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Sweet Skills Term 2 is Coming!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Sweet Skills Term One has been a big success- we’ve seen lots of smiling faces and heard many interesting conversations, enjoyed full bellies, appreciated beautiful crafts, and admired some killer dance moves.

In the first week of May we’ll release the Sweet Skills Term Two program, due to run in June and July.  Here’s a Sneak peek of what you can expect:

-        Improvised Comedy

-        Macrame Hanging Pot Holders

-        Fermented Foods

-        A Capella singing

-        Burger Masterclass

-        Bollywood dancing

-        Plus a lot more!

So be sure to read the Term Two program and register ASAP- in Term One we’ve seen very strong demand from participants with most of our classes sold out or close to selling out.  It’s going to be super sweet!

 

Upcoming eFriends Public Workshops and Events

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Your Child's Life on Social Media Workshop 

A National Family Week Event

Help your child or teenager to grow confident using social media by building your own knowledge of the internet. Join Claire Stokes of The eFriends Project and learn how to nurture a culture of online safety in your home, privacy and security settings of social networking sites, potential risk of using social media, and where to go for help. If you have a mobile device such as a smartphone or tablet, bring it along to use in the workshop. 

When: Sunday 15 May, 10.00am to 12.00pm 

Cost: $23

Venue: The Meeting Place, Fremantle

Book here: http://www.fremantle.wa.gov.au/community/meeting-place/enrolment-information

Tea & Tech: an eFriends Event for Seniors

A Go Digi Pop-Up Festival Event

The eFriends Project invites seniors from around Perth to join experienced trainers for some morning tea and advice about technology. Whether you're a beginner and want help choosing a device, or already have a device (computer, laptop, tablet, smartphone) and need a few tips, come along and have your questions answered. There will be some devices to try and people to talk to about all things tech, for example changing your device's settings, using Google, finding videos and music online, finding apps for you, learning online, and anything else that you might find interesting about technology. 

When: Saturday 21 May, 9.30am - 12.00pm

Venue: The Warehouse Cafe, Shenton Park

Cost: Free (optional gold coin donation)

Connect with Others Online, Safely!

Join this interactive workshop to learn how to safely connect with others online through emailing, Facebook, Skype, and other social networking and communication tools. Ensure you know exactly what the public can see by checking privacy and security settings on Facebook. Go away with lots of safety tips and tricks to incorporate into everyday online activities.

When: Tuesday 31 May, 12.00pm to 2.00pm

Cost: Free (registration required)

Venue: John Wellard Community Centre, Kwinana

Book here: http://www.kwinana.wa.gov.au/johnwellard

Vote for Befriend's Nick Maisey in the People's Choice Award at this year's WA Volunteer of the Year Awards!

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Nick Maisey, Founder and Director of Befriend Inc, is one of the nominees for the People's Choice Award at this year's WA Volunteer of the Year Awards! He needs your vote to win! http://awards.volunteeringwa.org.au/peoples-choice

Nick started Befriend in 2009 with a sausage sizzle in the park and a vision to create a society where everyone feels included and belongs, regardless of who they are. Six years later, Befriend has grown into a community of more than 4,200 people with greater connection in Perth. A vote for Nick is a vote for Befriend - please take 2 seconds to vote for Nick in the People's Choice Award - http://awards.volunteeringwa.org.au/peoples-choice

Thank you from everyone in the Befriend community! 

Help us make Befriend Be-Better for you!

Friday, April 8, 2016

Want to tell us about your experience at Befriend, or have ideas about how we can be better? We've just launched the annual Befriend Be-Better survey, so now's your chance! Your answers will help us to understand the impact of our work, and improve how we connect people in Perth.

As thanks for completing the survey, you can go into the draw to win fantastic prizes such as a FREE ticket to the 2016 Befriend Ball, Sweet Skills vouchers and more!

The survey should only take 5-10 minutes to complete. All answers and information provided will be kept confidential. Click here to complete the survey.

Back to School - the Befriend Quiz Fundraiser

Friday, April 8, 2016

Sharpen those pencils and straighten up your socks! Join the Befriend Team for a Back To School themed fundraiser Quiz that will put you to the test on all your fave school subjects. $30/ticket or $200 for a table of 8. The tuck shop will also open its roller-shutter for all your canteen needs (plus a cash bar for alcoholic beverages...we're adults now). Tickets available here.

Your Child's Life on Social Media - Public Workshop 

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Help your child or teenager to grow confident using social media by building your own knowledge of the internet. Join Claire Stokes of The eFriends Project and learn how to nurture a culture of online safety in your home, privacy and security settings of social networking sites, potential risk of using social media, and where to go for help. If you have a mobile device such as a smartphone or tablet, bring it along to use in the workshop.

This public workshop is being held on Sunday 15 May, 10.00 am to 12.00 pm at The Meeting Place, 245 South Terrace, South Fremantle.

Cost: $23.00

Further information and enrolments here: http://www.fremantle.wa.gov.au/tmp

The eFriends Project hosts Go Digi Pop-Up Event

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

As part of the National Year of Digital Inclusion, The eFriends Project will be hosting an event in the Go Digi Pop-Up Festival on Saturday 21 May. Details are to be confirmed, but check back here and on Facebook for details in the coming weeks.

Neighbour Day - On-the-Green

Friday, February 19, 2016

Befriend is excited to partner with All We Need is Right Here and the Hills Social Group to celebrate 2016 Neighbour Day with a family-friendly picnic in Kalamunda on Sunday the 3rd of April. Neighbour Day is a chance to celebrate the important role good neighbours play in growing healthy, connected communities. Invite along your friends, family, neighbours, or come along and meet some new people from your local area! This event is proudly supported by Relationships Australia (WA), the Home of Neighbour Day

Please note the date has been updated since our February newsletter!

Date: Sunday, 3rd April, 2016
Location: Stirk Park, Kalamunda
Time: 3-6pm
What: Bring a picnic rug and enjoy an afternoon in the sun. There'll be local entertainers performing on stage all afternoon, food vans, icecream and hot drinks, garden games, a petting zoo and more!

Meet Leisa, one of our Wonderful Sweet Skills Instructors

Friday, February 19, 2016

Leisa fell in love with Befriend when she was working on the eFriends Project two years ago, and since then, has kept up to date with all things Befriend-related.

When the opportunity came up to share her passion and business of using art to connect with the Befriend community, Leisa jumped at it, running a Fused Glass Jewellery course in the 2015 Sweet Skills pilot. “It was so great to see how the group got to know each other over the four weeks of the course – they became more comfortable with each other, and the conversation naturally started to flow. My favourite moment was seeing the pride in the group when they got to see their completed jewellery, and the way they shared what they had made with each other.”

Leisa is excited to be running the Meet and Make Craft course, which starts in April. Leisa will be showing you how to make mosaicked pots, homemade candles, rag rugs and dream catchers. Sign up here

Spreading the Word About Befriend in the WA Media

Friday, February 5, 2016

It's only February, but Befriend has already featured a story on WA Today and made it onto the cover of Blooming Minds eMag. Check out the articles below to learn a little more about the Befriend story and our founder Nick Maisey!

WA Today article

Blooming Minds eMag