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Participatory Appraisal taster session

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM (BST)

Participatory Appraisal taster session

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Participatory Appraisal (PA)  is a method of community engagement and consultation that is visible, accessible and fun. It was developed in Africa and Asia and is now used across the globe.

The term Participatory Appraisal describes a family of approaches that enable local people to identify their own priorities and make their own decisions about their future. It uses visual methods, making it especially useful for participants who find other methods of participation intimidating or complicated. It can help to reduce barriers to participation such as age, ethnicity and level of literacy.

During this half day taster session you will:

  • learn more about Participatory Appraisal

  • find out how PA can be used in a variety of settings.

Your trainer: Natalie Lynch, Involvement Innovation

Natalie advises organisations on how to engage communities and trains staff in a variety of innovative and creative consultation techniques, particularly Participatory Appraisal. She has extensive experience of teaching and training to a variety of audiences. She also has considerable experience training participants from the public, private and volunteer sectors. For instance previous courses have been delivered to medical students, clinicians, commissioners, senior managers, patients, service users and members of the public.

Natalie gives an open and friendly approach to training and gives delegates the opportunity to share skills and experiences whilst learning from each other. Natalie is passionate about patient and public involvement in the delivery and provision of services.

Find out more about Natalie here.

Cost and access

engaging together training and support is offered free of charge to people working or volunteering in Dudley Borough. This session is being provided free of charge thanks to Dudley's involvement in the Black Country Take Part Pathfinder. You can read more about our training at

We use venues which are fully accessible and we will try to meet other access requirements that you tell us about when you register.



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Wednesday, September 7, 2011 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM (BST)

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engaging together

We are a group of officers from different organisations; Dudley CVS, Dudley Council and Public Health and Dudley Clinical Commissioning Group.

We know that community engagement isn’t easy

We know that because it’s something we do in our roles, and some of us also manage people who work with communities.

Organisations want communities, groups and individuals to know about their services, be involved in decisions to shape or improve services, perhaps even deliver services together. Community engagement is still high on the agenda for most organisations and partnerships. 

We know that free training and support is important and  can make a difference

Over the last four years we have developed 12 different training courses and delivered them to nearly 400 officers and volunteers. We also host Community Engagement Network events three times a year, nearly 300 people have taken part in these so far. Feedback and evaluation from these activities highlight the value of bringing people together from different teams and organisations, the importance of developing confidence by learning how to do practical things and by reflecting on practice.

We estimate that we have helped organisations in Dudley to save over £30,000 in training costs by investing our own time in delivering support.

No-one asked us to do this

We develop and deliver this training and support because we found out during some research that many officers and volunteers aren’t confident about their community engagement skills and can find the prospect of engagement quite scary. Often people don’t know who else is doing related or similar work.

We are:

Lorna Prescott. Senior Development Officer at Dudley CVS
Jody Pritchard, Public Health Programme Manager at The Office of Public Health
Donna Roberts, Research & Intelligence Officer at Dudley Council, seconded to Dudley CVS
Helen Ashford, Community Engagement Advisor, Dudley Clinical Commissioning Group
Nicki Burrows, Children’s Development Officer at Dudley CVS
Kat Lafferty, Community Safety Team at Dudley Council

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