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

24 & 25 November, Birmingham, Closing date for applications 29 September 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     


USE OUR ONLINE APPLICATION FORM to apply to be a befriender


Befriender Training Application Form

If you decide that you a ready to become a Sands Befriender, please complete an application form. This will ask...

To request a large print version of the form, please contact, 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.