We know how tricky it can be to get out there and meet new people. We’ve all been there! Sometimes all you need is an opportunity… that’s where the Befriend Social Network comes in!

The Befriend Social Network is a vibrant, welcoming community of over 12,000 people who, like you, are all looking to meet new people, make a few friends and share a fun social experience with others. All around Perth, from Mandurah to Yanchep, Armadale to Caversham, people from all walks of life regularly get together to host and attend small, open-invitation gatherings, from board games to movie nights. They’re a fun, free and friendly way to sweeten your social life and experience something new.

So sing sea shanties, learn a language, picnic down by the river, bake brownies, sip tea, chat, read books, knit, craft, practice yoga, meditate… The Social Network is your opportunity to connect doing the things you love to do with others. All you need to do is be brave, turn up and be yourself!

Search for a group and rock up… simple!

There’s no costs, sign-up fees or paperwork to join The Befriend Social Network

Anyone is welcome to attend a community group, and anyone is welcome to host one. This really is a space for the community, led by the community, so there are no sign-up fees or paperwork and most gatherings are completely free or low cost.

The Social Network exists to make it easy for you to get connected doing the things you love doing, so you can just search for a group, rock up to one that takes your interest and meet like-minded people! It’s that simple.

All gatherings are listed on a free website called Meetup, where you can find dates, times, details, venue information and you can reach out to the group Host for any information about their gathering.

Getting set up on Meetup

All community gatherings are listed on a website called Meetup. It’s easy to use and doesn’t cost anything, so you’ll be up and running in no time

If you’re keen to explore some groups, then it’s definitely worth setting yourself up on Meetup.com by creating a free profile and then searching for a group called “The Befriend Social Network Perth”. Here, you can browse gatherings that are coming up over the next few weeks and if you find one you like, just click RSVP so the Host knows your coming! Easy peasy.

If you’re having trouble finding us on Meetup or setting yourself up with your profile, then get in touch with the team and we will put on our tech support headsets to try to help you out.

If you can’t find a group that takes your fancy, maybe it’s time to try hosting your own little gathering that brings people together!

Discover Befriend Events in your local area

1. Head over to www.meetup.com

2. In the top right corner of the screen, click ‘sign up’ and create a free Meetup profile

3. Once you are signed up with Meetup, search for “The Befriend Social Network Perth”

4. Click ‘Join this group’

5. Browse through the events calendar and RSVP to any thet you like the sound of!

6. Turn up, be yourself and have fun!

WHO’S THE HOSTEST WITH THE MOSTEST?

You are… you just don’t know it yet!

Hosting a gathering in The Befriend Social Network is an easy, flexible way to meet like-minded locals at a time, frequency and location of your choice, doing an activity that you love doing! Whether it’s a cycle around the river, a conversation group, a coffee at your favourite cafe or a book club… it’s entirely up to you! It’s your event, and whatever it is that you like doing, we’re certain there are others out there that would love to join you.

Bringing people together is one of the best ways you can support connection, in your own life and for others. Sure, it takes a little courage to put yourself out there and ask people to connect, but it can also be so rewarding to see a group flourish and bond together!

Getting started on your Hosting journey

You can bring people together to share a hobby, passion, new experience or just a cup of coffee. You do you.

To get started on your Befriendly Hosting journey, just reach out to our friendly Community Building team for a chat to explore your idea to bring people together! We’re lucky enough to have creative, supportive Community Builders located all over Perth, so if you let us know where you’re located, we’ll make sure the right person gets back to you!

Together, you can explore your creative community ideas, learn more about the basics of Hosting, get set up on Meetup to share your group, and take your first steps on your personal mission of connection.

To connect with our Community Building team for a conversation about how you can start hosting your own social group, please email , call or text the usual numbers, or fill out the form below and we’ll be in touch!

We know it might sound scary to put yourself out there like that, but we’re 100% here to support you on your journey. And you’re not alone; the Befriend community is lucky enough to have over 160 group Hosts who, like you, started out just wanting to get to meet new people in the local community.

We asked people to tell us what they love about being a part of the Befriend community

Here’s what they said.

Befriend has helped me to get out more and not just stay at home in front of the TV!

Befriend has connected me to diverse people that I would never have had the chance to socialise with if I had kept within my existing social circles. I am so grateful for this!

The Befriend community gives me hope for a brighter future in which all people are valued and belong

Befriend’s community makes me feel much more positive about the world. I almost always leave an event feeling warm in my gut, with a smile on my face. And when I think back to some of the conversations I’ve had with other members I get a grin on my face. It must look funny to others when I do it on public transport!

Since being a part of Befriend, I’m much better at spotting the shared humanness I have with others now, which makes me much less anxious about meeting new people in general.

Befriend makes you feel more connected with the people in your community, whenever you attend an event, simply by being there!