Sweet Skills is Back!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Building on the successes of the pilot course run late last year, we’ve created a program of exciting and quirky courses to be released at the beginning of February. This time Sweet Skills will run as six themed courses which match up to the most popular interest areas of Befriend members.  Here’s an exclusive sneak-peak at the courses on offer:

Courses will take place at central locations to the east and west of Perth from 15 March to 15 May.  You’ll be able to sign up to a full four-week course, or just to the sessions that really interest you.  Full details will be in our program which we’ll send out to mailing lists in early February, with registrations opening at the same time.  If you have any questions before then contact Kathleen at Enable JavaScript to view protected content..

Getting the Most out of your iPad and Smartphone

Friday, January 15, 2016

If you feel your iPad or smartphone are getting the better of you, join this hands-on workshop and learn how to outsmart your smart devices. Learn how to use your smartphone or iPad to enrich your life - rather than increase your frustration - in a safe and secure way. Bring your own device, questions and enthusiasm to have a go. 

This public workshop is being held on Friday 5 February, 10.00 am to 12.00 pm at The Meeting Place, 245 South Terrace, South Fremantle.

For more detail, click here

Looking for things to do over Christmas and New Year?

Monday, December 21, 2015

In addition to the Befriend events on Boxing Day and the 28th of December, we’ve put together a handy list of community events on Christmas Day through to New Year’s Day, just in case you’re looking for more events to get out and about.

Befriend's Success at the Funding Network

Monday, December 21, 2015

Befriend was selected as one of four finalists for the Perth Funding Network event held on the 25th of November 2015. Nick presented a 6-minute pitch to the audience of individuals, foundations and corporations with the aim of raising $10,000 – see his pitch here. Supporters in the audience included Befriend members Simone Diston and Tom Linden-Wood, along with Kathleen Burton, Claire Stokes and Lisa Dobrin.

The Starter Kit is a project that the Befriend Team has been working on, to provide mentoring services the enable more individuals to attend Befriend events and make social connections. The pitch that Nick presented was successful in driving members of the audience to pledge $11,500 towards the project, which will allow the Starter Kit to work with over 75 individuals to bring them into the Befriend community.

Sunday Summer Vibes at the Befriend Summer Sessions

Monday, December 21, 2015

We're kick-starting the year with a series of free events so you can get the most out of summer! Befriend Summer Sessions are casual social gatherings on Sunday afternoons at various parks around Perth. There'll be a local musician playing an acoustic set for your entertainment, and a couple of our volunteers cooking up a BBQ, so you can snack on a hotdog for a gold coin donation. Summer Sessions are a great way to get out and about on a Sunday afternoon, meet some new people, and get your year off to a sunny start! Whether you've been coming to Befriend events for years, or you're still yet to dive in, these events are perfect for everyone. Bring a friend or two, or the whole family! Look out for the Befriend flag!

Summer Sessions run January - March 2016, supported by the City of Subiaco, City of Joondalup and City of Fremantle. Check out the Events List or Facebook page for full details of all events in the series. 

Introducing the Hills Social Group - connecting people living in the Perth Hills

Monday, December 21, 2015

Looking for more opportunities to meet others living in the Perth Hills? We'd like to introduce you to the Hills Social Group! Started by Fleur Adams in early 2015, the Hills Social Group exists to encourage friendships between people in the Perth Hills (ie. living in the Darling Range) through various social events and get-togethers. Fleur started the group after seeing residents come together to help each other in the aftermath of last summer's bushfires. Once the recovery effort came to a close, Fleur saw that people were seeking a way to keep connecting with other Hills residents, to keep alive the sense of connection and community. This year, they have hosted events including a twilight walk of the Swan View Tunnel, picnics at Mundaring Weir and Noble Falls, and a bonfire night! 

Befriend members living in the Hills are very welcome to attend events of the Hills Social Group. We will be featuring their events in our monthly newsletter, to work together to connect more people everywhere in Perth. To join the Hills Social Group and view their upcoming events, search "Hills Social Events and Get Togethers" on Facebook. Membership is only open to those living in the Perth Hills (Darling Ranges). 

Next Hills Social Group Event: Champagne Breakfast @ Lake Leschenaultia, Sat Jan 16th, 9am. RSVP directly to "Hills Social Events and Get Togethers" via Facebook.

Introducing Megan Smith, Befriend's new Community Manager

Monday, December 21, 2015

Befriend would like to introduce Megan Smith, our new Community Manager! Megan has been a volunteer with Befriend since mid-2015, and in her new role, will be working on a range of projects to strengthen and grow the Befriend Community. 

You know that person you know that loves to organise activities for everybody, and always has every single detail planned out? Well, that’s Megan. She has a love of lists and helping people to have a great time, which is why she is so excited to join the Befriend Team in this role. Megan will be working across a range of areas which will include ensuring members are having the best possible experience at Befriend events, looking at ways we can create more opportunities to meet new people, and supporting our fantastic volunteers.

Megan wants to hear from you: what you love about Befriend, what you want to see on the event calendar, and any other ideas you have about making Befriend even better than it already is. So don’t be a stranger – drop her a line at Enable JavaScript to view protected content. or give her a call on 0404 831 201.