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Derbyshire Trusted Befriending Network

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About Derbyshire Trusted Befriending Network

The Derbyshire Trusted Befriending Network is coordinated by South Derbyshire CVS, and funded by Derbyshire County Council Adult Care.  It works to ensure that isolated and vulnerable adults across Derbyshire will be able to access befriending services.  Befriending Services that are part of the network are encouraged to work towards a quality standard, so that people using their services can be confident that they are safe and well run.

For more information about the Trusted Befriending Network, or to find a befriending service in your area

Download a directory of befriending services below, or contact:

Richard Murrell - Trusted Befriending Network Co-ordinator or Helen Frudd - Network Support Worker

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to email us  Tel: 01283 219761 Or write to: South Derbyshire CVS 46-48 Grove Street SWADLINCOTE DE11 9DD

Befriending Services in Derbyshire

Are you looking for a befriending service?  

Download a copy of the Directory of Befriending Services in Derbyshire (updated January 2018)  - click here (PDF, 687KB)

Want to volunteer as a Befriender?

Find out about Volunteering as a Befriender and search for volunteer opportunities with local befriending services at

An Independent Evaluation of the Derbyshire Trusted Befriending Network central service


This evaluation measures the contribution and impact of the ‘central’ service since 2011 and suggests a future strategic direction for the Network – please click here to read the evaluation (PDF, 1.36MB).

Befriending in Derbyshire: Its Value and Impact


Befriending in Derbyshire: An Independent Assessment of its Value and Impact is a piece of independent research commissioned by Derbyshire Trusted Befriending Network and published in November 2017.  The report concludes that: 

  • Loneliness and isolation does not just make people unhappy - they also have a serious impact on physical and mental health and life expectancy.

  • Those who receive support from Befriending Services say that it reduces isolation and improves their social and community connections, independence and wellbeing.

  • Over 1,100 lonely and isolated people across Derbyshire benefit from over 70,000 hours befriending support given by 765 volunteers from 28 befriending services – if they were all paid for the time they give, this would cost £672,000.

  • For every £1 spent on providing befriending the social benefits and cost savings to other services are worth £8.69.

The research was carried out for us by independent consultants Peter Stone Consulting

Click here to download the Full Report (PDF, 1.2MB)
Click here to download a Key Messages summary of the research findings (734 KB)

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Archive:  Earlier Reports

Trusted Befriending Network Evaluation 2013

Read about Derbyshire Trusted Befriending Network, what we did in the first 18 months, and what people thought of us.

Download report (PDF, 996 KB)

Befriending for Adults in Derbyshire - Mapping

Further mapping was carried out in 2015. Download a copy of the findings: 2015 Mapping Report (PDF, 640 KB)

 2012 Gap Analysis and Mapping Report. Initial research carried out in 2012 to look at befriending provision in Derbyshire and identify gaps in provision.  Download this report:


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