Befriend is a Perth-based social enterprise sparking connected, thriving communities. We’re currently looking for an experienced facilitator to design and deliver a series of community enrichment workshops in the Armadale and Gosnells area!
Since its launch twelve years ago, Befriend has grown to become a powerful change agent in the space of relationships and inclusion. Our grassroots community development initiatives have sparked 12,000+ West Australians to take action to nurture community connection, and our work in partnership with citizens, community organisations, researchers and government is changing the conversation around loneliness, isolation and social exclusion. We’re continuing to develop our capability to contribute towards systemic change.
About the Team
We are a small but mighty team, working in a fairly flat organisational structure, trusting and supporting each other to work autonomously and make informed decisions. We are avid learners, experimenters, collaborators and do-ers. We aspire to develop Befriend as a radically-inclusive, participatory organisation that values the contributions of all, and acts with intention to create spaces for autonomy, connection, growth and fun!
Through our grassroots work in local Perth communities, our community building team have been having energising conversations with local people, learning more about their aspirations for growing inclusive, connected communities. The insights from these conversations have helped us develop a strong focus on the ‘initial steps’ of someone’s journey contributing to their community and we’re keen to develop new ways of helping community members to identify their personal gifts and consider how they might connect, volunteer or contribute to their community. This might extend to supporting them to spark their own small community initiative or social group. We hope these first interactions will enable and empower people to give to their communities in diverse, personally-meaningful ways.
With one of our Community Building team members on maternity leave, we have a unique opportunity to experiment with a short series of enriching community workshops, building capacity and energy for community members to take action in their community. Drawing upon both community and organisational knowledge, our new Project Facilitator will hit the ground running, designing, delivering, and evaluating a short series of community workshops throughout the months of March – June. This in turn will offer us a rich container from which we can learn about this engagement method, and the ongoing potential for Befriend to expand upon this series.
The key responsibilities for this role:
Designing a series of community learning engagements – Collaborating with our community building team to understand the key content areas that we’d like to experiment with, and independently designing a short series of experimental engagements and workshops that meet community needs and aspirations
Hosting and Coordinating workshops and small-group learning experiences – Facilitating a number of community engagements in the Armadale & Gosnells communities , nurturing and coordinating partnerships with guest facilitators and content area experts to further support the delivery of these experiences
Impact evaluation – Designing and embedding a cohesive mechanism for evaluation of the series, drawing upon Befriend’s impact measurement frameworks
We expect this will involve:
- Developing creative discovery experiences – Developing creative processes and exercises for people to gain their own unique insights that lead them towards more impactful ways of engaging with community life
- Insight through reflection – Guiding individuals and groups through reflective processes that unlock new perspectives and discernment of new ways forward
- Relationship building – Nurturing strong relationships with everyone we encounter in this process, from attending community members, to guest collaborators, to the local government teams in the focus areas of Armadale and Gosnells
These types of experiences may take place in the context of learning & development workshops, small-group development sessions or informal discussions.
The Community is looking for:
- Someone who loves working creatively with people on a learning journey and has some deep experience doing this
- Someone who is connected to and involved in community life, and who can relate to others who yearn for this
- Someone who has a natural gift for holding warm spaces for reflection that lead people towards personal discovery
- Someone who has experience in learning content design, facilitation and evaluation
- A curious, deep listener who seeks to understand
- Someone hopeful and inherently optimistic, always seeing possibility and potential in all
- Someone who is mindful, that helps people slow down, develop awareness and engage more deeply and creatively
- Someone who is open-minded and open-hearted
- Able to self-manage and work autonomously
- Someone with short-term project delivery experience
- Experience living, working or playing in the Armadale / Gosnells area is preferable but not essential
- This is a full-time fixed-term contract until 30th June 2023
- Salary $64,958 pro rata plus superannuation
- A team of 16 change-makers, thinkers, do-ers and builders to support your thinking and creativity in this project. Read more about our team and work culture here.
Sound like you?
- We invite you to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to the Community Building Team by Sunday 29th January 2023, after which time, we may invite you to a conversation to learn more about you
- Please submit your EOI to
- In your EOI, we expect to learn more about you; what it is about this project that speaks to who you are as a person and the kinds of contributions you want to make to the world around you, and what gifts, strengths, capabilities and experience you hope to bring to this work.
Can’t commit to the role but would love to contribute as a guest facilitator?
We appreciate that this is a unique, short-term opportunity that won’t be suitable or feasible for everyone. If you’ve loved the sound of this project, and you’d like to be considered as a potential guest facilitator throughout the period of March – June, we’d love to stay in touch with you! Please fill out this form to register your interest. You may not hear back from us until our new colleague comes aboard (we anticipate this to be early March) after which time, they will be in touch.
- Applications close Sunday 29th January 2023 at 11:59pm
- We anticipate running interviews on the 6th and 7th of February 2023
We know that strength comes with diversity. We particularly encourage applicants from BIPoC (Black, Indigenous People of Colour) communities to apply for this position.
We are open to receiving creative proposals as to how this work may be undertaken from freelancers and consultants.
For questions about this role, please contact Development Facilitator Zena on 0490 926 554.