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!
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Term Two is under way and all reports point to some awesome fun being had - like at the improv class above. Plenty of sessions are running through July including:
- Bollywood for Beginners: Thurs 7 to 28 July
- Health Booster: Super Smoothies on Thur 14 July
- Gluten-free for Foodies: Exquisite Desserts on Sat 23 July
- Meet and Make Crafts: Macrame Pot Holders on Sat 30 July
To register for any of the courses above, head over to our store now!
Term Three is happening in August and September and the sessions will be available to book into from 27th June. Get ready for:
- Dance Taster sessions
- The Joy of Singing sessions
- "I know this much is true" How to tell stories that you own
- A Georgian Food Feast
- Fused Glass Windchimes and Suncatchers
Have you seen our new video? Check it out here to experience Sweet Skills for yourself.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Join the eFriends team to learn about your tablet or laptop computer and connecting online. This program is supported by Office of Multicultural Interests and is for people with a culturally and linguistically diverse background who have a disability or are a carer.
When: Tuesday mornings until 19 July
Where: Ethnic Disability and Advocacy Centre, 320 Rokeby Road Subiaco
What to bring: your tablet (e.g. iPad or Samsung Galaxy) or laptop computer*
*Some laptop computers will be available to borrow during sessions
Cost: one-time cost of $10 to participate in as many sessions as you like
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
We were honoured to be recognised as a finalist in the WACOSS Community Service Excellence Awards for 2016, in the Small Organisation category. A massive Befriendly thank you to everyone in the Befriend community - our members, volunteers and supporters! Congratulations to the winners, Coolbinia Bombers Junior Football Club.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
It's time to dust off those cowboy boots, find yourself a nice big hat and head on down to Befriend's best ever...Barn Dance! Line dance your way to Perth City Farm on Saturday 16th of July for Befriend's party of the year- and don't let the name deter you, if dancing's not your type of a howdy doody time, nothing beats a good ol' barn bash!
The Southern Cross Bush Band will be busting out an array of toe-tappin', thigh-slappin,' feel-good country tunes. Jump up for a boot-scoot if you're game, or hang around the Watering Hole and quench your thirst. Better yet, barnyard bites are included in the ticket because no one likes a hangry dance-off!
We are offering an early bird special for the first two weeks, buy before 21st May to get a cheaper ticket! http://www.trybooking.com/180713
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Last week was National Volunteer Week, and we took the chance to say a massive 'thank you' to all of our volunteers - Befriend couldn't deliver the events and training that we do without them! Some of team got together for a scavenger hunt on Saturday, exploring Perth, getting to know each other better and having a great time in the process!
Interested in joining our growing team of passionate volunteers who are helping to make Perth a more connected and inclusive place? Check out our volunteer roles here: http://befriend.org.au/team/ or give us a call on 0404 831 201 to see how you can get involved.