Conflict in Groups: Supporting change

20th – 21st May 2017, Oxford

The Impact of Conflict
Conflict in a group can feel like a whirlwind, or like wading through a swamp. Conflicts can sometimes feel like they have a life of their own, pulling people in and draining the group’s energy.

Though conflict is powerful, and can be painful for everyone involved, it is not inevitable that it’ll destroy a group, community or project. Conflict can be a sign that change is somehow needed, and it can be a catalyst for helping the group to develop resilience and grow stronger. This is more likely when there are some people willing to get involved, with capacity to see the situation from everyone’s side, support everyone to express themselves and listen to each other, and help the group ride through the rough waters.

What this course offers
Over the course of the weekend you’ll develop your confidence to engage with conflict, whether you’re on the sidelines or right in the middle. Through small group exercises, whole group interactions, and time to reflect alone, you’ll develop your capacity to step in to conflict situations, and you’ll leave the workshop feeling more confident in what you have to offer.

This workshop can help you become a resource for your group when conflict arises. If you keep finding that conflict happens around you, and you aren’t sure how best to get involved, then this workshop will help you develop the skills and awareness to step in when you’re needed.

The Trainers
Paul Kahawatte and Hannah Lewis have been collaborating for a couple of years, supporting and training groups in relation to conflict. Paul has extensive experience as a community mediator, drawing on years of studying the principles of Nonviolent Communication and Restorative Circles. Hannah has been facilitating groups through sticky situations for eight years, and is currently studying group conflict facilitation with Processwork UK. We love working together. You can read more about us here.

How to apply
This workshop is for people active in groups working for social change in some way. You might be in a campaign group, a community group, a self-help group. You might be in a housing co-op, a workers’ co-op or a trade union.

Email hello@navigate for any questions, or to apply for a place and we’ll send you a short application form. Once we’ve received your application form, we’ll let you know whether we can offer you a place. The workshop has limited places, so get in touch soon.

Saturday 20th May: 11.30am – 6.30pm
Sunday 21st May: 9.30am – 4pm
To take part in the course, you’ll need to be available for both days.

The workshop costs £30 – £250 for the weekend. We ask that you decide what you pay, depending on how much you can afford. If you’re paying for your own place, and £30 is too much, please get in touch, and we will welcome you regardless. If an organisation is paying for your place, we ask that you pay the upper limit, but again, please get in touch if you can’t afford this.

Food and Accommodation
We will provide refreshments, but not meals. If you need a place to stay on the Saturday night in Oxford, we can look for a local host, and can otherwise help you find somewhere to stay.

The Venue
It is fully wheelchair accessible.
It is a mile from Oxford city centre, and is easily accessible from Oxford bus and train stations.

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