18 Befriending Champions training and microgrant funding sessions have been delivered since September 2016. From those sessions 118 people have become new Befriending Champions, with 83 people attending for the microgrant session and 106 attending the Dementia Friends Information Session.

There have been three sessions in Swadlincote and Chesterfield, two in Whaley Bridge, Bolsover, Ripley, Glossop and Long Eaton and one in Ashbourne and Hatton. Each session covered the following:

  • Dementia Friends Information Session – learning about dementia and how to help create dementia friendly communities
  • Befriending Champions training session – finding out what it is to be a Befriending Champion, the skills needed and how to carry out the role
  • Microgrant funding information/workshop session – support to develop project ideas that reduce isolation and loneliness in Derbyshire, how to apply for the microgrant, and help to access other sources of local funding.

The next four sessions will take place in:

·         Long Eaton on Wednesday 5th July

·         Bakewell on Tuesday 11th July

·         Bolsover on Wednesday 12th July and

·         Ripley on Wednesday 19th July.


To book a place please contact Richard Murrell, Trusted Befriending Network Co-ordinator, on 01283 219761 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..