Befriending Week 2019

14 October 2019

Every year, Befriending Week is celebrated from 1-7 November and putting a spotlight on ‘Health and Wellbeing’ is this year’s theme.

Befriending Week 2019Befriending Week is a wonderful opportunity to raise awareness about the positive impact befriending makes in communities and in people’s lives. It is also a time to share with the wider public what befriending is, who it is for, how to get involved and the ways in which your organisation is tackling loneliness and social isolation through befriending.

This year's theme, 'Health & Wellbeing', encompasses how befriending can improve the health & wellbeing of both the befriendee and the befriender, ensuring the health & wellbeing of your organisation and its staff remains strong, and new research into technology, loneliness, community engagement, social prescribing and other topics surrounding health & wellbeing in its widest sense. Use #befriendingwell to join in the conversation on social media.

How can you celebrate?

  • Download the Befriending Week Resources:
    Befriending Networks have put together a Resource Pack and other helpful resources including Social Media Posts, Facebook Cover, Twitter Banner, Certificates, Pledge Cards, Templates & more. Available to download here. 

  • Share your stories:
    Befriending Networks will feature 2 stories a day on their website & social media. In past years, stories have been picked up by the press and generated significant media coverage. To be considered for a feature, send a 1 page (max) story about a match, befriendee, befriender or staff member with photo to Muriel and Peggy.

  • Share your plans:
    Tell Befriending Networks your plans for the week and tag them in your social media posts. Facebook: @BefriendingNetworks, Twitter: @Befriendingnet