23rd February 2017


A group of participants and a facilitator

An important aspect of effective engagement with staff, public or service users is facilitation. Our ethos is that ‘We work with people and organisations and not for them’. This ensures that staff within organisations are enabled and empowered to be effective facilitators and engagers themselves, thus creating a more sustainable environment for effective engagement and facilitation across Wales.

Participation Cymru can support you with facilitation in the following ways:

Participation Cymru facilitation

The trained Participation Cymru team can offer facilitation of meetings and events across Wales in Welsh and English. Our extensive experience covers facilitation in the following areas:

  • Internal meetings of staff for organisations e.g. change programmes, conflict resolution and negotiation, team building days, planning and visioning meetings.
  • Conference facilitation for large and small groups
  • Review and refreshment of partnerships and networks
  • Public meetings
  • Focus groups for service users and the general public

We have experience of working with a wide variety of organisations across all sectors and at varying levels.

This work forms a part of our bespoke services and quotations for pieces of work can be obtained by contacting us directly.

Practical Engagement Work

Do you want to run some face-to-face engagement activities but aren’t sure where to start?

We will work with you and your team throughout the whole process to; design, plan and run focus groups/workshops etc with your stakeholders, advise on recording and using qualitative feedback, writing up the report and debriefing to help you to identify good practice and learning for your organisation.We support staff throughout the process and will work closely with your team. This is a practical way to build your organisation’s capacity, experience and confidence in running face-to-face engagement activities, in a safe and supportive environment. We bring a wealth of experience and learning from working with other organisations which we will share throughout.

Please contact us to discuss your needs participationcymru@wcva.org.uk.

Action Learning

Action Learning is a form of group learning and sharing that can benefit people within teams, organisations and partnerships. Participation Cymru offers a facilitation service for action learning sets that helps to set up and facilitate initial meetings as well as monitoring and evaluating action learning.

We also train people in action learning facilitation. For more details please see our training programme.

Facilitation Training

In recognition of the fact that facilitation skills are crucial to effective engagement we offer a range of training for facilitators, suitable for individuals and organisations to enable people to receive the skills and confidence to facilitate in their own areas of work.

  • Individuals can book onto the course via our training programme where this course is run on an annual basis
  • Organisations can commission a bespoke training course for a number of members of staff where we come to you. Please contact us for more information.

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