Activities help make bonds: Befriend Organisation

Befriend intern Sam Hay, artist Janet Pan and Befriend’sKathleen Burton get creative for a card workshop.
Befriend intern Sam Hay, artist Janet Pan and Befriend’sKathleen Burton get creative for a card workshop.

BEFRIEND director Nick Maisey says he has seen people’s relationships, confidence and self-esteem develop through the organisation in the past five years.

The Perth resident started the not-for-profit group in 2010 to encourage social inclusion through events and activities.

“Relationships do take time to form and develop and you start to see that as a result of running for longer; we’re able to see members who have been coming to events for a long time who have been attributing changes in their lives to Befriend,” Mr Maisey said.

Swing dancing, plant-based cooking, linoleum prints, yoga and card-making classes are among the ticketed events organised for Befriend’s skills workshops in November and December.

Befriend Social Enterprise Development manager Kathleen Burton said she got involved by attending a Befriend afternoon tea earlier this year.

“I was actively looking for ways to meet new people outside of the friends I already had,” Ms Burton said.

Ms Burton said the card workshop, at St Catherine’s College in Crawley on December 5, would involve participants bringing and sharing a plate of festive food while they made cards and wrapping paper.

“The whole aim is to learn a new skill in a social environment where you don’t need to get a certificate at the end of it.”

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