Befriending Champions - the 'eyes and ears' of the local community

24 Befriending Champions training and microgrant funding sessions have now been delivered since September 2017, with 155 people now Befriending Champions, and 107 people made aware of the Microgrant funding. In addition to this 136 people have also become Dementia Friends. The sessions have been held in Swadlincote, Whaley Bridge, Chesterfield, Glossop, Bolsover, Bakewell, Ripley, Long Eaton and Ashbourne. Specially arranged sessions were also delivered to Hatton Parish Council members, Glossop CCG Practices and members of the community in Melbourne. While some sessions were Befriending Champions training only, the majority of sessions 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: support to develop project ideas that reduce isolation and loneliness in Derbyshire, how to apply for the microgrant and other sources of local funding.

There are currently no more Befriending Champions training sessions planned, but we would be happy to run a bespoke session for your staff and/or volunteers. All you need to provide is a room and some willing participants.

If you would like to book a session, or want to find out more please contact Richard or Helen in the Trusted Befriending Network Team on 01283 219761 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Befriending Champions Microgrant funding - call for final applications for 2017

Befriending Champions microgrant funding is for projects or activities anywhere in Derbyshire (excluding Derby City) that help people to be less lonely and isolated. Projects might include, for example, setting up or developing a good neighbour initiative, a social group, befriending or other activities that bring adults of any age together to reduce social isolation. Successful applicants will be expected to attend (or have attended) a half-day Befriending Champions training session. Grants of up to £1,000 are available.

The final deadline for applications to be submitted for 2017 is THURSDAY 30TH NOVEMBER 2017. Any applications must reach us by then so that they can be considered by the Panel on Wednesday 13th December 2017.

How to apply

To apply you will need to send us a completed application form along with a copy of your governing document (constitution or memorandum and articles of association) and a copy of a recent (not more than 3 months old) bank statement in the name of your organisation. Please read the Guidelines before completing your application.  If you would like an application form or want more information please contact Richard Murrell, Trusted Befriending Network Co-ordinator at South Derbyshire CVS, on Tel: 01283 219761 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

To find out more please click here: Befriending Champions Microgrant Guidelines June 2017.