Shared Ground- Pilot Programme

This programme will build the capacity, skills and confidence for practitioners and all those who work closely alongside residents and in neighbourhoods to work more effectively in situations where there is conflict and tensions. It will be interactive, practical and encourage you to develop and practice your skills. At the same time it will be firmly rooted in theoretical frameworks drawn from international peacebuilding and conflict transformation approaches and methodologies. We are pleased to be designing the course with input from Tim Parry Jonathan Ball Peace Foundation and Peaceful Change Initiative. Both organisations bring substantial expertise in working in situations where there are community tensions and conflict.

The course will include the following elements:

-Conflict analysis tools; frameworks for understanding cohesion and integration, working constructively with change and conflict

-Practical, skills focused elements which support participants to develop their skills(including communication and dialogue skills)using examples drawn from recent situations

-Action steps so that participants can apply their learning and receive peer feedback and support

-The opportunity to join a community of practice convened by Belong

The training will take place over four full days in Manchester on:

26th & 27th March 2020

30th April & 1st May 2020.

Please make sure on sign up that you can attend all four days of the course. There will be further online support offered following the training so that participants can continue to apply their learning in neighbourhood and community settings and benefit from ongoing peer and Belong support via a Belong community of practice.

The course will be delivered by:

Raj Bhari from Peaceful Change Initiative

Christine Cox, Belong Lead Facilitator and Network Convener

Mike Waites from Tim Parry Jonathan Ball Peace Foundation

As Manchester City Council is a founding member of the network we are able to offer places on the course to all Belong Manchester members with priority given to Standard and Advanced members.

(Membership of Belong is free to all VCS organisations focused on cohesion and integration work who are based in Manchester up until the end of March 2020. We therefore encourage you to sign up for membership as soon as possible to guarantee a place.)

Please sign up via this link to register your interest in a place on the course. We are making a £55 charge for the course, £50 of which is refundable on completion of all four days of the training. (£5 is retained to cover admin. fees.)