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Participatory Group Decision-Making

What is participatory group decision-making? an opportunity for everyone in the group to have a chance to speak their mind, where differences of opinion are valued rather than feared. an environment where group members do their best to understand one another especially in the face of pressure or when contradictions arise. a process that takes time and careful facilitation so that each member of the group feels heard,...

The Art of Debriefing

Debriefing is a fancy way of saying ‘to talk about it together’. Why do we ‘debrief’ activities?   Debriefing each activity or exercise that your group experiences will allow the group to process or “decode” the ideas, concepts and skills that they have just explored. Decoding is the process of critical questioning with the group that happens after every ‘code’ has been...

Setting Healthy Boundaries

Adapted from “Setting Healthy Boundaries”, Langley Seniors Centre, 2004     Healthy: helping to maintain or bring about good health; in a prosperous and efficient condition. Boundary: the point at which something ends or beyond which it becomes something else.   Healthy boundaries help make relationships last, especially when you as a volunteer are working with other community members. Clear boundaries can...

Qualities of Effective Facilitators

The values described below are often considered essential for individuals involved with group learning and with facilitating the learning process. Respect Recognize each individual and his / her right to be heard Believe in everyone’s ability to grow and change Value and acknowledge each person’s strengths Encourage the full expression of ideas Honour everyone’s right to make choices Value each...

Facilitators’ Role

Each group member is the expert of his or her own experience. The main goal of a facilitator is to draw out knowledge and insight from other group members. A facilitator will use different skills, tools, exercises and natural abilities to keep a group discussion moving smoothly. In general, facilitators have three responsibilities: to make sure that everyone has a chance to have their ideas and feelings expressed to keep the...

Characteristics of Peer-Led Groups

People come together to form peer-led groups because they share a common experience or concern. Some focus on education and information, some on a community issue, others on emotional support and sharing. Others offer an opportunity to share experiences, socialize and form friendships. Each group forms and then changes according to the members’ needs. Many peer-led groups have these common characteristics: Sharing...

What is Community Development?

Community development is a process where community members come together to take collective action and generate solutions to common problems. Community wellbeing (economic, social, environmental and cultural) often evolves from this type of collective action being taken at a grassroots level. Community development ranges from small initiatives within a small group to large initiatives that involve the broader community....

Inclusive Leadership Workshop

Youth and/or youth service providers will build a shared understanding of leadership and identify expectations and values around what it means to be a leader. Anyone can be a leader and everyone has skills that can be developed and enhanced. Inclusive leadership means being mindful that we all come with different experiences and perspectives. Download article as...

Anti-Oppression

Participants create a shared understanding of the words tossed around when speaking about diversity. Through group discussions and experiential learning, participants will examine individual and systemic barriers, expectations and norms. Participants apply other lenses to broaden their perspectives about accessibility, inclusion, power and privilege. Download article as...

Teambuilding

Increase the cohesiveness and effectiveness of your group by applying peer support principals: sharing power, learning from each other and valuing others’ experiences. Download article as...