Befriend brings basis for bonding to Belmont


Event host Minh Dang and Kathrine Butler (Belmont Community Builder). Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d478188
Event host Minh Dang and Kathrine Butler (Belmont Community Builder). Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d478188

AFTERNOON cuppas and movie meet ups are all apart of the fun that not-for-profit organisation Befriend is bringing to Belmont.

The organisation is focused on creating community inclusion in Perth and is running events around the metro area.

Befriend Belmont community builder Kathrine Butler said the organisation had found some areas in Perth had plenty of people attending events but some other regions needed more participants.

“We’ve been running a pilot program in Belmont since November, alongside Kwinana and we will run one in Vincent,” she said.

“The City of Belmont has been great to work with and they already provide services.”

Ms Butler said the organisation tried to be inclusive and cater for a range of people.

“The idea of the events is to help people with their mental and physical health,” she said.

Befriend Belmont event host Minh Dang said he looking to build a database of people and then work out what activities they would like to do.

“In the next few months we will be looking at activities like walks in the park and board games as we try to appeal to different demographics,” he said.

Belmont MLA Cassie Rowe said she admired what Befriend was doing and encouraged people in the community looking for a more fulfilling social and cultural life to reach out and contact the organisation.

“It’s both terribly sad and a bit ironic that so many in our community feel isolated and don’t have enough avenues to enjoy the company of others,” she said.

“We’re only just beginning to understand the complex problems and adverse effects of isolation to the health, wellbeing and life expectancy of people in our community.”

Visit community.befriend.org.au and meetup.com/befriend-inc-social-club to check out the organisation’s events.

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