Training - Friendkit

Friendkit, a new, fun and awesome (we like to think so anyway) toolkit that helps people make new friends and keep them, just like us. Good isn’t it?

We like to meet new people and make new friends. Having friends is the best!

This helps us feel happy and confident while also having a positive impact on our health and well-being. Great! Friendkit is run by Friends Action North East and they have been around for over 10 years. They are lovely people that support lots of people with a learning disability and autism to make and keep friends!


So what is Friendkit all about?

Well, we’ll tell you.

Friendkit is a collection of tools and resources to support people to make and keep friends.

Simple right? Well actually, no. People with learning disabilities and autism have told us they can find making friends and keeping friends very hard.

So we asked them what would help and that is what Friendkit is all about. There’s lots of research showing that having friends and being involved in your community can help you:

  • Have more structure in our day
  • Feel less stressed and inward looking
  • Fel less lonely and isolated
  • Have better mental and physical health
  • Have better self-esteem
  • Feel part of our community
  • Become more active


Our Training Programmes

Friendkit consists of individual training programmes and resources that will help you to build your own personalised friendship journey.

Each one focuses on a different part of friendship and takes you through fun activities, conversations, games, videos and other cool stuff. They provide you with the tools and resources needed to build a picture of your friendship goals and plans so you can work towards making and keeping friends.

The training programmes are:

Bespoke Training Packages

If you work for an organisation that supports others and would like to better support friendship opportunities within your work, please get in touch to find out how we can work together.

We will be happy to talk to you about the training and development we offer and how you can put our tried and tested model of support into practice in your everyday activities. We can tailor our training to meet your needs and we will be happy to work with you to develop methods and resources to suit the people you support.



"Since joining Friends Action I have been supported to go on my first holiday since Margaret Thatcher was in power!

I have made some new friends since coming to FANE - Jess, Gary, Sean and Brian and we have had support to book to go on holiday together. FANE has increased my confidence about meeting new people and I no longer feel as nervous or anxious when I do, which has helped me to make new friends." 

      - Peter