Befriending Network Ireland / ALONE: Training Events

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Befriending Network Ireland

Befriending Network Ireland is a national support network for befriending services across Ireland led by ALONE. We provide resources and training to new and well established befriending and support services. Training options are available to both the staff of services and their volunteers.

Please see our upcoming training below.* If you would like to attend any of the training sessions listed, please email hello@alone.ie or call ALONE on 01-679 1032

*Some training sessions may need to be cancelled at short notice depending on numbers attending. We will endeavour to give you as much notice as possible of any cancellations.


Service Set-up Basics Training

This training for those is specifically designed for those who are in the process of, or interested in, setting up a befriending service in Ireland. It covers all of the areas that you will need to consider and work on before your befriending service gets up and running. After attending this training, you will:

  • Know what you need to consider before setting-up a service
  • Be able to identify what kind of befriending and related services operate in Ireland
  • Know what costs are involved in running a befriending service
  • Understand sustainability and ways you can fund your service
  • Be able to identify ways to create a brand for your service
  • List the key policies and paperwork needed for your service
  • Know the recommended staffing structure of a befriending service
  • Be able to identify the key legal requirements needed for your service
  • Have an understanding of a basic office and IT set-up for your service

This is a full day of training in Dublin and the cost of the training is €50 per attendee. The training dates for this year are as follows:

Dublin Training Dates:

Mayo Training Date:

If you are interested in attending any of these training sessions, please email ALONE at hello@alone.ie or call ALONE on 01-679 1032.


Befriending Coordination Training

Befriending Coordination Training covers all aspects of coordinating a befriending service. This training is an ideal follow on from Service Set up training for services who are just starting up. This training is also suitable for established services that would like a refresher or advice on Befriending Coordination. After attending this training, you will:

  • Know methods and steps to source and recruit befrienders
  • Be able to list referral sources and ways to generate referrals to your service
  • Know methods to successfully assess a befriendee for your service
  • Understand matching and how to go about setting up befriending matches
  • Know how to support befriendees and befrienders in befriending relationships
  • Be able to list ways to manage risk and to safeguard befriendees and befrienders
  • Know typical ways to store service information and data

This is a full day of training in Dublin and the cost of the training is €50 per attendee. The training dates for this year are as follows:

Dublin Training Dates:

Galway Training Date:

If you are interested in attending any of these training sessions, please email ALONE at hello@alone.ie or call ALONE on 01-679 1032.


Support and Case Management Training

This training provides a framework for Support and Case Management. This training is ideal for organisations who work with older people or with individuals with additional support needs. This training is modelled on the Support Coordination service that ALONE provides to older people both in housing and in the community. After attending this training, you will:

  • Know techniques to identify the issue(s) a person presents with
  • Have an understanding of the different support work levels
  • Understand comprehensive assessments and techniques
  • Know what steps to take post assessment
  • Understand the case noting system and know how to write case notes
  • Gain an understanding of Support Plan Objectives
  • Know ways to advocate for a person you are supporting
  • Gain and understanding of gaps and blocks in support and case management

This is a full day of training in Dublin and the cost is €50 per attendee. The training dates for this year are as follows:

Dublin Training Dates:

Mayo Training Date:

Galway Training Date:

If you are interested in attending any of these training sessions please email ALONE at hello@alone.ie or call ALONE on 01-679 1032.


Learn How to Train your Befrienders: A Train the Trainer Course

This training course is designed specifically for services who are looking to design and deliver their own core befriender training to their befrienders. This training takes the stress out of knowing what to train your befrienders on and how to create a comprehensive training course to best prepare your befrienders in their roles. After attending this training, you will:

  • Be able to identify topics need to be covered in core befriender training
  • List and discuss what training methods are most suitable for befriender training
  • Know how to structure a training session for befriender training
  • Be able to explain learning styles and how to cater to all learning styles in befriender training
  • Know assessment and evaluation techniques suitable for befriender training
  • Be able to manage diversity in befriender training
  • Be able to identify training materials useful for befriender training
  • Know methods to refresh befrienders in befriender training over the longer term

This is a full day of training in Dublin and the cost is €50 per attendee. The training dates for this year are as follows:

Dublin Training Dates:

Mayo Training Date:

If you are interested in attending any of these training sessions email ALONE at hello@alone.ie or call ALONE on 01-679 1032.


Befriending Network Ireland - Core Volunteer Training

Volunteer Core Training consists of two modules that are approximately two and a half hours in length. This is ideal an ideal form of support for services who have completed Service Set-Up Basics and Befriending Coordination Training and would like support with their befriender training as the final stage of service set-up. In this training all of the essential areas to support a volunteer in advance of their role as a befriender:

  • What befriending is and the befriending role
  • Boundaries
  • Communication Skills
  • Confidentiality
  • Health and Safety
  • Support Network
  • Change of Circumstances
  • Matching Steps

Training dates and venues are arranged between the Coordinator of Befriending Network Ireland and the Befriending Service that would like to receive training for their volunteers. Training quotations are provided to each service based on travel, training preparation and delivery and any additional expenses that may be incurred.

If you are interested in availing of training for your befrienders please email ALONE at hello@alone.ie or call ALONE on 01-679 1032

Region: 

Various Locations

Expiry date: 

01/06/19

Date Entered/Updated: 

01/04/19