Free Facilitation Skills Training

December 20, 2023
Published by Lorna Prescott

Dudley CVS are offering a free, one day Introduction to Facilitation Skills training session for people from non profits in Dudley borough and across the Black Country.

The purpose of the session is for participants to develop a basic understanding of the role of a facilitator, increase their confidence in helping groups of people to collaborate, and be introduced to practical tools and techniques used by facilitators.

When: Friday 9 February 2024, 10am – 4pm

Where: likely to be CoLab Dudley, 201a Dudley High Street, DY1 1QQ

The session will be designed around needs of participants, and is likely include:

  • What facilitation is (and why it is different to training or chairing a meeting).
  • The skills, attributes and behaviours which make a good facilitator and help us to get the most out of small group environments, whether an organised session or an informal gathering.
  • Practical tools and techniques which encourage interaction and collaboration in groups.
  • Questioning skills.
  • How to plan a facilitated session.
  • Overcoming problems faced by facilitators.

To register your place on the training and let us know about what you’d like to learn please complete this short form

This training will be delivered by Lorna Prescott, a Senior Development Officer at Dudley CVS. Lorna has 25 years experience in community engagement and community development, working with community groups, young people, voluntary organisations, creatives and networks in Dudley Borough. She has facilitated a myriad of participative meetings, activities and events, from visioning workshops, consultation activities, planning and design sessions, networking events and creative gatherings.

Lorna is a certified permaculture and advanced social systems designer, and has an Advanced Award in Facilitation Skills accredited by the Institute of Leadership and Management. She has also been trained in Participatory Appraisal and as a facilitator for adult active citizenship learning and various influence frameworks developed with communities in Dudley. Lorna currently leads CoLab Dudley work and supports East Coseley Big Local. She facilitates collaboration across teams in Dudley CVS, from work on funding and tenders to convening a place-based network leads Community of Practice, a year long Engagement Enquiry and anti-racism circles.

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