CAG Skill Share Workshops Announced

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We are excited to announce the full workshop details for The CAG Skill Share 2016. The event will take place on Saturday the 12th of November from 10.00 to 17.30.

The day will be full of opportunities to learn new skills, with a choice of 12 workshops to attend. You can view the workshops below or read the full timetable here, including more on our afternoon Collaborate World Cafe and guest speaker Mark Lynas.

The event will also be open to wider networks and community groups across Oxfordshire and beyond. You can book your place via Eventbrite now!


The workshops:

The workshops will be divided into two strands, one focusing on “looking inwards” and strengthening your group, while the other focusing on “looking outwards”, building capacity and extending your reach.

Strand 1: Refresh & strengthen your group

Strand 2: Build capacity and spread your reach

How to make friends and influence people

Same old faces at every meeting?  Or worse, are you at risk of being the only face?  This interactive workshop, with Simon Kenton, will explore how to draw in new members and keep those that you’ve already got.  It will cover tips and DIY solutions for making your group not only representative it’s community, but also capable of diversifying activities and reducing burnout.

Captivating Children – Inspiring an up-and-coming green generation

Is your group working with schools or young people or planning to start? Westmill Sustainable Energy Trust will present their approach for engaging schools, followed by an interactive workshop. You will have a chance to share your experiences, find solutions to common challenges and exchange ideas on planning fun and inspiring sessions.

Getting our group working (really) well!

All groups have times when they are more or less active. Sometimes it can be hard to keep a group working and engaged so it’s important to take a step back and think ‘how are we doing and can we do better?’ This interactive session will cover tools and exercises that local groups can use to get more energised and active.  It will be led by Chris Church, Director of Community Environment Associates and an active member of Oxfordshire Friends of the Earth and Oxfordshire Climate Action Network.

How did we get here? Maximising diversity in the environment movement

This workshop, facilitated by Threads Equality Agency, will explore how people get involved in climate justice activism. We will investigate why there is a lack of personnel diversity at the top levels of environmental justice organisations, and identify productive ways to include a greater diversity of people in climate activism.

Is age a concern? Bottom-up mentoring for intergenerational justice

An interactive session designed to explore the question of intergenerational justice through mentoring. How do our approaches to environmental issues depend on our respective ages? How can community groups reach out to people of different generations and work together? Dan (The Plan) Sharf and Joe Jennings will introduce the concept of Bottom-up mentoring and give participants the opportunity to experience mentoring from the bottom-up in the session.

Building media visibility

Would you like to find out how you can get more visibility in the media for the great work that you’re doing? Bethan Thomas has run the press office for Facebook and EE as well as many other brands, large and small. She is now Head of Engagement and Communications at Resource Futures and will be sharing how to write a good press release, pitching to the media, building strong relationships and maximising content.

Organising great meetings

Do you feel like your meetings go on forever but you never get anything done? Or perhaps one person always dominates the conversation? Navigate Cooperative (formally Seeds for Change) will share facilitation skills and tools for running effective and inclusive meetings including making participatory decisions and dealing with group tricky dynamics.

How to achieve funding success

Are you hoping to bring in funding to expand your activities? Angela Cristofoli from OCVA will take you through sources of funding open to community groups and how to know what funders are looking for. She will also cover handy tips for writing a winning funding application and pit-falls to avoid.

Event Planning – Dos, Don’ts and Dreaming Big

Does event planning fill you with dread? Join this session with Peter Lefort from Eden Project Communities, to learn about and discuss how to make events simple for organisers and engaging for attendees, from health and safety to innovative new ideas.

Oxford Housing & Land Nightmare – What can communities do?

Oxford is officially one of the most expensive cities in the UK to live in. Are we in the midst of a housing and land crisis? Hear from Homes for Oxford, Oxford Fair Housing and other housing and land campaigners about the positive local solutions that are already happening and discuss what local communities can do.

CAG Gardeners’ Question Time

Are you looking to start a new growing project and need advice on seasonal planning, permaculture or engaging volunteers? Or perhaps you’re thinking of expanding your current activities and want to secure more land or run courses? Come along and ask our panel of green fingered experts including:

• Robert Longstaff – a occasional guest on the BBC Gardeners’ Question Time and organic expert, with bags of experience running adult education courses at his Oxford Garden Project.

• Incredible Edible Oxford – local specialists in permaculture, forest gardening and perennial vegetables.

• Oxgrow – fresh from their innovative “art in the garden” sessions, they are full of advice on engaging volunteers and the community.

• Phil Pritchard of the Oxford City Farm – having secured the site for the farm, Phil can give the lowdown on getting hold of land.

Growing your organisational structure

Do you know your co-operative from your BenComm or your social enterprise from your charity? If you are thinking of developing your group and changing your organisational structure come along to this workshop to weigh up the pros and cons of each model and find out more about the legal and logistical processes.