If you’re new to Befriend and you’ve got a question for us, have a search below to see if we can answer it for you. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, then just reach out to us by email, phone or text and we will come back to you as soon as we can!


What is a Befriend member?

Our definition of a Befriend Member is anyone who is meaningfully engaged and involved with Befriend. Maybe you attend a gathering in The Befriend Social Network every now and then, or maybe you attend regularly. Maybe you just follow us on Facebook, or open our newsletter every now and then. Those things make you a member. It’s really that simple.

So, how do I join?

There’s nothing you need to do to join. Being a Befriend member is just about being present and engaging with Befriend in some way, so if you follow us on social media, follow The Befriend Social Network on Meetup, attend or host an event, or receive our monthly newsletter, we consider you a valued part of the Befriend fam and a welcomed member! There’s no sign up, no forms, no fees… just you, your community and us! If you’re keen to participate in a local gathering, then you’ll need to create a free Meetup account so you can see all event information and RSVP – but other than that, there’s nothing to do. Easy peasy.

How much does a Befriend event cost?

It’s FREE! The Befriend Social Network is free to join and has no ongoing membership fees.

Whilst most groups have no cost to them, some may ask for a small contribution. For example, a Host may be hiring out a hall or room to host their craft gathering and will ask for a small donation of a few dollars to cover the cost. But generally speaking, most events are free to attend except for any food and beverages you might wish to purchase on the day!

What is a “Host”?

A Host is the name we give to the wonderful community members who initiate and host a group or gathering within The Befriend Social Network. These superstars are people just like you; mums, dads, teachers, students, artists, musicians, collectors, board game enthusiasts, nature-lovers, foodies… just everyday humans in the Perth community who want to connect with others through a shared social experience.

Who can become a Host?

Absolutely anyone over the age of 18! All you need to do is reach out to our Community Building team for an exploratory conversation, so we can get your started on your Hosting journey. We have friendly Community Builders located all around Perth and they’re there to support you in bringing your creative community idea to life! To get in touch with the team for a chat, click here!

How do I find groups taking place near me?

Hosts list their event on a website called Meetup. It’s easy to use, free to create a profile and simple to look at all the events taking place across Perth! Whilst there isn’t an easy way to see events geographically, Hosts usually list the location of the event in the title.

You can also head over to the map on our homepage where you can look at the red pins, which mark events taking place in that area over the next 7 days.

If none of this floats your boat, then just give us a call or text and we can help you find a local event you might be interested in!

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I can’t see any events I want to go to / that are happening near me. What now?

All groups taking place across The Befriend Social Network are run by local community members around Perth who have a desire and passion for getting to know people in their local community. These wonderful humans are called Hosts. Our role as an organisation is really about supporting those local people and their groups to thrive.

We aren’t able to control which events take place, when, or where they happen, as it really takes a community member just like you to put their hand up to give hosting a local group a go!

So, if there’s nothing happening in your neighbourhood that takes your fancy, you might need to travel to another suburb to find something, or, hey, maybe it’s time for you to bring The Befriend Social Network to your ‘hood and become a Host so you can put on your own group!

I am a carer of someone who might really enjoy participating in The Befriend Social Network. How can I connect them with you?

Thanks for thinking of us – we’d love to share more information about Befriend with anyone who has a yearning for community, is keen to experience new things, or just wants to sweeten their social life. The best way to connect us is to pass on our contact information or send them a link to our website. They’d be welcome to email, call, text, or even direct message on our social accounts! Once we’ve heard from them, a Befriendly Community Builder can get in touch for a chat and see what we can do to support their connectedness!

Are support workers and carers welcome to attend a group too?

Of course! Befriend groups really are a welcoming, comfortable space for anyone to pop along to, so if you’re supporting someone who is keen to get out and socialise, you’d be very welcome to accompany them and participate as much or as little as you’d like. You do you!

How will I know who the Host is when I get to the venue?

Look for a yellow Befriend flag or a yellow table topper! Once a Host completes our Host training workshop, they receive a flag and/or table topper to help their group stand out from the crowd! Many Hosts are available to contact via Meetup too, so once you’ve RSVP’d to a gathering, you could always reach out to say hello and warmly introduce yourself.

Can young people and children attend?

Generally speaking, Befriend groups are for adults over the age of 18. There might be the occasional event where this isn’t the case (e.g. a picnic or end-of-year celebration) but broadly speaking, the Befriend Social Network is for adults looking to make new connections.

How many people usually go to a gathering?

Groups are generally small gatherings of between 3-15 people. It varies, depending on the activity and sometimes, how long the group has been running.


How does Befriend receive funding?

Befriend is what’s known as a “non-profit social enterprise”. This means we receive funding from peak bodies and local governments to undertake impactful community development initiatives. Some of these initiatives are place-based, enabling us to recruit a Community-Builder in a specific area around WA who can support local connections at a very grassroots level. Other initiatives are more complex and experimental, like our Open Communities work around Australia or our recent pilot podcast series.

We also have our Befriend Consulting services, supporting our partners and community organisations with the design and development of innovative, contemporary approaches to inclusion and connectedness.

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I work for a community organisation and I’m keen to collaborate on a project!

We value collaboration and partnerships with organisations who share our passion for community connectedness, inclusion and authenticity, so we’d welcome a conversation with you to see how we might work together, to bring people together. Just drop us an email on and someone will get back to you!

I have a question that hasn’t been answered here

You’d be very welcome to give us a call, text or email and we will do our best to answer your questions for you!