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

27 Befriending Champions training and microgrant funding sessions have now been delivered since September 2017, with 164 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 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.