Barnwood Trust, alongside partners, is launching a phase of free, fun and inspiring workshops for people across Gloucestershire. The workshops are all designed to enable people and their communities to get better connected with everyone who lives there. The workshops are open to anyone living and working in Gloucestershire and will run from September 2016 to January 2017.
From ‘Growing a strengths-based culture’ to ‘Conversations that include everyone’ and ‘Inspiring community spaces’, there is something for everyone. The workshops are part of the ten-year plan You’re Welcome, which is all about enabling communities across Gloucestershire to become more welcoming and inclusive of everyone who lives there.
Here are some snippets of feedback from the last set of workshops:
‘Hearing other stories are inspirational to realising how much of an impact a relativity small action can have.’
‘I feel very inspired to get involved in my local community. I can really see the benefits’
‘I do not feel so isolated and feel encouraged to try again to engage with neighbours’
To find out the full list of workshops, dates and venues please click here or if you would like us to send you a copy of the workshop programme give us a call on 01452 634018 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Below is a brief outline of each of the workshops on offer:
Understanding how people are excluded
This workshop explores how people in our communities experience exclusion, especially those living with an impairment. Through sharing stories and conversations you will gain a deeper understanding of how exclusion affects people. The workshop facilitators will create a safe space to explore the issues, and reflect on our learning.
Conversations that include everyone
This workshop aims to support you to have more conversations, more involvement and more fun with people who have some difficulty with talking. You will learn practical ideas and techniques that will help you to communicate effectively and more confidently with people with a range of communication impairments.
Asset-Based Community Development and Community Building Practice
In this workshop we will introduce you to community building practice, which lies at the heart of Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD). You will discover tools and techniques that local people can use to discover the hidden skills and strengths in their own community. We will also explore how those local assets can be connected together to build safer, healthier and more inclusive communities. You’ll also hear stories of how people across Gloucestershire are developing their practice in ABCD, enabling friends and neighbours to get together to do the things they love, and make a difference to where they live.
Working with people and groups
This workshop will introduce you to Community Animation, an approach that is useful for anyone involved in clubs, groups or meetings in their community. Community Animation offers tools and ideas to ensure the quietest voices are included in conversations, friendships are formed, and connections are made between people. During this session you will have the opportunity to practice your skills in managing the energy of a group, understand relationships and include those who often get left out.
Working with people and groups - deepening your skills
For anyone interested in further developing their skills in working with groups, this workshop will give you the chance to continue to build your confidence in using Community Animation tools. During the workshop you will learn more about your role in supporting the ‘life of the group’, and how to work with the group’s energy. This session is ideal for those who have already experienced some Community Animation, and are starting to use the tools and techniques with groups they are involved in or members of.
Inspiring community spaces
In this workshop we’ll explore what an inspiring community space means to you, and what you can do to create one. Creating spaces to have fun, play, learn and work with our neighbours enables us to deepen our connections with each other. Through this workshop we’ll share inspiring examples of what can be achieved when people come together, and we’ll explore some key ideas that can help shape community spaces where everyone is welcome. This workshop will be held in a unique venue, where we will be joined by some of those involved in setting up or running the space.
Growing a strengths based culture
In this workshop we will explore how people have approached developing a strengths based culture in their workplace; from helping people to recognise their character strengths in appraisals, through to establishing new practices that result in different and creative ways of working. We’ll learn about the challenges and the successes as people learn to share personal skills that go beyond their job role. We’ll also reflect on the steps you can take to move towards a strengths based culture in the organisations you work in.
Discovering each other’s strengths
Many of us find it hard to talk about the things we are good at, so in this workshop we’ll learn how to discover each other’s strengths, skills and passions through asking different types of questions. Through learning more about ourselves and each other, we’ll discover shared interests and connections that will lead to new relationships being formed.
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