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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 

Sweet Skills is Back!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Building on the successes of the pilot course run late last year, we’ve created a program of exciting and quirky courses to be released at the beginning of February. This time Sweet Skills will run as six themed courses which match up to the most popular interest areas of Befriend members.  Here’s an exclusive sneak-peak at the courses on offer:

Courses will take place at central locations to the east and west of Perth from 15 March to 15 May.  You’ll be able to sign up to a full four-week course, or just to the sessions that really interest you.  Full details will be in our program which we’ll send out to mailing lists in early February, with registrations opening at the same time.  If you have any questions before then contact Kathleen at Enable JavaScript to view protected content..

Getting the Most out of your iPad and Smartphone

Friday, January 15, 2016

If you feel your iPad or smartphone are getting the better of you, join this hands-on workshop and learn how to outsmart your smart devices. Learn how to use your smartphone or iPad to enrich your life - rather than increase your frustration - in a safe and secure way. Bring your own device, questions and enthusiasm to have a go. 

This public workshop is being held on Friday 5 February, 10.00 am to 12.00 pm at The Meeting Place, 245 South Terrace, South Fremantle.

For more detail, click here

Looking for things to do over Christmas and New Year?

Monday, December 21, 2015

In addition to the Befriend events on Boxing Day and the 28th of December, we’ve put together a handy list of community events on Christmas Day through to New Year’s Day, just in case you’re looking for more events to get out and about.

Befriend's Success at the Funding Network

Monday, December 21, 2015

Befriend was selected as one of four finalists for the Perth Funding Network event held on the 25th of November 2015. Nick presented a 6-minute pitch to the audience of individuals, foundations and corporations with the aim of raising $10,000 – see his pitch here. Supporters in the audience included Befriend members Simone Diston and Tom Linden-Wood, along with Kathleen Burton, Claire Stokes and Lisa Dobrin.

The Starter Kit is a project that the Befriend Team has been working on, to provide mentoring services the enable more individuals to attend Befriend events and make social connections. The pitch that Nick presented was successful in driving members of the audience to pledge $11,500 towards the project, which will allow the Starter Kit to work with over 75 individuals to bring them into the Befriend community.

Sunday Summer Vibes at the Befriend Summer Sessions

Monday, December 21, 2015

We're kick-starting the year with a series of free events so you can get the most out of summer! Befriend Summer Sessions are casual social gatherings on Sunday afternoons at various parks around Perth. There'll be a local musician playing an acoustic set for your entertainment, and a couple of our volunteers cooking up a BBQ, so you can snack on a hotdog for a gold coin donation. Summer Sessions are a great way to get out and about on a Sunday afternoon, meet some new people, and get your year off to a sunny start! Whether you've been coming to Befriend events for years, or you're still yet to dive in, these events are perfect for everyone. Bring a friend or two, or the whole family! Look out for the Befriend flag!

Summer Sessions run January - March 2016, supported by the City of Subiaco, City of Joondalup and City of Fremantle. Check out the Events List or Facebook page for full details of all events in the series. 

Introducing the Hills Social Group - connecting people living in the Perth Hills

Monday, December 21, 2015

Looking for more opportunities to meet others living in the Perth Hills? We'd like to introduce you to the Hills Social Group! Started by Fleur Adams in early 2015, the Hills Social Group exists to encourage friendships between people in the Perth Hills (ie. living in the Darling Range) through various social events and get-togethers. Fleur started the group after seeing residents come together to help each other in the aftermath of last summer's bushfires. Once the recovery effort came to a close, Fleur saw that people were seeking a way to keep connecting with other Hills residents, to keep alive the sense of connection and community. This year, they have hosted events including a twilight walk of the Swan View Tunnel, picnics at Mundaring Weir and Noble Falls, and a bonfire night! 

Befriend members living in the Hills are very welcome to attend events of the Hills Social Group. We will be featuring their events in our monthly newsletter, to work together to connect more people everywhere in Perth. To join the Hills Social Group and view their upcoming events, search "Hills Social Events and Get Togethers" on Facebook. Membership is only open to those living in the Perth Hills (Darling Ranges). 

Next Hills Social Group Event: Champagne Breakfast @ Lake Leschenaultia, Sat Jan 16th, 9am. RSVP directly to "Hills Social Events and Get Togethers" via Facebook.