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Dear Friend,

Befrienders Worldwide and our members around the world are fully aware and touched by the extreme challenges we are facing with the Covid-19 virus. We know how difficult it is to experience sudden restrictions on our lives, including the impact on our family and on our relationships, the impact on our working lives, and the sense of loss that we feel when we are physically isolated.

In this situation, it is more important than ever for all of us to feel socially connected and emotionally supported. Therefore, we should reach out to friends, family, neighbours and work colleagues, using all of the technology tools available; ‘phone, Skype, internet chat, text, WhatsApp and email. At the same time, we can be more observant and sensitive to voices that reach out to us for help.

The Befrienders Worldwide member centres and volunteers continue to provide confidential, emotional support no matter the cause of suffering. Please do not hesitate to contact your local Befrienders Worldwide help service by searching for a helpline in your country using the search bar at the top right of this page.

Our members will always respond to your contacts even though, in some cases, it may take a little longer than normal, due to the impact of the current situation.


Our members and volunteers around the world provide

confidential support to people in emotional crisis or distress,

or those close to them.


Latest News!  



Befrienders Worldwide May 2020 Newsletter- Click Here 

  Befrienders Worldwide February 2020 Newsletter - Click Here 

    Befrienders Worldwide November 2019 Newsletter - Click Here


Please find a link to an article written by Professor Brian L Mishara Ph.D (University du Quebec, Montreal, Canada) on "Talking to children about death" At the end of the article there are some links to sites which may be helpful to parents and teachers who are trying to help grieving children - Click Here

Please find a link below to the E-Book My CARE (Confinement Attitude & Resilience E-Book) which has been produced by our BW member Sourire De Reda, Casablanca Branch, Morocco

BW hopes that as many youngsters as possible follow the recommendations that are offered in the E-Book- Click Here




Passive House Designs: Designing Your Home For A Passive House In terms of passive house designs, small windows and doorways are usually preferring to provide natural light into the house. If you live in a cold climate, or are planning on moving to a cold climate, you will need to make sure that your house has the passive house windows

and doors that you need to be effective in the cold climate. You may want to consider doing an upgrade to your cold climate window and door design. Some people prefer having a large window or doorways because they like the look of them, but they don't like the coldness of the weather outside. While this is true to some extent, there are other benefits to keeping your doors and windows closed when the temperature is a little bit lower. One benefit is that if you like to watch TV, you can let the TV run when it is too cold outside, and no one will be able to tell that you have left the house. Keep in mind that your "exterior" part of your house is very important in determining whether your home is a cold climate or not. You need to make sure that your house is well insulated, and well ventilated. You may also want to consider having your windows tinted so that the cold air cannot get in. Window design is important when thinking about cold climate design. The window you use should be wide enough for you to get in and out of it easily. This may mean having the windows slightly larger than the doors or windows in order to make the cold air get through without you getting sick and passing out. A larger door or window will allow more air to come in and out of the house during a colder period. If you are thinking about changing your windows and doors, you might want to see if the replacement windows and doors cost less. If you want to stay in the same style and color, this is good because the smaller windows and doors will be easier to keep clean and will not be as much of a hassle. These styles will usually open to either side, so you should take that into consideration when designing your front doors and windows. When your design is designed correctly, the windows and doors will work well together. You will need to check your architectural plans in order to see how your room will work with the rest of your house. The next aspect to consider is what types of windows and doors you want to use. There are a lot of different types of windows and doors, and you should only use those you really need. If you have more than enough space in your house, consider moving up to a bigger room and placing those new windows and doors on the ground level. You should always consider having larger than average-sized windows, because the cold air will flow right in through those large windows. Having large doors also help because they are used to push the cold air inside, and the warm air from the floor is blown out through the doors. The doors should also be comfortable in your face, because the cold air from outside will create an annoying whistling sound. While having large windows and doors is nice, you might want to consider getting double glazed windows and doors for the main rooms of your house. The double glazing technology will protect the windows and doors from the cold air, but the double glazing is so thin that it allows in plenty of air. The noise from the outside can be eliminated completely. Don't forget to consider the fact that windows and doors in your house are more than just a feature. If you are planning on selling your house, you should include them in your marketing brochure. You will want to give a clear picture of how you envision your house being used, and what is most important to you. After all, marketing a house is an expensive job. You don'twant to waste any money when it can be saved by making sure you have everything planned out. Looking at passive house designs will help you understand what materials you need to use for your windows and doors. Remember that a good design will make it easy for the house to get air into the house, while keeping it protected from the cold.