Vital Signs: making community groups hum.
Posted on 4 July 2011 by e-news
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Practical and invaluable training in communication and groups skills for community groups by the Mount Alexander Sustainability Group (MASG).
Vital signs aims to support community workers and volunteers by increasing their communication and interpersonal skills and providing mentoring and support to assist them in their work within the community.
Series of workshops include:
1. Golden Rules for Effective Groups Thursday 14th July, 7.00-9.00pm The Forge, Barker St
2. Communication Skills series This is a series of 4 sessions to learn, practice and develop good communication skills. Starts Saturday 23rd July, 10am-12.30pm, Anglican Church Hall, then every following Saturday.
3. Group skills – facilitation Thursday 18th August, 7.00-9.00pm The Forge
4. Group skills – Consensus decision making Thursday 25th August, 7.00-9.00pm The Forge
Bookings RSVP: email@example.com; 54706978
Cost per workshop: $20; $10 (MASG members); $10 (conc); discounts for multiple workshops.
More about each workshop:
1. Golden Rules for Effective Groups
In this workshop, participants will learn the golden rules for having effective and efficient group meetings, and for working productively as a group. Learn the secrets for keeping group meetings to time, enabling everyone to feel heard and valued, making progress on projects, and helping group members to feel that their time was well spent. You will learn: „h How to acknowledge & build on group members’ contributions How to take good notes in a meeting (without getting RSI!) The best ways to hear divergent opinions and reach decisions How to reflect on your own participation in the group Thursday 14th July, 7.00-9.00pm The Forge, Barker St
2. Communication Skills series
This is a series of 4 sessions to learn, practice and develop good communication skills. Participants attend each of the 4 sessions, and build on skills and techniques over the series.
Communication Skills 1 : Listening
How to show empathy How to use listening skills to improve relationships Active listening & how to show others that you are listening, and help them to feel understood Saturday 23rd July, 10am-12.30pm, Anglican Church Hall
Communication Skills Session 2 : Self-awareness
Know what is most important to you Build your self-esteem and confidence Integrity & being true to yourself Saturday 30th July, 10am-12.30pm, Anglican Church Hall
Communication Skills 3 : Influencing others
Expressing yourself with passion and conviction Being true to yourself while respecting differences Tuning in to your audience Saturday 6th August, 10am-12.30pm, Anglican Church Hall
Communication Skills 4 : Communication problems
Find direction and purpose Conflict resolution Deal with apathy, inaction and lack of motivation Saturday 13th August, 10am-12.30pm, Anglican Church Hall
3. Group skills : facilitation
Many people working in organisations or community groups find themselves convening groups for various projects. Learning how to facilitate groups well can help enormously with the easy running of projects. Good facilitators can help draw out the expertise and wisdom of the group, help groups to manage time, priorities, and different members contributions. Thursday 18th August, 7.00-9.00pm The Forge
4. Group skills – Consensus decision making
Consensus decision making is increasingly used to help groups make better decisions, develop better group relationships, and increase the chances that decisions will be implemented well. You will learn: What is consensus and why do we want it? Basic steps of reaching consensus Roles in the consensus process Thursday 25th August, 7.00-9.00pm The Forge Bookings
RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org; 54706978
Cost per workshop: $20; $10 (MASG members); $10 (conc); discounts for
The Mount Alexander and Macedon Ranges Shires are rich with many excellent group leaders, facilitators and conflict resolution experts. They have many years of experience in running workshops, mentoring, and teaching valuable communication and group skills. Facilitators include Susie Burke, psychologist, Sam Luxemburg, psychologist, Jacinta Walsh, facilitator, Natalie Moxham, facilitator.
Vital Signs is a project of MASG, supported by Mount Alexander Shire Council community grant MASG : promoting good climate policy, energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainability in the Shire.