Thinking about offering Training?
Training can be a great opportunity for participants – both for the good of the project and for their own personal development – but be clear about how much of a commitment the training is likely to be and whether you can pay expenses for them to attend.
It’s also important to communicate whether training is a prerequisite for taking part. For example, will people need to attend an induction before speaking at an event?
Training isn’t always essential; there wouldn’t be an expectation for people to attend training before attending a focus group, completing a survey or joining a service based forum. However if the opportunity is longer term or focus on a specific topic or methodology it will be beneficial to those taking part and your work to offer training in these areas before the work starts.
Time to Change volunteers, for instance, must undertake training in how to approach members of the public and have conversations about alleviating stigma and discrimination, as well as how to handle difficult situations. Only after they’ve completed this training can people take part in that activity; those who express an interest in going on to co-ordinate future events are then given further training in co-ordination.
Sheffield Users Survivor Trainers [SUST] developed peer support for trainers, which includes encouraging them to debrief after delivering training, providing peer support at SUST meetings and creating opportunities for trainers to work in pairs.