Are you ready to befriend?
We will help you decide this before throughout the training process. Learn more about how we do this.
Sands Befriender Training
Our training programme consists of 2 courses: Part One and Part Two.
"I didn't realise how much support I would get from the rest of the group and Sands."
Our training days are very interactive, with exercises carried out in pairs and small groups, as well as the group as a whole. Courses are run at locations around the UK and each day runs from 10am to 4.30pm. Dates and venues are advertised through local Groups, on our website below and Facebook.
Part One Training
This two day course enables participants to develop their befriending skills. In particular they will learn how to build a safe and trusting environment in which anyone affected by the death of a baby feels supported and able to explore and express their feelings.
"The training has given me the courage and confidence to befriend."
At the end of this course not only will the facilitators of the training be able to decide if an individual is ready to befriend, but you too will be challenged to decide if you feel ready.
Upcoming Befriender Training Part One:
Open for applications now
17 & 18 March 2018, Cambridge, Closing date for applications is 17 February
21 & 22 April 2018, Exeter, Closing date for applications 24 March 2018
12 & 13 May, Cardiff, Closing date for applications 14 April 2018
9 & 10 June, Leeds, Closing date for applications 12 May 2018
25 & 26 June, London, Closing date for applications 26 May 2018
Applications open for the following courses on 1 June 2018
8 & 9 September, Scotland, Closing date for applications 11 August 2018
6 & 7 October, Manchester, Closing date for applications 8 September 2018
24 & 25 November, Birmingham, Closing date for applications 13 October 2018
Applications open for the following courses on 1 November 2018
26 & 27 January 2019, London, Closing date for applications 22 December 2018
9 & 10 February 2019, Peterborough, Closing date for applications 12 January 2019
2 & 3 March 2019, Northern Ireland, Closing date for applications 2 February 2019
To request a large print version of the form, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the office on 0207 436 7940.
Keep checking here for further dates.
Part Two Training
This is a one day course which Sands Befrienders are expected to attend once they have some experience of befriending through a Sands Group, approximately six months after their part one training.
At the end of this course participants will have had an opportunity to reflect on their experiences as a Befriender and explore the more advanced aspects of the role.
Part Two Training is open to individuals who have already completed Part One Training and have been befriending for at least six months.
Watch this space for Part Two Befriender Training in 2018.