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BEFRIEND director Nick Maisey says he has seen people’s relationships, confidence and selfesteem develop through the organisation in the past five years.
Mr Maisey started the nonprofit 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 and we’re able to see members who have been coming to events for a long time who have been attributing changes to their lives to Befriend,” he said.
Swing dancing, plant-based cooking, linoleum prints, yoga and card-making classes are among current ticketed events.
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 the 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,” she said.
Artist Janet Pan said she would teach people to draw characters from her brand Little Sketchy and make cards and wrapping paper for the festive season. Visit http://befriend.org. au/sweet-skills/ for details.