Join one of our free workshops

Welcome to our free open workshop programme

These sessions are an opportunity for you to connect with people where you live and work, and to reflect and learn about how to build more inclusion and a greater sense belonging in Gloucestershire. Our aspiration is that these learning experiences feel safe, fun and inspirational – we invite you to come along.

Help with travel: If you have a disability or mental health problem and are living in Gloucestershire on a low income, you may be able to apply for help with your travel costs to attend our Open Workshops. There is an application form to complete, which should also be signed by an appropriate professional who is able to confirm your disability. Please note that we need to receive the completed application form at least 2 weeks before the date of the workshop. You will also need to work out your travel costs. Click here to download the form as a PDF or a Word Document, and please contact our grants team by emailing grants@barnwoodtrust.org or calling 01452 611292 with any questions.

Workshop: Creating Welcoming Community Spaces and Places

Date: Thursday 9th May 2019

Time: 1.30pm – 5.30pm

Venue: The Manor Lounge, National Star College, Ullenwood, Cheltenham GL53 9QU

This workshop is about developing an understanding of what contributes to helping create a physically accessible and welcoming community building or outside space. To Barnwood Trust, as a funder and advocate of community spaces, these twin aspects, of access and welcome, sit hand in glove. A space may be physically accessible but if it is not welcoming (either through its physical appearance, facilities and the personal approach of those to run it or greet you), then who would wish to access it?

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Workshop: Building Welcoming Communities

Date: Wednesday 15th May 2019

Time: 9.45am to 1pm

Venue: Meeting room, Gallery Two, Museum in the Park, Stratford Park, Stroud GL5 4AF

In this workshop you will discover tools and techniques that that will help you build welcoming communities that enable people to be better connected to their community and discover a greater sense of belonging.  We’ll explore practical approaches to discovering local assets and learn how these 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 Asset Based Community Development, enabling friends and neighbours to get together to do the things they love, and make a difference to where they live.

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Workshop: Epilepsy Awareness

Date: 21st May 2019

Time: 11.45am – 2pm

Venue: The Blue Room, The Centre for Science and Arts, 13 Lansdown, Stroud, Gloucestershire. GL5 1BB

Notes: The nearest car park is the Merry Walks multistorey car park, Merrywalks, Stroud, GL5 1RR. The venue is a 4 minutes walk from this car park.

In this short session you will gain an introduction to epilepsy, a common condition that affects thousands of people in the UK. This workshop aims to increase your awareness of the condition and covers information on the different types of seizures. You will also learn about diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy. The workshop aims to provide an insight into those living with the condition and what do to if you witness a seizure.

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Workshop: Communication for Community Groups

Date: 5th June 2019

Time: 9.45 – 3pm

Venue: Hall 1, Quedgeley Community Centre, 15-17 School Lane, Quedgeley, Gloucester. GL2 4PJ.

Facilitated by members of the Marketing & Communications Team at Barnwood Trust, this workshop invites members of community groups to discuss and share practical tools to communicate their activities via traditional marketing, print, social media, blogs and photography to showcase their work.

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Workshop: Working with People and Groups

Date:  6th June 2019

Time 9.45am – 1pm

Venue: The Friendship Café, The Chequers Bridge Centre, Painswick Road, Gloucester. GL4 6PR

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.

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Workshop: Understanding your crowd for crowdfunding

Date: 12th June 2019

Time: 9.45am – 4pm

Venue: The Edge Community Centre, Typhoon Way, Brockworth, Gloucester. GL3 4DY

Notes: There is a small free car park available next to the community centre, and free roadside parking nearby.

Crowdfunding is becoming an increasingly popular way of generating funds, raising awareness and building stronger communities for charities and projects of all sizes. Your “crowd” is at the heart of any crowdfunding success. But how do you make the most of it? This full day, interactive workshop is designed to enable small charities and projects to understand their networks, break them down into the roles they need, and give tips for growing your audience. Come prepared for lots of practical examples, exercises and to share ideas and experiences.

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Workshop: Conversations That Include Everyone

Date: Monday 17th June 2019

Time: 1.30pm – 4.30pm

Venue: National Star College, Ullenwood Manor Road, Ullenwood, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. GL53 9QU

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 gain practical ideas and techniques that will help you to communicate effectively and more confidently with people with a range of communication impairments.

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Workshop: The Art of Hosting

Date: Thursday 4th July 2019

Time: 9.45am – 4pm

Venue: The Manor Lounge, National Star College, Ullenwood Manor Road, Ullenwood, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. GL53 9QU

Join us for an introduction to The Art of Hosting led by the Jeder Institute. Art of Hosting is a highly effective way of harnessing the collective wisdom and self-organizing capacity of groups of any size.  Based on the assumption that people give their energy and lend their resources to what matters most to them – in work as in life – the Art of Hosting blends a suite of powerful conversational processes to invite people to step in and take charge of the challenges facing them.

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Workshop: Discovering Strengths Based Practice

Date: 5th July 2019

Time: 9.45am – 4pm

Venue: The Spring Bank Community Resource Centre, Springbank Way, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. GL51 0LG

Notes: Free parking is available on site.

This workshop will develop your understanding and confidence to implement strength-based practice in care and support settings. During the workshop participants are invited to reflect on what it really means to take a strengths-based approach in practice. The workshop will also consider how can organisations support their frontline care and support staff to take this approach and the difference it can make to people, organisations and communities.

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Workshop: Communication for Community Groups

Date: 3rd July 2019

Time: 9.45am – 3pm

Venue: The Main Place, Old Station Way, Coleford, Gloucestershire. GL16 8RH

Facilitated by members of the Marketing & Communications Team at Barnwood Trust, this workshop invites members of community groups to discuss and share practical tools to communicate their activities via traditional marketing, print, social media, blogs and photography to showcase their work.

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Workshop: Building Welcoming Communities

Date: Wednesday 17th July 2019

Time: 9.45am to 1pm

Venue: The Witherby Room, West Dean Centre, High Street, Bream, Lydney, Gloucestershire. GL15 6JW

In this workshop you will discover tools and techniques that that will help you build welcoming communities that enable people to be better connected to their community and discover a greater sense of belonging.  We’ll explore practical approaches to discovering local assets and learn how these 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 Asset Based Community Development, enabling friends and neighbours to get together to do the things they love, and make a difference to where they live.

Click here to read more information and register for this workshop

We will be adding more workshops to the 2019 workshop programme soon, so stay in touch and sign up to our mailing list to stay up-to-date