Hastings Borough Council are putting on some excellent befriending training, which will be really helpful to complete before committing to any of the befriending schemes across East Sussex. Befriending is probably the most important part of our support of the Syrian families as volunteers in the community – as it will be a huge factor in determining how well a family is supported to fully integrate into our communities or not.
Saturday 22nd July – 10.00am to 4.00pm (Venue tbc) – Eastbourne
The training includes safeguarding, setting healthy boundaries, how to know when issues are your responsibility and when you need to signpost to a professional, helping your allocated family become independent and much more. There will be a lot of interactive case study work which will build your confidence before you start. The training also includes FREE LUNCH and refreshments throughout the day.
Whilst we would like to welcome many on this training, it is important that we are training people who do currently (or in the very near future) have the capacity to take on a befriending role; We suggest between 1-10 hours a week is appropriate to be able to offer to a Syrian family. We aim to put befrienders in teams – with a ‘lead befriender’ who can usually commit to the most time. There are slightly different schemes across East Sussex, depending on which Borough you live in / are happy to work within, but the training is currently the same across the county.
If you would like to register your interest for the Hastings training or would like further information then please email Rossana Leal on firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to attend the Eastbourne training, please contact Laura Cecil on email@example.com.