleen will be heading over on a scholarship to share how we think our Social Network creates inclusive communities, and will be joined by 5 other West Australian organisations including our friends at Inspirationery. Thanks to all our members who watched and liked the video submission!
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Think you know your movies? Put your movie trivia to the test, by tackling a whole host of questions from movie titles and stars, to classic quotes, fun facts and more. There'll be plenty of movie clips to test movie buffs of all ages and tastes, as you laugh, cry, scream and fondly reminisce your way down memory lane.
As the winter chill sets in and the temperature drops, we'll have the hot cocoa on the brew, and the buttery popcorn a-poppin,' so you can rock up in your uggies, pyjamas, even a onezie if you're feelin' fancy. This is one event where you can certainly choose comfort over class, it's a big night in!
When: Saturday 6th May, 7PM-10PM
Where: Mount Hawthorn Community Centre
Cost: $25 per ticket, or $180 for a table of 8
Dress Code: Pyjamas (Optional)
BYO food to share with your table (some light snacks will be provided). Cash bar will be open for your enjoyment of a Saturday evening tipple.
Bring your friends, or meet some fab new ones. Book a full table of 8, or with a group of any size, and we'll help fill tables.
All proceeds support Befriend's ongoing work to influence a more inclusive, connected Perth.
The Befriend Team
0404 831 201
Ssshh...the show's about to start!
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Befriend are trying something new: we're bring eFriends and the Social Network together by holding a series of casual social events with a tech element! We'd love you to be part of this process by attending and letting us know what you think. Check out the "Afternoon Tea & Tech" and "Perfectly Percolated PowerPoint Presentations" in this month's newsletter, or contact Katie on 0434 556 564 for more information.
Friday, March 3, 2017
During February, I had the privilege of travelling to Auckland to attend the ImagineBetter Annual Assembly. This conference was entitled, "Will you Friend Me? Social Capital and the Value of Relationships" What a perfect conference for me to attend on behalf of Befriend!
Speakers Al Condeluci and Janet Klees facilitated two days of enlightening workshops to dive deep into the immense value that our relationships have for our lives. I learned more about Social Capital, Social Influence Theory and Social Role Valorisation, and how these theories can be applied practically to enable people to build genuine, lasting relationships. Lifelong learning is really important to us, to continue developing and evolving Befriend to be as effective as it can possibly be in enabling people to be connected, and live good lives. The connections I made were equally valuable, strengthening our global network of peers and allies. My few days in Auckland also gave me the opportunity to catch up with my good friend Grace, who showed me some of the sights, including this pic of us at the top of One Tree Hill. I've returned home to Perth filled with inspiration, ideas and hope for a bright future for the Befriend Community.
Friday, March 3, 2017
You may remember our exciting news from January about winning a grant to develop the Social Network in the Kwinana area? Part of this opportunity included funding for a new position of Community Builder. After a series of great applicants and interviews we found our winner! Jodie is a Kwinana local with extensive volunteering history (and present volunteering roles!), a passion for helping people connect, a garden of fruit trees and a hermit crab! She started with Befriend this week and has fitted right in. Welcome Jodie!
"Hi my name is Jodie and I am excited to be joining the Befriend team as Community Builder in Kwinana and surrounds. I enjoy a nice green tea, fresh food, good company, team sports and great community spirit. I regularly find all these things in Kwinana and I look forward to sparking, sharing and connecting with more people and events in our community. Come and say hello and join in at my first event Social Indoor Beach Volleyball in Port Kennedy on Friday March 24, 6:00pm – 7:30pm. Social, sandy and fun!"
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Adding to the celebratory feeling of the festive season in December was the news that our application for a Community Inclusion and Participation grant was successful! THis grant will allow us to focus on developing the Befriend Social Network in the southern suburbs (Kwinana area & surrounds)!
We were featured us in the Telegraph Newspaper last week and the response we've had shows the community are equally excited to have us in town!
The grant also gives us the funding to employ a part-time Project Officer "Community Builder" for the next 12 months. If all goes to plan, a year from now we'll have a team of 6-10 new Kwinana-based Event Hosts, regular events happening in the area and hundreds of new members connected. To every potential member who has told us that Befriend is just what you need, but isn't happening in your area...this win is for you.
Applications for the Community Builder position can be found here or under Get To Know Us. Please do check it out, and consider if you or someone you know might be ideal for this opportunity!
Friday, October 14, 2016
The Great Gatsby Ball is nearly here!
It's time to break out the sequins and shiny shoes, it's here at last! The Befriend Annual Ball is fast approaching! Tickets to our Great Gatsby themed annual ball are on sale now! Celebrate with us in the utmost style at the Novotel Hotel on Saturday the 29th October. No matter what you wear, if you're a seasoned Befriend member or it's your first ever event, come prepared for a night of fun, food, frivolity, and friends.
BUY TICKETS at www.trybooking.com/LXBP
We have three great pre-ball events to come along to!
The Great Gatsby headwear and pocket-square craft session is running again this month to compliment your ball styling! Join Kat on Saturday 15th of October 12:30pm-2:30pm and create your very own Gatsby inspired headpiece, or add an eye-catching accessory to your suit with a pocket-square! Have a look at the Meetup event and RSVP if you'd like to come along! https://www.meetup.com/Befriend-Inc-Social-Club/events/234290292/
Ladies Day and Blokes at the Bar
We have two events the day of the ball, so you can meet and mingle with a few people before stepping into the beauty and brilliance of the Ball.
Ladies Day is a chance for a chat and a bit of pampering. Nails, hair, and make-up services are available, as well as snacks and drinks. Check out the event page for the cost for each service. RSVPs are essential https://www.meetup.com/Befriend-Inc-Social-Club/events/234343976/
Blokes at the Bar is a casual get together before the bar at the Notovel 5 sense lounge. Don't know many people going to the ball? Doesn't matter! This event is for all men heading to the ball to come mingle before it commences. https://www.meetup.com/Befriend-Inc-Social-Club/events/234344004/
See you all on the dance floor!
Friday, September 30, 2016
Befriend would like to welcome Elizabeth into the role of Community Manager! Elizabeth brings with her a background in management and support work, and a passion for supporting social connection.
Hi everyone! It's only been a few weeks, but with such a welcoming community I'm settling into the role quickly! I'm a support worker by trade and a big talker by nature, and I can't wait to meet more of you at Befriend events. I'll be hosting my own monthly event starting in October, so I can get feedback directly from the Befriend community. I'd love you to come along and tell me what Befriend means to you!