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.


Course details 2019/20

Part 1 Befriender Training

We are now accepting applications for the following courses:

Bristol – 11 & 12 May 2019 (closing date for applications 23 March)

London – 22 & 23 June 2019 (closing date for applications 11 May)

Sheffield – 6 & 7 July 2019 (closing date for applications 25 May)


We will begin to take applications for the following courses from 1 June:

London – 21 & 22 September (closing date for applications 10 August)          

Birmingham – 23 & 24 November (closing date for applications 12 October) 


We will begin to take applications for the following courses from 1 November:

London – 8 & 9 February 2020 (closing date for applications 14 December 2019)

Crewe – 14 & 15 March 2020 (closing date for applications  1 February 2020)


A course will be scheduled for Scotland - dates and venue TBC

Part 2 befriender training course details will be released soon.  


USE OUR ONLINE APPLICATION FORM to apply to be a befriender

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 2 befriender training dates for 2019.