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Working in Inclusive Ways

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Thursday, 28 November 2013 from 09:30 to 13:00 (GMT)

Working in Inclusive Ways

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Working in Inclusive Ways


Inclusion is about taking action to remove barriers to participation and involvement. Inclusion also involves eliminating discrimination and promoting equality. Without an understanding of how prejudice and discrimination arise and operate, it is hard to make sure that you work in ways that are inclusive and fair to everyone. It is also hard to challenge others.


There is a lot of confusion and debate about what may or may not amount to prejudice, so we will focus on understanding where prejudice comes from, thinking about how to be fair and issues around language. We will consider tools which can help us in our work and activities, such as equalities and human rights law.

 Our aims are that during the session you will:

  • Hear about how people’s attitudes and behaviour has effects on others
  • Understand the roots of prejudice
  • Discuss how you can use six transferable skills to overcome prejudice and discrimination
  • Consider the Equality Act 2010 and human rights based approach to inclusion
  • Explore complexities around language in relation to inclusion
  • Think about the responsibility we each have to prevent institutional discrimination
  • Reflect and plan your own actions
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 What to expect

  • A warm welcome and a cuppa on arrival.
  • A relaxed and informal training session in which you can meet people from different organisations and areas of work.
  • We will invite you to work in pairs and small groups, so don't worry about having to speak up in front of lots of people if it's not your thing. We will also have feedback sessions so that you can hear what others have discussed. 
  • We'll give you information and ideas to discuss and explore. You already have a wealth of knowledge and experience to draw on, this training will help you to share and build on that, and to learn from each other.
Please don't expect to learn about working with specific groups of people.The idea is to develop an underpinning understanding and awareness of skills which will facilitate inclusive ways of working whoever you are seeking to involve. There are no quick fixes when it comes to engagement!

All of the resources you need to participate on the day will be made available to you, including pens and paper. We will give you handouts to take away, and let you know about websites where you can find more information.


Who we welcome at this event

Anyone from the public sector, voluntary and community sector, faith groups, social enterprises or private sector who has an interest in working with communities. This includes people who are required to inform, consult, or involve communities, and people who manage community grants or contracts, or are involved in commissioning.

engaging together training and support is designed and delivered by people who work and volunteer in Dudley borough, for people who who work and volunteer in Dudley borough. We also warmly welcome colleagues from other areas.


Your trainers 


This session is led by Lorna Prescott, a Senior Development Officer with Dudley CVS. She has worked in the voluntary and community sector in Dudley since 1997. In developing this training Lorna has drawn on her experiences of participating in and delivering Women Take Part, a critical citizenship learning programme which incorporates learning around human rights and inclusion. 


Donna Roberts will be delivering the training alongside Lorna. Donna has worked for Dudley MBC for over 20 years, with responsibility for the council’s community engagement work in the Chief Executive’s Department. Donna now spends some of her time based with Dudley CVS on engaging together activities, supporting collaboration between voluntary organisations and the council, and on a project with residents of Wrens Nest which aims to unlock community assets.

Do you have questions about Working in Inclusive Ways? Contact engaging together
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Thursday, 28 November 2013 from 09:30 to 13:00 (GMT)

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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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