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South West Wales Participation Network - FREE!
4 May 2016, 10:00 - 13:30, Pembrokeshire

North Wales Participation Network - FREE!
13 May 2016, 10:00 - 13:30, Bangor

South East Wales Participation Network - FREE!
18 May 2016, 10:00 - 1:00, Pontypool

How do we create better habits for ourselves, our local community and our planet when changing our behaviour can seem so complicated and/or unobtainable?

‘Behaviour change’ will be the theme of our regional participation network events in May 2016. Simply telling people to change their behaviour is not effective and without understanding the context, achieving long-term change can be difficult – this poses a lot of questions for organisations who work with communities: how do ‘social norms’ affect behaviour? How long do habits take to change? What barriers are there in getting people to change their behaviour?

At these network events there will have a chance to discuss this in much more detail, as well as listen to expert local speakers and explore new practical participatory techniques.

The event in Haverfordwest will be an outdoor event, held in Portfield Gate woods. You are advised to bring warm waterproof clothing and appropriate footwear. There will be some shelter, plenty of seating, basic toilet facilities and we will schedule a toilet break where a minibus will be available to drive participants to the nearest supermarket (about 5 minutes away). If you have any queries about access requirements please get in touch. This site is regularly used for community events by the National Park Authority and we’re really excited to take our participation network outdoors for the first time.

The event in Bangor is part of a larger Festival of behaviour change which is taking place during the fortnight 9th– 20th May in Pontio (Bangor University’s Arts and Innovation Centre) and organised by Wales Audit Office. The festival will feature loads of interesting speakers, workshops, lectures and films relating to behaviour change.

These regional participation networks are suitable for anyone working in the field of participation and citizen engagement.

Attendees come from a range of different organisations in the public and third sector that focus on a variety of issues. The events are suitable for anyone from any level within an organisation that has an interest in practical participatory work, including consultation officers, trustees, volunteers, development workers and managers.

These practitioner networks are lively, participatory workshops which provide an opportunity for peers to engage, share and support each other.

They provide an invaluable opportunity to:

  • Meet other practitioners in your area
  • Share good practice
  • Share ideas
  • Problem solve
  • Develop participatory skills
  • Acquire new skills

 

 

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