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 (opens in a new window) 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 visit the Derbyshire Trusted Befriending Network and find befriending services in your area.
Be a befriender
You could become a befriender as a volunteer (opens in a new window).
Become a befriending champion
You can apply to be a befriending champion (opens in a new window) 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
The following documents are in Portable Document Format (PDF). You can download software to view PDF documents for free from the Adobe website (opens in a new window)
- Befriending Services in Derbyshire (452KB)
- Trusted Befriending Network Factsheet - June 2015 (46KB)
- Be a Befriending Champion (318KB)
- Befriending Champion poster (349KB)
- Befriending Champions training and micro-grant funding support (335KB)