Friends Of_________

Fundraising for refugees
Providing marketing advice to SMEs
Fundraising in aid of Barnardo’s work with refugees in Northern Ireland

Now with its own website,

The Story So Far

Friends Of started life as Wifi Refugees. It was set up by Andi Jarvis to provide free marketing advice to SMEs in exchange for a donation to a local refugee charity. It was originally held in coffee shops in Bangor, before spreading to other parts of Northern Ireland as more people became involved in the concept.


Over the last 18 months the concept has morphed into something still the same but slightly different! We've said goodbye to coffee shops and hello to events. "Friends Of" isn't just a name, it's a descriptor of how the event works - no longer just one expert for a few hours, but a host of experts in one place at the same time. We've got a new look, so the Wifi Human has been replaced by the Friends Of colour blocks. 


We’ve partnered with Ulster Bank to provide clinics in their Accelerator Hub and Digital DNA, Belfast’s biggest digital technology event. And most importantly, we’re now partnered with Barnardo’s, providing funding directly to their work in Northern Ireland to help support the Independent Guardian Team.