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Derbyshire Trusted Befriending Network

Befriending services are offered through voluntary organisations. They provide opportunities for social interaction if you are feeling isolated through illness, disability, mental illness, old age or social disadvantage.

A befriender can offer you:

  • someone to talk to who will listen to you
  • someone to go out for a coffee or tea with
  • someone to share a leisure activity with
  • someone to attend a group with you

Derbyshire Trusted Befriending Network ensures that isolated and vulnerable adults across Derbyshire are able to find befriending services. The network is made up of different organisations across the county who can provide befriending services.

All organisations who are part of the network have been quality-approved, so people accessing these services can be confident that they are safe and well run.

The Trusted Befriending Network is managed by South Derbyshire Community and Voluntary Service (CVS) and they maintain directory of trusted befriending providers in Derbyshire. The directory is attached to this page.

Or use the Derbyshire Trusted Befriending Network directory to find befriending services in your area.

Be a befriender

You could become a befriender as a volunteer.

Become a befriending champion

You can apply to be a befriending champion if you work or volunteer in a community setting or are a member of a community group or club. You need to enjoy talking to and listening to people from all walks of life.

Become part of the Trusted Befriending Network as an organisation

Membership of the Derbyshire Trusted Befriending Network is free. It is open to any organisation delivering befriending services in Derbyshire. Members must have achieved, or be working towards, the Derbyshire Trusted Befriending Network quality standard. Please contact the network coordinator:

tel: 01283 219761

New research shows the value of befriending

Our Trusted Befriending Network has launched the findings of new research into the value and impact of voluntary befriending services.

The report, Befriending in Derbyshire - An Independent Assessment of its Value and Impact, which was launched on November 1, found that:

  • loneliness and isolation does not just make people unhappy − it also has a serious impact on physical and mental health and life expectancy
  • those who receive support from befriending services say that it reduces isolation and improves their social and community connection, independence and wellbeing
  • more than 1,100 lonely and isolated people across Derbyshire benefit from over 70,000 hours of befriending support given by 765 volunteers from 28 befriending services − if they were all paid for the time they give, this would cost £762,000
  • for every £1 spent on providing volunteering services the social benefits and cost savings to other services are worth £8.59.

Find out more by about befriending and read the report.

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.

Applicants will need to detail how their project or activity meets two or more of the following the criteria:

  • reaching out to people in the local community who are lonely or isolated.
  • supporting people in the local community who are lonely or isolated.
  • improving the quality of life of lonely or isolated people in Derbyshire.

What kind of things can a microgrant pay for?

Any costs directly involved in making your project or activities happen, including:

  • equipment
  • activity costs
  • hiring a venue and
  • volunteer out of pocket expenses.

The final deadline for applications to be submitted for 2017 is Thursday 30 November 2017. Any applications must reach us by then so that they can be considered by the Panel on Wednesday 13 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 three months old) bank statement in the name of your organisation. Please read the guidelines attached to this page 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: