Does your organisation have the capabilities to successfully enable people to be present in valued social roles, have natural relationships and a true sense of inclusion and belonging in the community? Do the people who access your services have significant life roles, friendships and strong connections in their community, or do they only have support workers who they do activities with?
Enabling people to have true friendships and strong connections in their community does not come easily. It doesn't happen by chance. It comes about through effective, strategic, structured approaches.
Befriend support community service staff to take an effective, evidence-based, intentional approach to enabling people to develop natural relationships and connections within their community.
Your organisation can work with Befriend through a range of ways:
The Befriend Team can deliver in-house professional development workshops to support your staff to develop their capabilities in topics including relationship-building, social inclusion, community connections and digital inclusion. Learn more about our Signature Workshops Here.
Ongoing Staff Coaching & Consultation
If your service-users are seeking easy, inclusive opportunities to meet new people, have fun social experiences and expand their social network, look no further than the Befriend Social Network, Perth's largest inclusive social network. With over 5,500 members and 30+ inclusive social gatherings each month across Perth, there are plenty of opportunities for your service users (and staff!) to get connected. Learn more about the Befriend Social Network Here.
Or, take a look at our Signature Workshops.
Partner in Profile: Avivo
Avivo work in partnership with people and families to plan and provide the supports they choose to 'live life.' Avivo recognise the importance of relationships as a key determinant in living a meaningful, enjoyable life, and sought out a partnership with Befriend to enable people to have more choice and control when it came to meeting new people and forming connections in the community.
Since 2013, Avivo and Befriend have worked in partnership to enable the social connectedness and inclusion of Avivo service users, and support the development of staff capabilities.
The Avivo-Befriend partnership currently encompasses working in close partnership with Avivo staff and customers within a chosen geographical area through a number of mechanisms: