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!
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 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!